Six months to the day of her death on August 25, 2001, Aaliyah is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of her fans.
"Queen of the Damned," in which the late singer/actress has the title role, was king of the box office this weekend, grossing a little over $15 million to take first place. Meanwhile, the hits "More Than a Woman" and "Rock the Boat" both released as singles after she was killed in a plane crash following the "Rock the Boat" video shoot (see "Aaliyah Killed In Plane Crash") are showing no signs of letting up on radio or on video.
This summer, Aaliyah will continue to live on through her music with a still-untitled album, according to her label, Blackground. A spokesperson for the project says no exact date has been set and that it was too early to tell what material it would include.
An untitled "Aaliyah tribute album" is on the release schedule for Blackground's distributor, Universal Records, with a date of August 20, Universal said on Friday. The Blackground spokesperson clarified on Monday (February 25) that they have not yet determined what sort of material would be included on the record if it would include Aaliyah's greatest hits and/or unreleased material, or if it would feature guests paying homage to the singer.
This summer, Blackground is re-releasing the last LP we heard Aaliyah on, Timbaland and Magoo's Indecent Proposal. She's featured on a track called "I Am Music" (see "Timbaland, Magoo Have 'Another Classic' Ready With Jay-Z, Ludacris")
Timbaland, who produced many of Aaliyah's most popular songs, said in October that he would be heavily involved in putting out some of the late singer's unreleased tracks. "I've got a couple of songs that aren't even on [Indecent Proposal]," he said. "I've got a lot of unreleased stuff on Aaliyah. So some of the stuff we'll put out, but it's not gonna be the sad Baby Girl. You can grieve but so much. The grief can kill you."
Aaliyah's self-titled LP, released in July, has sold over 2.06 million copies to date, according to SoundScan.
For full coverage of Aaliyah, see "The Aaliyah Reports."