New Music: The-Dream – ‘One in a Million’ (Aaliyah Cover)

The-Dream

The-Dream takes on the tough task of covering Aaliyah’s classic “One in a Million” for his upcoming mixtape Love Sessions. We repeat, tough task.

Download: The-Dream – “One in a Million” (Aaliyah Cover)

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60 Comments

  1. ...

    awful. he can’t sing worth a damn. it sounds like bad karaoke. next.

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  2. ....

    nobody should touch an Aaliyah song. Maybe borrow and line here or there to pay homage, but not an entire song. this is garbage

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  3. Nicole

    okay dream u need to stop enough already go back to writing or what u are good at lol

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  4. love love 90210

    What the heck did he just do?? He deserves a slap in the mouth!! he butchered Aaliyah’s song.

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  5. laos

    HAM!!!!
    HOT A** MESS

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  6. bass_man

    this is one of those thanks..but no thanks and never again type covers. shoulda left this the hell alone lol

    TOUGH. TASK.

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  7. Giselle

    Definitely a tough task. Aaliyah’s music can’t be touched, sorry.

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  8. anthony

    is this a joke?!?!? shame on dream for this one.

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  9. Chucky

    I love it…alot of his music sounds like music of that time…ad i think dream and aaliyah together would be amazing….i love it.

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  10. dillon_68

    This isn’t bad at all. Good effort!

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  11. DJ

    Wow you can tell when fake bloggers come here and post a response

    this song is terrible the Dream is a awful singer

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  12. Meow

    my ears are bleeding! stick to producing

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  13. Dean

    awful !!!

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  14. Lindsay

    Well he tried, but I agree Aaliyah was a special person and ahead of her time musically. Take a sample or lyric, but if you gonna cover one of her songs,come hard and come correct; which sadly Dream did not.

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  15. Cari

    I totally agree, covering an Aaliyah song is a tough task.. Her songs are some that shouldnt be touched cuz your just gonna embarass yourself LOL

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  16. 2.OH

    not bad…it is off a mixtape. Hating is too easy, get real

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  17. Phoenix_Wright

    He did aight, not terrible, not great.

    Picked the wrong song. I never really was big on One in A Million (BORING!) and hated how Aaliyah was O.D praised after her death. People were checking for her, but not as much as they were until after she died. But that is how life is. He should of tried 4 Page Letter.

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  18. MaBinti

    LOL at people who thought Aaliyah only got hot after she died. True death brings more attention to artists but to say Aaliyah wasn’t hot before her death is quite laughable. Her last album debuted at number 2 before her death and she signed on to be in both Matrix movies. That doesn’t sound like moves from a B-star lol. You guys crack me up.

    On to Dream on…
    This is the most awful cover I’ve heard in a long time and I thought John Legend’s “Dont you worry about a thing” was bad! His harmonies are off and he still sounds like a teenager on song sung by precocious teenager! Furthermore, after hearing this crap, Dream on has taught me: American music standards have fallen dramatically and Overseas and underground are still the best outlets for Black music. This is shameful.

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  19. Phoenix_Wright

    @MaBinti
    If that is directed @ me then I didn’t say she got hot after she died, she remained the how she was to me, a cool R&B artist. I said the praise came very often after her death. People I knew that never messed with her all of a sudden became instant fans! Just like how after Michael Jackson’s death occurred his album sales (that were already great) went through the roof. And these are albums that came out maybe around 10-25 years ago. These people are not true fans, just bandwagon riders.

    “like omg just cause so & so died let me buy and like their music”, that is sad -_-

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  20. Sunny

    @Phoenix_Wright
    I understand what you’re saying, but I have to say that I was one of those fans of Aaliyah who realized the integrity and brilliance of her music after she passed. Call me a “bandwagon rider,” but I say it’s never too late to respect a great artist. Maybe I came late in the game, but I’m still a true fan of Aaliyah’s work.

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  21. Jade

    Can I just add that I was a huge Aaliyah fan fro
    te start, she and I are/would be the same age so I always felt a kind of connection with her. And yes I do agree that after a artist death their popularity kind of gets a boast. But as a fan I just smile and thank God that her ( well theirs I see you MJ, left eye, biggie) music and artisty touches people it might not have. Cause music never dies.

