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.’
Join us after the jump…
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.
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.