Original Album Sales – Comments
1994 Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number – 2,850,000
1996 One in a Million – 4,250,000
2001 Aaliyah – 5,100,000
Obviously passing away at only 22 doesn’t allow one to have an extensive discography. Releasing 3 albums within’ that time frame, Aaliyah has been growing all along.
Her first two records failed to break non-Urban audience in the US and were thus logically not promoted at a Worldwide scale, except on markets cherishing R&B like the Netherlands and Japan.
In-between, being also a successful actress, she was busy participating in as many as 9 Soundtracks, most notably 2000 album Romeo Must Die. From it, she extracted the global hit Try Again, rising her profile a lot with positive results very visible in her self-titled third album that came one year later.
All in all, those three albums sold 12,2 million units. Definitely a decent total, nevertheless it is nothing record breaking, especially during an era of heavy album sales. It must be said that last two albums are out of print for a decade already due to label issues, which clearly doesn’t help. In any case, as iconic as she may be, Aaliyah never managed to be an A-League star. Album sales is only one format though and we are going to check her physical singles right now.