One in a Million (Aaliyah album)
|One in a Million|
|Studio album by Aaliyah|
|Released||August 27, 1996|
|Recorded||August 1995–July 1996|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop soul|
|Producer||Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Carl-So-Lowe, J. Dibbs, Jermaine Dupri, Kay Gee, Vincent Herbert, Rodney Jerkins, Craig King, Darren Lighty, Darryl Simmons|
|Singles from One in a Million|
One in a Million is the second studio album by American recording artist Aaliyah, first released on August 27, 1996 by Blackground Records and Atlantic Records, after publicly ending her contract with Jive Records after facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly. The album was recorded from August 1995 to July 1996 with a variety of producers including Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Carl-So-Lowe, J. Dibbs, Jermaine Dupri, Kay Gee, Vincent Herbert, Rodney Jerkins, Craig King, Darren Lighty, Darryl Simmons. The album featured several guest vocalists, including Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Treach, Slick Rick and Tank.
"One in a Million" received general critical accliam from music critics, who complimented its "depth" compared to that of her debut album and Aaliyah's vocal performances, with some critics calling it "smoother, more seductive, and stronger than before" and praised the "luxurious melodies and dreamy harmonies." Other critics called the album "one of the most influential R&B albums of the '90s", the album has been recognized by writers and music critics as redefining the genre coming into the late 1990s and solidifying Aaliyah's position as a key figure in R&B music. The album was ranked number 90 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest albums of the 90s. It was also listed as one of 33 Hip hop/R&B albums in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90s".
One in a Million debuted at twenty on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 40,500 in its opening week, twenty-two weeks later the album peaked at eighteen, being certified Gold by RIAA. within a few months, the album was Aaliyah's breakout album and a major milestone in the careers of Missy Elliott and Timbaland, the album was certified double Platinum on June 16, 1997. The album was also certified Gold by Canadian recording industry for shipments of 50,000 copies. "One in a Million" has sold over two million copies in the United States and 10 million copies worldwide
The album produced six singles, "If Your Girl Only Knew", "One in a Million", "Got to Give It Up", "4 Page Letter", "Hot Like Fire", and "The One I Gave My Heart To". The latter becoming the albums highest-charting single peaking at nine on the US Billboard. In 2004, the album was re-released in Germany with altered artwork, and again in 2006. The disc is copy-protected, and therefore will not show up when placed in some PCs, but it will show up when inserted into a Mac, and it will play in most CD players. It included the standard 17 tracks, plus the bonus song "Come Over"
After Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah's uncle, signed a distribution deal with Jive Records, he signed her to his Blackground Records label at the age of 12. Hankerson then introduced her to recording artist and producer R. Kelly. He became Aaliyah's mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of the album. Aaliyah and Kelly began recording the album in 1993 when she was 14. The duo recorded the first song, "Old School", at the Chicago Recording Company in Chicago, Illinois. While recording the album, Kelly coached her as they worked several hours in the studio. She often sang the songs multiple times in order to achieve "excellence". He claimed that Aaliyah was "one of the best young artists" he had worked with. Aaliyah's debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, was released under Jive and Blackground Records; the album debut at number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 74,000 copies in its first week. It ultimately peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States, where it was certified two times Platinum by the RIAA. In Canada, the album sold over 50,000 copies and was certified gold by the CRIA. Aaliyah's debut single, "Back & Forth", topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for three weeks and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The second single, a cover of The Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)", peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also certified Gold by the RIAA. The title track, "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number", peaked at number 75 on the Hot 100. Additionally, she released "The Thing I Like" as part of the soundtrack to the 1994 film A Low Down Dirty Shame. In 1996, Aaliyah left Jive Records and signed with Atlantic Records.
One in a Million was recorded from August 1995 to July 1996. Missy Elliott and Timbaland wrote and produced the bulk of the album. Other producers included Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, and Kay Gee. The album was executive produced by Barry Hankerson and Jomo Hankerson. 57 songs were recorded for the album, but a majority of them were cut from the final product. One of those tracks included the song, "Sugar & Spice", the first track Aaliyah did with Timbaland & Missy Elliott; however due to label disagreements with the song, it never made the final cut of the album. On October 8, 2010, a rare demo version of the song performed by 1990s R&B group, Sugah (which included notable R&B singer, Tweet) was leaked; reports have also surfaced that the track may have also been used as a sample for another R&B group, Tha' Truth, for their 1997 song, "Candy". Another track that was going to be included on the album was "I Care 4 U", but wasn't completed in time for mastering. It was later included on Aaliyah's third studio album, Aaliyah.
A sample of "If Your Girl Only Knew"
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If Your Girl Only Knew was released as the album's lead single in August 1996, it peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending October 19, 1996, becoming her third single to reach the top 20. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart for two weeks. "If Your Girl Only Knew" was also a hit in the UK, peaking in the top thirty of the UK Singles Chart at number 21 when it was originally released by itself. It was re-issued with "One in a Million" as a double A-side and reached a new peak position of number 15. The albums second single "One in a Million" was released December 10, 1996, the song was a top twenty hit in the UK, reaching number fifteen. "4 Page Letter" was released as the album third single on March 11, 1997. "Hot Like Fire and "The One I Gave My Heart To" were released simultaneously on September 16, 1997. Hot Like Fire charted poorly unlike "The One I Gave My Heart To" which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue week of October 4, 1997 at number 24 and went on to peak at number 9, making it the highest-charting single from the album. In the same issue week, the song debuted on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 18 and went on to peak at number 7. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 21, 1997.
