One in a Million is Aaliyah's second studio album that was released on August 27, 1996 by Blackground Records & Atlantic Records.


  1. Beats 4 Da Streets (Intro) 2:10
  2. Hot Like Fire 4:23
  3. One In A Million 4:30
  4. A Girl Like You 4:22
  5. If Your Girl Only Knew 4:51
  6. Choosey Lover (Old School/New School) 7:07
  7. Got To Give It Up 4:41
  8. 4 Page Letter 4:52
  9. Everything's Gonna Be Alright 4:49
  10. Giving You More 4:25
  11. I Gotcha' Back 2:53
  12. Never Givin' Up 5:11
  13. Heartbroken 4:19
  14. Never Comin' Back 4:06
  15. Ladies In Da House 4:20
  16. The One I Gave My Heart To 4:30
  17. Came To Give Love (Outro) 1:40

Album Background

Chart Performance

Critical Reception


In an effort to generate visual awareness for the album, Aaliyah's record label began to run advertisements on June 24-July 8 on cable channels such as BET and The Box.

The music video for the lead single, "If Your Girl Only Knew" was serviced to both local and national video shows on July 8, 1996.

Immediately after the lead single and its accompanying video was released, the label went on a heavy print ad campaign featuring Aaliyah in publications such as Seventeen, The Source and other media publications.

Due to Aaliyah's outstanding academic performance in school the label planned to run ads in the magazine "React" an educational teen publication inserted in various daily and weekly papers across the country.

Since Aaliyah was an advocate for breast cancer screenings and champions the plight of Alzheimer's disease the label planned for her to do a series of PSA's on those issues.

In support of the album, an international promotional tour was planned in which she would tour late in the summer/early fall in the United States. Towards the end of September, Aaliyah would tour internationally in places such as the UK, Germany, South Africa and Japan.

In September 1996, Aaliyah made an appearance at MTV's sixth annual Rock N' Jock event which aired on MTV on October 26, 1996, During the event, she participated in the celebrity basketball game and performed her song "If Your Girl Only Knew" during the half time show.

On November 16, 1996 Aaliyah performed on Soul Train.

At the beginning of 1997, she made an appearance on the FOX television show New York Undercover as a musical guest; during her appearance on the show she performed "Choosey Lover" and the episode that she taped aired on January 16, 1997.

On February 17, 1997 Aaliyah performed One In A Million on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. On February 18, 1997, she performed "One In A Million" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In March of 1997, Aaliyah made an appearance at MTV's annual spring break celebration in Panama City, Florida.

During MTV Spring Break, she performed her song One in a Million and hosted a segment from the concert special called The Grind where she interviewed the Spice Girls before they performed.[50][51] Also in Spring 1997 Aaliyah was planning a tour with Az Yet and Foxy Brown but no further news on that tour was ever mentioned.[20]

In August of 1997, MTV News reported that Aaliyah was going on a nationwide tour with Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Mary J. Blige. The tour started on August 28, 1996 in Buffalo, New York and ended on October 5, 1996 in Phoenix, Arizona.

During the month of August, Aaliyah made a televised appearance on the short lived Vibe (talk show) where she performed "Hot Like Fire" and gave the show's host a gift basket full of promo items. During that same month, she performed at KKBT's annual Summer Jam concert in Irvine, California at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

In the midst of touring in September 1997, Aaliyah performed her song "One in a Million" on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That.

In October 1997, Aaliyah performed "The One I Gave My Heart To" at Nickelodeon's fourth annual The big help event in Santa Monica, California.

On December 10, 1997, she performed "The One I Gave My Heart To" at the UNICEF Gift of Song benefit gala which aired live on TNT. Also in December, she performed on the annual Christmas in Washington television special.

She also co headlined the B-96 B-Bash hosted by the Chicago radio station B96. During the concert, she performed multiple songs including "The One I Gave My Heart To."

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