Singer-songwriter + Record Producer
Born Apr 16, 1973

Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as simply Akon, is a Senegalese American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer and businessman. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble. He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.… Read More

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1973 Birth In regards to his birth date, Akon is very protective of it, which is the reason many media outlets have reported incorrect dates. However, legal documents released by The Smoking Gun list his date of birth as April 16, 1973. … Read More


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…  He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble. … Read More
In 2005, he released the single "Lonely" (which samples Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely"). … Read More
In 2006, Akon and Young Jeezy suggested plans for a collaborative album.
In January 2007, a third single "Don't Matter" which earned him his first solo number one and second consecutive Hot 100 chart topper was released. "Mama Africa" was released as a European single in July 2007, making it the fourth overall single from the album. To coincide with the release of the deluxe edition of the album "Sorry, Blame It on Me" debuted in August 2007 on the Hot 100 at number seven.
After the unexpected death of The King Of Pop Michael Jackson, who Akon was working with, Akon released a tribute song called "Cry Out Of Joy". Akon claimed to be close friend with Jackson near the end of Jackson's life in an interview UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' in October 2008 In July 2008, a song called "Hold My Hand", an R&B duet/collaboration between Michael Jackson and Akon, circulated the internet. … Read More
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He later worked with Whitney Houston for her 2009 comeback album I Look to You, appearing on the track "Like I Never Left". … Read More
He produced and recorded “Oh Africa” for the 2010 World Cup with Pepsi. … Read More


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After a long hiatus, Akon put out the promotional single "Dirty Work" (featuring Wiz Khalifa), which was released in February 2013.
2015 42 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 1, 2015, Akon released five singles from Stadium. … Read More
2016 43 Years Old In April 2016, Akon appeared in the Chinese reality TV show I Am a Singer along with the Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang. … Read More
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