It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago today, Aaliyah slinked onto the scene with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The R. Kelly-produced album helped define the New Jack swing sound made popular by acts like Bobby Brown, Color Me Badd, Tony! Toni! Toné! and even Whitney Houston. While the album wasn’t a runaway hit, it did go onto sell 3 million copies in the U.S. alone and immediately found fans among critics and consumers alike. Two years later, One in a Million would catapult her to even more success, but songs like “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” and “Back & Forth” established a new sultry R&B diva ready take control.
On the 20th anniversary of her debut album, VH1 is taking a look back on all those ages—ahem, numbers—in the singer’s short life.
We were never too sure about the whole concept of reincarnation, but this video might have sold us on it. It comes from Turlock, Calififornia, where 17-year-old Brett Nichols absolutely tore it up at his high school talent show with spot-on Michael Jackson dance moves that would have made the King of Pop proud! Read more…
After a week dominated by speculation around the Carter-Knowles family’s interpersonal drama, Beyoncé and Jay Z want the gossip to stop. The couple released an official statement on the footage obtained from the Standard Hotel elevator, concluding that Solange‘s behavior was not the result of drunkenness and all families have their issues. The claim that Bey, Jay, Solange et al. are “no different” from other families is up for debate.
Mariah Carey kicked off Today‘s Summer Concert Series on Rockefeller Plaza this morning. And in Grand Mariah Fashion, it was a spectacle, complete with elbow-length gloves and grand pianos. But wait, is it appropriate to channel ’50s lounge singers and drape yourself atop a baby grand before 10 AM? Who cares! Mimi makes her own rules.
Drake and Rihanna have reportedly called it quits, yet again. Just as we were starting to believe they were building a solid foundation together, the music stars are parting ways, apparently because one of them is a bit too attached to the relationship.