Aaliyah, released on July 7, 2001, by Blackground Records and Virgin
Records America, is the third and final studio album by American R&B;
recording artist Aaliyah (pictured). Recorded periodically from 1998 to
2000, it is an R&B; and neo soul record, drawing on funk, hip hop,
alternative rock, and electronica sounds, among others. Most of the song
lyrics were written by Static Major, and deal with the complexities of
romantic love and the stages of a relationship; Aaliyah viewed the album
as a reflection of herself as both a young adult and a matured vocalist.
Aaliyah received positive critical reviews, and debuted at number two on
the Billboard 200, though sales began to drop off shortly after its
release. Following Aaliyah’s death in a plane crash on August 25, 2001,
seven weeks after the album’s release, sales skyrocketed, and the album
reentered the Billboard 200 at number one. Aaliyah was released during a
period of peak activity in contemporary R&B; since its initial
reception, it has been cited by critics as one of the best R&B; records
of its time.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Twenty-five years after her death, Joan of Arc was declared
innocent of heresy in a posthumous retrial.
Mexican–American War: American forces led by Commodore John
D. Sloat occupied Monterey, beginning the annexation of California.
The Philippine revolutionary secret society Katipunan was
founded by anti-Spanish Filipinos in Manila.
Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American to be
canonized as a saint.
The equivalent of five months of rain fell overnight in
Krasnodar Krai, Russia, causing flash floods and killing 171 people.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(business) An organizational system designed to be flexible and
responsive to the needs of the moment rather than excessively
Wikiquote quote of the day:
There are three schools of magic. One: State a tautology, then
ring the changes on its corollaries; that’s philosophy. Two: Record
many facts. Try to see a pattern. Then make a wrong guess at the next
fact; that’s science. Three: Awareness that you live in a malevolent
universe controlled by Murphy’s Law, sometimes offset in part by
Brewster’s Factor: that’s engineering.
–Robert A. Heinlein
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