Originally released April 4, 2005
Reissued September 16, 2022
Considering her short and tragic career, the legacy of Aaliyah and her music speak to her massive influence and talent. We’ll never know what might have been, but between her debut album Age Is Just a Number and her untimely death in 2001 at the age of 22, Aaliyah produced three studio albums and a trove of unreleased material. Two compilation albums were released posthumously, I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah, which feature hit singles and other unreleased, collaborative, and soundtrack songs. There is some overlap between the two, especially when it comes to the hits, but collectors and Aaliyah-stans will be pleased to finally grab Ultimate Aaliyah for the first time on vinyl, which offers a more robust collection of singles and also features much of the work she did with her producer and creative partner Timbaland. Perhaps no female artist has eclipsed Aaliyah’s reign at the top of American R&B, rightly earning her laudatory titles like “The Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”. If this be the week to remember the Queen, make it Aaliyah, and bask in the sound of royalty.