From The Vault: Aaliyah – ‘More Than A Woman’

Published: Sunday 17th Feb 2019 by Joe

Today, we salute an R&B angel whose star continues to shine ever brighter as time goes by.

This week’s From The Vault is Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman.’

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Helmed by Timbaland and the late Static Major, ‘Woman’ was issued as the second single from the artist’s eponymous third and final album.

It was released posthumously and commercially was a moderate hit, peaking at #1 in the UK and #25 in both the US and France.

Though it was formally released following her shocking death, the singer performed the song twice during her album promo run in he Summer of 2001.

A contemporary take on the “I’m Every Woman” theme, the track remains one of the icon’s most celebrated.

One of the key components of its enduring popularity is the song’s vibrant video.

The MTV-ready affair was helmed by the great Dave Meyers and showcased Aaliyah dancing dynamically inside a motorcycle and fuelling the automobile with the power of her syncopated choreography.

Did You Know?: Producer and DJ extraordinaire Mark Ronson makes a cameo alongside then-girlfriend Rashida Jones in the second half of the visual.

Released in January 2002, only a few months after her tragic passing in August of the year before, ‘Woman’ became an instant favorite on music channel countdowns and serves as one of the most revered offerings from a talent who departed too soon.

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It’s somewhat fruitless rehashing the debate of what could or would have happened had her fate been different. What we will say is we love how “baby girl” has remained an inspiration for a lengthy list of artists – even outside the Urban arena.

A fact which goes to show that a true talent never ever fades.

Aaliyah, we salute you. Eternally.

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  1. Ashley Scott February 17, 2019

    I still love this one and I miss her even more.

  2. ERIC February 17, 2019

    I remember how excited I was to see the full video after MTV showed brief clips of it and left the fans wondering if and when it would be released. I met one of her dancers from the video in 2003. I still remember everything he said about Aaliyah and the video; it was all nice things.

  3. J February 17, 2019

    She really had just reached her fullest potential when she passed! I felt like we were finally getting the real Aaliyah during this era. I still don’t understand why they had to film another video before this one dropped cause this was always the stand out hit on the CD in my opinion. So sad, gone too soon.

  4. Detruth February 17, 2019

    This is actually one of my favorite videos of hers. She looks beautiful, dances are dope, and its creative!

  5. IKNOWTHETRUTH February 17, 2019

    WERK QUEEN. BODY. FACE. CATSUIT. PONYTAIL WITH THE BOUFFANT. ICONIC.

  6. Gee February 17, 2019

    Timbo and Static laced this track and Aaliyah brought it home. dope sauce!!

  7. Jazzy Bi Asian 💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ February 17, 2019

    I mean it’s Aaliyah. She is and was everything. We love you baby girl.

  8. Diane Haughton February 17, 2019

    Somebody will have to answer for allowing a drug addict to operate that plane she passed away in. I just feel like she was not protected in this industry. May she rest in paradise.

  9. NotoriousTruthTeller February 18, 2019

    Ya’ll get over it. She left her mark, thats all there is too it.

    She wasn’t a vocal powerhouse and her dancing was epic at the time. But these days Ciara dances better than she could.

    Move on.

    Great video
    And song tough.
    Childhood love!

    • eric February 18, 2019

      You brought the wrong name into this conversation to be talking about everything someone is NOT! How bout you “move on” from the idea that your favorite will live up to the fantasy that’s inside your head? The REALITY is that Aaliyah will never go out of style. I don’t have to tell you where to look to see who is still trying to emulate her in 2019.

  10. Dev February 18, 2019

    I think that Queen of the Dammed was her down fall. That taste of the dark side was enough for the evil of the industry to seep back in and ultimately was her demise and right after completing what to me is her best song and video. She looked angelic.

  11. Cruz February 19, 2019

    Aaliyah was the best to ever do it, effortlessly cool. RIP

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