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Aaliyah's 'One in a Million' Tops Trending 140 on Anniversary of Her Death

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Fourteen years after her passing, Aaliyah’s legacy still carries her to the top of the charts.

One of the R&B singer’s most popular cuts, “One In A Million,” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 earlier today (Aug. 25) and held in the top 10 for several hours as social media tributes poured in to mark the anniversary of her death. Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Haughton) died on Aug. 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single “Rock the Boat.”

“Million” is the title track from the singer’s second studio album, which features some of the earliest hit records by Timbaland and Missy Elliott. The track led the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for eight weeks in 1996 and 1997, Aaliyah’s longest stretch at the top, while its parent album climbed to No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. One in a Million spun off two top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, “If Your Girl Only Knew” (No. 1, two weeks) and “The One I Gave My Heart To” (No. 8).

During her abbreviated career, Aaliyah racked up 11 top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including the No. 1s “Back and Forth,” “If Your Girl Only Knew” and the posthumously released “Miss You.”


She recorded a Billboard Hot 100 milestone the week of June 17, 2000, when her song “Try Again” became the first track to reach No. 1 solely based on radio airplay. (A change in chart rules starting Dec. 5, 1998 allowed airplay-only songs to chart. Prior to that date, only songs available for purchase were eligible to chart.)

A little over a year later, following her death, she topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time with her self-titled album (on the list dated Sept. 15, 2001).