2001–2005: Posthumous career
The week after Aaliyah’s death, her third studio album, Aaliyah, rose from number 19 to number one on the Billboard 200. “Rock the Boat” was released as a posthumous single. The music video was premiered on Black Entertainment Television’s Access Granted; it became the most viewed and highest rated episode in the history of the show. The song peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was also included on the Now That’s What I Call Music! 8 compilation series; a portion of the album’s profits were donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund.The following two singles from Aaliyah, “More than a Woman” and “I Care 4 U”, peaked within the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified double Platinum by the RIAA and sold 2.5 million copies in the United States.
Miss You (Tribute To Aaliyah)
She went on to win two posthumous awards at the American Music Awards of 2002; Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B/Soul Album for Aaliyah. Her second and final film, Queen of the Damned, was released in February 2002. Before its release, Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad, re-dubbed part of her lines during post-production. It grossed $15.2 million in its first weekend, ranking number one at the box office. On the first anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, a candlelight vigil was held in Times Square, where millions of fans took a moment of silence. Throughout the United States, radio stations played her music in rememberance. In December 2002, a collection of previously unreleased material was released as Aaliyah’s first posthumous album, I Care 4 U. A portion of proceeds was donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund, a program that benefits the Revlon UCLA Women Cancer Research Program and Harlem’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 280,000 copies in its first week. The album’s lead single, “Miss You”, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In August of the following year, clothing retailer Christian Dior donated profits from sales in honor of Aaliyah.
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