More Than a Woman (Aaliyah song)

More Than a Woman (Aaliyah song)
"More Than a Woman"
Single by Aaliyah
from the album Aaliyah
A-side "Rock the Boat"
"I Refuse" (France)
B-side "One in a Million"
Released November 13, 2001 (2001-11-13)
(See release history)
Format CD single, vinyl single, digital download
Recorded 2000
Manhattan Center
(New York City, New York)
Genre R&B, electro hop
Length 3:49
Label Blackground/Virgin
Writer(s) Timbaland
Steve "Static" Garrett
Producer Timbaland
Aaliyah North America singles chronology
"Rock the Boat"
(2001)
"More Than a Woman"
(2001)
"I Care 4 U"
(2002)
Aaliyah Eurasia singles chronology
"We Need a Resolution"
(2001)
"More Than a Woman"
(2001)
"Rock the Boat"
(2002)
Aaliyah France singles chronology
"We Need a Resolution"
(2001)
"More Than a Woman"
(2001)
"I Refuse"
(2001)

"More Than a Woman" is a contemporary R&B/dance-pop song, written by Static Major and Timbaland for Aaliyah's self-titled third studio album, Aaliyah (2001). The music consists of a looped sample of "Alouli Ansa" a title of an Arabic song as recorded by the famous Syrian Arab singer Mayada El-Henawy."More Than a Woman" was released as the album's third North American single in fall 2001 and the album's second single elsewhere during the first quarter of 2002. The song was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in the 45th Annual Grammy Awards.

Contents

Music video

The music video for "More Than a Woman" was directed by Dave Meyers and shot in Los Angeles in August 2001, two weeks before the video shoot for "Rock the Boat". The video starts with a shot of W. 4th St. in Los Angeles, looking towards the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Aaliyah riding a 2001 model Triumph Speed Triple in the wrong direction when the camera zooms inside the exhaust pipe and shows Aaliyah dancing in a white Chanel catsuit with other female dancers between the pistons. Between cuts she is riding the motorcycle and doing wheelies and in another scene standing in front of a headlight with her back against the camera. Later in the video, Aaliyah is dancing with co-ed dancers, wearing leather pants, gloves, and boots, and a black tank-top. At the end, a silhouette of Aaliyah on her motorcycle wearing Dainese Gear is placed in front of sunset with the words "In Loving Memory of Aaliyah" above. The English Grammy-Award winning music producer Mark Ronson appears in the video as a DJ, along with then girlfriend Rashida Jones.

It premiered on January 7, 2002 and landed at #1 on BET's 106 & Park countdown right after "Rock the Boat" was retired from the countdown. In Germany the music video ranked several times at #1 on the interactive voting show Select MTV on the MTV programme Webchart. It was one of Aaliyah's most popular music videos in Germany. "More Than a Woman" landed at #11 on BET: Notarized Top 100 Videos of 2002.

"More Than a Woman" was voted by the British public as "Best Video" and received an award at the 2002 UK MOBO Awards.

Promotion

Aaliyah performed this song on Live with Regis & Kelly on July 18, 2001 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 25, 2001, her last ever performance.

Track listing

International CD single
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Album Version) – 3:50
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Club Mix) – 5:31
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Main Mix) – 8:50
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Music Video)
European CD single
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Album Version) – 3:50
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Club Mix) – 5:30
  3. "One In A Million" – 4:31
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Music Video)
Australian CD single
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Radio Edit) – 3:08
  2. "Rock The Boat" (Album Version) – 4:34
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Club Mix) – 5:31
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Main Mix) – 8:50
US 7" double A-side
  1. "Rock The Boat" (Album Version) – 4:34
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Album Version) – 3:51
European Vinyl
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Album Version) – 3:50
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Instrumental) – 3:47
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Club Mix) – 5:31
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Instrumental) – 5:29
US Promo CD 1
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Radio Edit) – 3:10
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Instrumental) – 3:47
US Promo CD 2
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Radio Edit) – 3:10
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Santana's Radio Edit) – 3:25
European Promo CD
  1. "More Than A Woman" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:08
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Edit) – 3:05
  3. "More Than a Woman" (Masters At Work Edit) – 3:56
US Promo Vinyl
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Santana's More Club Mix) – 9:26
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Santana's Radio Edit) – 3:25
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Album Version) – 3:50
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Album Instrumental) – 3:47
  5. "More Than A Woman" (Santana's More Than A Dub) – 7:56
UK Promo Vinyl
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Album Version) – 3:50
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Club Mix) – 5:31
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Bump N' Flex Dub) – 5:09
Masters At Work Remixes Promo Vinyl 1
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Main Mix) – 8:47
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Beats) – 3:22
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Guitar Version) – 4:20
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Instrumental) – 8:47
  5. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Alternative Version) – 8:16
Masters At Work Remixes Promo Vinyl 2
  1. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Dub 1) – 8:30
  2. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Dub 2) – 5:20
  3. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Dub 3) – 6:10
  4. "More Than A Woman" (Masters At Work Bonus Beats) – 4:03

Release history

Country Release Date
United States November 13, 2001 (2001-11-13)
United Kingdom January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16)

Charts

On January 13, 2002, the song became Aaliyah's only number one hit in the United Kingdom, selling 32,081 copies for that week. It became the first time in UK chart history a posthumous release has taken over from another posthumous release when the song was replaced by George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord", and the first time that a woman has had a posthumous number one single. All together, the single has sold 347,563 copies in the United kingdom.

In the Billboard Hot 100, the song entered on the chart dated issue February 2, 2002 at number seventy-one[1] and peaked at number twenty-five in its ninth week.[2] The song stayed in the chart for twenty-four weeks.[3] The song ranked fifty-eighth on the 2002 year-end chart.[4]

The song reached the top twenty in Belgium, Ireland and Switzerland.

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[5] 37
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 65
Belgium Singles Chart (Flemish)[7] 10
Belgium Singles Chart (Wallonia)[8] 31
Dutch Singles Chart 38
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 2
French Singles Chart[9] 25
German Singles Chart[6] 34
Irish Singles Chart[10] 13
Sweden Singles Chart[6] 52
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 16
UK Singles Chart[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 25
U.S. Pop 100[12] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 7
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks[11] 19
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[11] 12
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[11] 19
Preceded by
"Gotta Get thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield
UK Singles Chart number one single
January 13, 2002 – January 19, 2002
Succeeded by
"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison

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