You Stole My Steez: 8 Musicians Who People Say Got Famous Copying Other Singers
Ciara and Aaliyah
If you ask Timbaland, he says Ciara is the next Aaliyah, in fact he was quoted as saying, ”
“People would say “Oh Ciara is the next Aaliyah” – yes she is. She keeps my girl alive, so when I hear Ciara a tear come out my eye, coz I’m like “wow, she ain’t forgotten. That sound is still gonna be heard. These kids who don’t know [and know] Ciara will go “Who she sound like? Baby girl Aaliyah” and then they go back and buy the Aaliyah stuff and be like “Aaliyah sound better than her” or somethin’. The point is Aaliyah won’t be forgotten.”
When she came out, people were throwing shade at her for having a style that seemed to come too close to the late singer. From the tomboy look that Aaliyah wore so well, to the dance moves, and even Ci’s work with Missy, who was a constant collaborator with Aaliyah and friend, the comparisons never really stopped. The folks at GIANT even went as far as to ask if Ciara would even be around if Aaliyah was still alive? I can see why people would say she bit Aaliyah’s style, but at the end of the day, I don’t think their music is similar in the least bit. I think Ci’s just someone who admired Aaliyah a bit much, but is still trying to do her own thing. What do you think?