Aaliyah 1996–1999: One in a Million
In 1996, Aaliyah left Jive Records and signed to Atlantic Records. She worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott, who contributed to her second studio album, One in a Million.
“If Your Girl Only Knew”
The album yielded the single “If Your Girl Only Knew”, which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two weeks.
‘One in a million’ also generated the singles “Hot like Fire” and “4 Page Letter”
“Hot like Fire”
“4 Page Letter”
Aaliyah, Timbaland & Magoo
The following year, Aaliyah was featured on Timbaland & Magoo’s debut single, “Up Jumps da Boogie”. One in a Million peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200, selling over three million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide.
Up Jumps da Boogie
Aaliyah Graduates Detroit High & Pursues Acting
Aaliyah attended the Detroit High School for the Performing Arts, where she majored in drama and graduated in 1997 with a 4.0 grade point average. Aaliyah began her acting career that same year; she played herself in the police drama television series New York Undercover.
Anastasia: “Journey to the Past”
During this time, Aaliyah participated the Children’s Benefit Concert, a charity concert that took place at the Beacon Theatre in New York. She contributed on the soundtrack album for the Fox Animation Studios animated feature Anastasia, performing a cover version of “Journey to the Past” which earned songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Aaliyah And The Academy Awards
Aaliyah performed the song at the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony and became the youngest singer to perform at the event.