Aaliyah has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide.
She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop".
Aaliyah's family was very close due to the struggles of her grandparents and when the Haughtons moved to Detroit, the Hankersons were ready to take them in if necessary.
At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die.She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again".After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned.She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.