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==Album Background==
 
==Album Background==
After Aaliyah's uncle, Barry Hankerson obtained a distribution deal with Jive Records, he signed Aaliyah to his Blackground Records label when she was 12 years old and introduced her to R. Kelly (who became her mentor as well as the lead songwriter & producer for her debut album).
 
 
Aaliyah's debut album, "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number" was certified double Platinum by the RIAA and sold three million copies in the United States and six million copies worldwide.
 
 
For promotion of the album, Aaliyah embarked on a world tour that lasted from 1994 to 1995, she toured throughout the US, Europe, Japan and South Africa. After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, she ended her contract with Jive Records and signed with Atlantic Records.
 
 
According to Aaliyah's cousin and Blackground Records executive Jomo Hankerson, the music industry ''“villainized” ''Aaliyah for her scandal with R.Kelly and that it was hard to get producers for the album.
 
 
In an interview, Hankerson said: ''“We were coming off of a multi-platinum debut album and except for a couple of relationships with Jermaine Dupri and Puffy, it was hard for us to get producers on the album.”''
 
 
Aaliyah commented on the R.Kelly scandal, saying: ''"I faced the adversity, I could’ve broken down, I could’ve gone and hid in the closet and said, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore.’ But I love singing, and I wasn't going to let that mess stop me. I got a lot of support from my fans and that inspired me to put that behind me, be a stronger person, and put my all into making One in a Million.”''
 
 
Initially, the album was supposed to be helmed by Puff Daddy, but the songs that the pair worked on together never got finished. According to Aaliyah: ''“I went to Puff’s studio in Trinidad for a week, We started working together but we couldn’t finish the songs on time. I had to leave, because I had to go to Atlanta to record with Jermaine Dupri.”''
 
 
Both Craig King and Vincent Herbert were the first set of producers who were asked to work on the album after plans to have Puff Daddy produce the album fell through. Once the two producers were on board, they were asked by Atlantic records to create a sound for the album.
 
 
According to King: ''"We came in right as she got her budget ready to go. Vincent [Herbert] and I were the first people she called, we were the first group. That’s why we had so much freedom to go in and create a sound because we didn’t have to do a song here or there. They wanted us to go in and build a sound. We built a sound and it was a departure from R. Kelly."''
 
 
After recording songs with Craig King and Vincent Herbert Aaliyah went to Atlanta to meet with Carl-So-Lowe and Jermaine Dupri to work on songs. When she arrived to Atlanta neither of the producers had any material to present to her during that time.
 
 
In an interview Lowe mentioned: ''"I believe Jomo, Barry Hankerson’s son, reached out to So So Def and I think it happened from there. I knew she was coming to Atlanta, and we had nothing prepared at the time".''
 
 
For the album, Aaliyah wanted to record songs that were ''"simplified"'' and ''"really good".'' She worked with Dupri and Lowe in Atlanta for about three to four days on songs.
 
 
In the midst of transitioning to a new record label Aaliyah was very anxious about the changes, according to Billboard in a press release accompanying the album, she admitted to ''"being a little anxious about jumping from Jive to Atlantic and changing up her sound, but that uncertainty never filters into the music."''
 
 
With a new distributing deal with Atlantic Records and a new team of producers, "One in a Million" was going to reestablish Aaliyah's fan base and broaden her mainstream appeal. The album featured a wide range of producers (unlike her debut album which was produced solely by R. Kelly).
 
 
With the release of the album, Aaliyah adapted to a more sexier image which was noticeable by the public. In a 1997 article discussing the "One in a Million" music video, MTV felt that Aaliyah was getting ''"all grown up and steamy in the video"'' and they asked her about her new sexier image.
 
 
According to Aaliyah: ''"As far as it being sexy, I would prefer to say sensual. Sensual is being in tune with your sensual self. Sexy, I mean that's in the eye of the beholder, such as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if people term it sexy, it's different. So I just think it's being sensual, I would rather term it as that."''
 
 
===Recording & Production===
 
===Recording & Production===
 
"One in a Million" was recorded from August 1995 through 1996. It was executively produced by Craig Kallman, Barry Hankerson and Jomo Hankerson, while Missy Elliott and Timbaland both wrote and produced majority of the album's material.
 
"One in a Million" was recorded from August 1995 through 1996. It was executively produced by Craig Kallman, Barry Hankerson and Jomo Hankerson, while Missy Elliott and Timbaland both wrote and produced majority of the album's material.
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