Critical reception 
|Los Angeles Times|||
Upon the albums release it was met with critical acclaim, Allmusic gave the album four and a half stars out of five, they praised the albums "depth" and "talent" compared to her debut album, they continued to praised the "greater variety of material" and producers as well as calling Aaliyah's voice "smoother, more seductive, and stronger than before". The Los Angeles Times gave the album three and half stars out of five, who gave the album favourable reviews praising its "great material, ranging from the teasingly witchy "If Your Girl Only Knew" to the gently poignant".
Q Magazine rated the album three out of five stars praising "her smooth, sweetly seductive vocal firmly to the fore, she works through a set of predominantly slow and steamy swingbeat numbers, all clipped beats, luxurious melodies and dreamy harmonies". Slant Magazine gave the album acclaim calling it "undoubtedly one of the most influential R&B albums of the '90s, One In A Million solidified Aaliyah and the Timbo family as undeniable hip-hop forces.
Since its initial reception, the album has been recognized by writers and music critics as redefining the genre coming into the late 1990s and solidifying Aaliyah's position as a key figure in R&B music. The album was ranked number 90 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest albums of the 90s. It was also listed as one of 33 Hip hop/R&B albums in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90s".
It was an international success for the genre, with worldwide sales being 8 million as of 2008. The album debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 40,500 copies in its first week. In its 22nd week on the chart the album peaked at 18. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA On October 23, 1996; over 500,000 copies shipments. On February 5, 1997, the album was certified Platinum with over 1,000,000 copies shipments; making it, at the time, her second platinum album. On June 16, 1997, the album was certified 2x Platinum, with more than 2 million copies shipments. After Aaliyah's death, One in a Million returned to the Billboard 200, and U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. During this time the album also topped the Top Catalog Albums for 12 weeks.
Track listing 
|Standard CD Track Listing|
|1.||"Beats 4 da Streets (Intro)" (featuring Missy Elliott)||Missy Elliott, Timbaland||Timbaland||2:10|
|2.||"Hot Like Fire"||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:23|
|3.||"One in a Million"||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:30|
|4.||"A Girl Like You" (featuring Treach)||Kay-Gee & Darren Lighty||Kay Gee, Darren Lighty||4:23|
|5.||"If Your Girl Only Knew"||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:50|
|6.||"Choosey Lover (Old School/New School)"||O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, Vernon Isley, Chris Jasper||Vincent "V.H." Herbert & Rashad Smith (add'l prod. & remix)||7:07|
|7.||"Got to Give It Up" (featuring Slick Rick)||Marvin Gaye||Vincent "V.H." Herbert & Craig King||4:41|
|8.||"4 Page Letter"||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:52|
|9.||"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"||Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Japhe Tejeda||Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins||4:50|
|10.||"Giving You More"||J. Dibbs||J. Dibbs||4:26|
|11.||"I Gotcha' Back"||Jermaine Dupri, Carl-So-Lowe||Jermaine Dupri & Carl-So-Lowe||2:54|
|12.||"Never Givin' Up" (featuring Tavarius Polk)||Monica Bell, Craig King||Vincent "V.H." Herbert & Craig King||5:11|
|13.||"Heartbroken"||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:17|
|14.||"Never Comin' Back"||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:06|
|15.||"Ladies in da House" (featuring Missy Elliott and Timbaland)||Timbaland, Missy Elliott||Timbaland||4:20|
|16.||"The One I Gave My Heart To"||Diane Warren||Daryl Simmons||4:30|
|17.||"Came to Give Love (Outro)" (featuring Timbaland)||Timbaland||1:40|
|Japanese bonus tracks|
|18.||"No Days Go By"||Craig King, Rheji Burrell, Aaliyah||Vincent "V.H." Herbert, Rheji Burrell, Craig King||4:41|
|18.||"Come Over" (featuring Tank)||Johnta Austin||Bryan-Michael Cox, Kevin Hicks, Jazze Pha||3:54|
Weekly charts 
|U.S. Billboard 200||18|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||2|
|U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums||7|
|UK Albums Chart||33|
|Canadian Albums Chart||15|
|European Albums Chart||47|
|Japanese Albums Chart||11|
|Israel Albums Chart||38|
|Sweden Albums Chart||41|
|Netherlands Albums Chart||26|
Year-end charts 
|U.S. Billboard 200||175|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||60|
|U.S. Billboard 200||44|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||10|
|United States||RIAA||2x Platinum|
- Paulinho da Costa – percussion
- Executive producer: Barry Hankerson
- Labels: Blackground Records and Atlantic Records (for Warner Bros. Records)
- Aaliyah's Manager: Barry Hankerson for Aaliyah Entertainment (AE)
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