Today, singer Aaliyah would have turned 35.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born Jan. 16, 1979 in Brooklyn. When she was a child she moved to Detroit with her family, where she grew up. It wasn't long after moving to Detroit that Aaliyah got her big break when she signed with Jive Records at the age of 12. She also signed with Blackground Records, which is owned by her uncle, Barry Hankerson.
During her career, Aaliyah released three albums including Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, One in a Million, and Aaliyah. She also appeared on several TV shows and films, including New York Undercover and Romeo Must Die.
Aaliyah died on aug. 25, 2001 after he plane crashed after leaving The Bahamas. Aaliyah had been on the island filming a music video for "Rock the Boat." She was 22 at the time of her death.
Today, we celebrate Aaliyah's life, career, and birthday with four interesting facts about the singer.