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  22. jessef

    fuqk what yall say i like it….. its actually good… dam the girl has passed so he is paying her respect… fuqkkk yall real negative ass…

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  23. BV

    RADIO KILLA!

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  24. Chilly

    Love Aaliyah, RIP Babygirl. Favorite artist or all time. That said, i’d rather hear his wife Christina Millian TRY and sing an Aaliyah song before the dream. WOW, what a mess. You just don’t mess with perfection.

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  25. RUDE BOY

    I honestly like it, it’s really not as bad all you all are making it out to be!

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  26. JRoc76

    I THINK the brighter the star the more ppl hate it, IF U DONT LIKE IT JUST SAY NOT FOR ME, DONT SAY ALL THE MUSIC THAT ARTIST PUTS OUT IS GARBAGE but the track is BETTER THAN SOME OF YALL SAY…..

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  27. Dillon_68

    @RUDE BOY, I agree, I have already listened to it 6 times today! I won’t download it though, I only download singles, not a mixtape guy. But this song has gotten me even more excited for Love King. I’m a huge The-Dream fan and I respect him for paying homage to one of the best R&B females of all time. RIP Aaliyah, at your best, you are loved.

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  28. JD

    Garbage. He stinks. Period.

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  29. GangsterA

    I like it its a tough song and he did great btw his shoes is hot

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  30. D-nice

    this is not good but its not bad either. he’s the best male artist to use for this song. If Aaliyah was still alive she and Beyonce would be the 2 best female artists alive. It will be interesting to see how they make this Aaliyah movie. I agree with @Rude Boy, it isn’t bad at all.

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  31. chet

    you just don’t mess with a classic like this. he didn’t/couldn’t capture the songs essence. damn, makes me miss aaliyah SO MUCH. she was too dope and way ahead of her time.

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  32. mississiy

    very good!

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  33. drtash

    GARBAGE…AND HE CAN’T SING!!!!I LOVED Aaliyah’s version like crazy (still listen to it too occasionnally) coz it’s one of her greatest pieces of work. This has to be the worst cover version of an Rnb song in a very long time. It just goes to show how up his own ass he really is. I hope Missy and Timbaland didn’t give him the OK to do this song, cause this is what I call SACRILEGE, and isn’t this a chick song anyway???SMH.

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  34. drtash

    sorry “occasionally” and “cause”. my bad.

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  35. chris

    YESS TOUGH TASK!

    BUT THE DREAM DID ALLRIGHT.

    IF ANYBODY SHOULD DO THIS SONG ALL OVER IS CIARA!
    SHE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO COULD PROBABLY PULL OFF A AALIYAH SONG!

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  36. CiaraMedlies

    ??!!! its not as bad as evryone is making it out 2 be….its cute, thats all, CIARA is the ONLY artist that can pull off a AALIYAH song, justsaying……

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  37. tell'em

    Its aight but he(everyone) should leave Aaliyah songs unless they’re respected in the industry vocally and career-wise. This is an easy song to sing and he still needed computer assistance. When Aaliyah did it she was comfortable and real smooth over the track. RIP Baby Gurl..

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  38. MusicatedOne

    @ Chris no….Ciara is definitely not the ONLY person to pull off an aaliyah song vocally.

    Amerie (I just died, float, crazy wonderful, just like me, just what I needed to see etc)could definitely sing an aaliyah song.

    Brandy (turn it up, I tried, come as you are, etc) could also sing an aaliyah song and add a more alto/tenor flavor to it.

    Tweet (turn the lights off, beautiful, iceberg etc) could definitely cover an aaliyah song..especially “At your best”.

    there are some others but they come to mind instantly…oh and The dream sucks on this!! FAIL!

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  39. MusicatedOne

    even Janelle Monae could pull off an aaliyah song…have U heard how versatile she is? her range? her vocal abilities in general? not a game!

