When Aaliyah was introduced to R Kelly at a tender age of 13 by her uncle Hankerson, she had no idea her first album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number would sell 6 million copies by the end of December 1994.
R Kelly not only mentored Aaliyah as they spent hours late night trying to perfect her songs to his fast paced R&B music, they also fell in love with each other and would later get secretly married when Aaliyah turns 15.
Her songs "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number", "At Your Best (You Are Love)" and "Back & Forth" all topped the Billboard R&B charts throughout 1994 before they were over thrown by Mariah Carey's "One Sweet Day".
Aaliyah and R Kelly did manage to reach the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts as they sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S alone.To further promote the album as well as to make the most of her album's success, Aaliyah would organize a world tour with R Kelly starting early 1995.
With more than 30 shows in US, Europe and Japan.Aaliyah hardly showed any nerves while performing in front of huge crowds as a teenager.Aaliyah's funky upbeat slow jams combined with the asian inluence, especially the belly dance moves of Arabia made her songs and videos the most seductive of the 90s.
This world tour also turned her fortunes upside down and true to her name Aaliyah (translates as 'Exalted one', 'most high' in swahili) spent the money on the much needed expenses of her family and friends.
Track List -
Throw Your Hands Up
Back & Forth
Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
Down with the Clique
At Your Best (You Are Love)
No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do
I'm so Into You
Back & Forth (Mr. Lee & R. Kelly's Remix)