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  40. I Care 4 U

    i miss aaliyah so mutch, it’s still hard to realise that there never will be a next album with new songs or new video’s of her/
    the one thing that i liked about this song from the-dream is that people will remember her: best r&b singer in the world, forever

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  41. MusicatedOne

    well actually there are unreleased recordings of atleast 11 songs that she didn’t finish or make the Aaliyah album that she recorded in Australia…but no one seems to know how to get them. one of the tracks called dancin was leaked on staticmajor site

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  42. sandza101

    DREAM aint that bad!!!! i think ciara would be able pull this one off even tho u bitches wud be throwing shade before the song gets to 5 seconds

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  43. Stephonne

    It’s not that bad… People are right, Dream is no Aaliyah and our impression of that song will always be based on the first we have, which is beautiful. I love miss Aaliyah from her start to the very end and still love her but c’mon guys. An artist has the right to make a cover and pay homage. It definitely wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t off key. A woman would’ve sounded better but I like that a guy finally tried to cover an Aaliyah song. It switches things up. I’m actually not a Dream fan but this might actually be the best I’ve heard him on a track to be honest. No one will ever sound like the original of anything and you can’t make everyone happy. I must actually (and I never thought I would say this to a Dream performed song)… good job. Writing, however, is his strength.

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  44. MusicatedOne

    ^Not true…Dream just could not handle this “VOCALLY” challenging song. I can think of many other male singers who would have done a better job…Usher, Justin Timberlake, Mario, maybe Bobby V, Ryan Leslie, Pleasure P….almost any male singer other than DREAM!!! shyt even Drake would have done a better job. Dream was messy and a major fail point BLANK.

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  45. Liss

    Never been a fan

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  46. cherish the music

    The dream cant sing….but is cd”s are well established and his producing for other artist and him self has been a success =)

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  47. akha

    still all about the og. this beat was groundbreaking when it dropped, back when timbaland was hot..

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  48. DC_1

    Considering the fact that Aaliyah vocals where horrible and she could never sing live, the dream did ok not great. I was an Aaliyah fan but lets be real her last cd never really lived up to One in a million and people didn’t really start checkin for her until after she died! Get over it, it Aaliyah was still alive she would be washed up just like everyone else from the 90′s!

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  49. Khamani

    Omg. You people need to CHILL. I liked Aaliyah before she died, but a lot more after her death because I was like 7 years old when she died, so I wasn’t that much into listening to music anyways except for maybe the songs I heard on Disney Channel… I understand Phoenix_Rider completely because I loved Michael Jackson before his death (and JUST remembered he had the song Smooth Criminal months before his death on MTV Jams… how odd), but knew more songs after, but I just knew you were going to be slammed for what you said because of how you said it. I mean, how do you go from talking about this song to about Aaliyah’s death. Just rate the song please… I don’t like it too much. The-Dream could’ve done better. I never really thought he could sing all that great, but c’mon… this is AALIYAH. So, I don’t disagree with the fact that he TRIED to cover an Aaliyah song because it’s really not that big of a deal to me because FOB cover “Beat It” by MJ before he died & a lot of people cover songs, but… I just disagree with how he sung the song.

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  50. KENN CUDI

    OMG DO U KNOW HOW BAD I WANNA FIGHT THE DREAM HE KNOW HE WRONG FOR THIS. HE SHOULD BE BANNED FROM THE DAMN INDUSTRY NEVER ALLOWED TO SING R&B AGIN HE UCKED UP THIS TIME LMAO LEAVE AALIYAHS SONGS TO ALLIYAH LMAO
    RIP BABY GURL

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  51. Adam Walnutz

    I am a fan of both The Dream and Aaliyah. I have to admit that The Dream did not do this song any justice. He should have left this one alone. On the other hand, at least people are still talking about the beautiful, talented artist Aaliyah. Even though The Dream butchered this classic, at least our baby girl Aaliyah has not been forgotten and her musical talent will always be remembered. Good try, Dream. Unfortunately, you struck out on this one.

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  52. LaLaa.

    You are interpreting it totally wrong. Clearly this more about who sang it originally. But the dream did a decent job and it was enjoyable. oF course Aaliyah did a better job, but your overreacting.
    In addition, your comments wouldnt be the same if she were alive. He’s simply paying his respects, i respect him for that.

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  53. Donte

    I like cover songs good cover songs but this is A decent cover, The Dream should have Down With The Clique a minor aaliyah song that would have better than one million i hope somebody does a better job of this song, i like Aaliyah but she was minor star compare to Brandy but i liked both of them Back in the 90,s i would have like to see Amerie cover this song that would have cooler than The Dream verison.

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  54. Donte

    IF Aaliyah where still living i would her to cover Rush,s Tom Sawyer

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  55. MissO

    first off R.I.P to Aaliyah ,,, i think the dream did a decent job ,do i feel like it cudda been betta, yeah, but he did aite.. LOL @ PPL sayin Aaliyah wuz only hot after death … 1st album DOUBLE-PLATINUM … 2nd DOUBLE-PLATINUM… 3rd 750,000+ & nearly 2MIL WORLDWIDE (both n just 5WEEKS (B4 HER DEATH)) HER HIGHEST DEBUTIN & FASTEST SELLIN OF THA 3 wit only “1″ SINGLE…then she had bout “7″ BIG MOVIE DEALS on tha table GTFOH tell me “HOW IS THET ‘NOT’ HOT” … still LMAO @PLL..

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  56. MissO

    n tha whole brandy thing dont get me twisted brandy wuz def. hot, but ta call Aaliyah minor 2 brandy iz bullshit especially when a lot of brandy sells were based on ALBUMS SHIPPED while Aaliyahs were based on ACTUAL ALBUMS SOLD…did brandy still sell, hell yeah she did, but when ppl act like she wuz just shittn all ova A, LMAO, SHID!…by tha way since ppl wanna go there Aaliyahs voice wuz more beautiful, her music wuz betta & most of her shit wuttn ‘dated’ like a lot of others at thet time, she danced etc., i mean look at 2000 alone HIT MOVIE RMD, HIT SOUNDTRACK, & HIT SINGLE “ALL AT THA SAME TIME” … by tha time 2000 came brandy career wuz fading as Aaliyahs wuz still growin, LMAO … so she wuttn too minor… o yeah tha big one… IF IT WUTTN FOR AALIYAH CUMN OUT N SETTIN THET TREND THERE WUDDN B NO FUKN BRANDY N WHOEVA ELSE… STILL LMAO …

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  57. Donte

    Brandy did more than in record sell her frist album Brandy,s Brandy sold more all of 3 aaliyah,s cd togather i like them both i been fan since i was 12 years old i liked aaliyah & brandy since day one but the fact is aaliyah was more popluar in eupore and asia africa than the u.s back in the 90,s it, was Brandy and monica not aaliyah today if aaliyah were still living it would be her. Because her 3rd cd would cause her to go a step higher my mom discover her right before she died. aaliyah cd,s 2X platium while brandy sold frist cd sold 4x platium and 2nd cd never say never sold 5x platium

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  58. dont trip

    first of all the dream is a good r&b artist i guess alot of u are just haterz.. the song was good. i actually like his version more than the other version..
    im not saying he did the best cover in the world.
    it was alright but not the greatest.. and stop trying to act like u know her… unless ur realted to her or ur a really good friend… dont talk… cuz u dont know what shes thinking….. im not tryin to diss aaliyah im just saying… stop talking smack.. foreal!!!! please stop tryin to act like u know her cuz u dont.

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  59. Stedman

    I love Aaliyah, I’ve been a fan since I was 5, but The-Dream ain’t committing no crime here. All of y’all just hating on him because this is Aaliyah’s original song, not because of how well he done. It’s not a big deal. Y’all look very stupid and ignorant. I don’t think Aaliyah would be acting like a bunch of jacks about a minor issue like this.

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  60. Jay Saenz

    I bet half these people haven’t even heard the song, both songs are great but I like The Dreams version better, as for his singing in the song he didn’t TRY to out do the original singer if you haven’t heard his other songs don’t come up in here and join the other trolls who wish they could come up to par with him.

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