Akon Akon
Singer-songwriter, record producer
Akon Akon
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.
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Muslim Immigrants Are Among America's Best
Huffington Post - 7 days
As President Donald Trump signed his executive order two weeks ago ending all resettlement of refugees in U.S. for four months and placing an indefinite freeze on people arriving from seven Muslim majority countries, he claimed these draconian steps are necessary to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists.” The President then declared ominously, “We don’t want them here…We only want to admit into our country those who will support our country and deeply love our people.” In fact, there is no evidence that President Trump’s poorly thought-through order will keep out any terrorists. Rather, what Trump has managed to accomplish is to bar from the U.S. thousands of innocent and desperate people — Muslims and others ― who are themselves under imminent peril from being slaughtered by ISIS or Al-Qaeda in war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Obscenely, among those who have been banned from entry to the U.S. are brave Iraqis who have risked their lives to serve as translators a ...
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Singer Akon backs Liberia schools' partnership with firm
Yahoo News - 4 months
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Senegalese-American hip-hop star Akon is endorsing Liberia's plan to outsource oversight of its primary education system to a Kenya-based for-profit company, a decision that some local educators have denounced.
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Akon Lists His $2.6M Fixer-Upper Mansion in Atlanta
Fox News - 10 months
Akon's home is in a gated community, sits on 13-plus acres, and boasts nearly 15,000 square feet of living space. But, it "is currently in need of repair." The post Akon Lists His $2.6M Fixer-Upper Mansion in Atlanta appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: R&B Star Monica Puts Us on 'Red' Alert
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo and videos by shootmepeter.com Legs. ZZ Top sang about them. Models get big pay days for them. Lt. Dan didn't have them. Obviously, this is a silly way to start off an article, but here we are. It's a poor segue for me to use the word in the context of longevity. Only a handful of artists - especially in the R&B genre - have had a lengthy, always-relevant career in the biz. Monica clearly is one of them. You listened to her when she was a kid, and when you were a kid. Now, she's an adult, and well, you're still listening to her, aren't you? Your kids probably are, too. Last month, the Grammy Award winning R&B singer dropped her eighth studio album - Code Red - and it's far from a threat. We're sadly so used to that term it's nice for it to be associated with some good for a change. On the LP, she delivers some of her deepest, most fully-realized material ever, and scores big by utilizing the skills of peers like Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, and Akon. If you ...
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Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kendrick Lamar drops number #1 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Considered a genre bending, crown achievement for hip-hop music, Kendrick's 2015 album opened the doors for the possibility of the rebirth of classic hip hop albums filled with conceptually intricate songs, knocking beats, voracious rhymes and virtuosic performances by incredible musicians. With a formula 1/3 G- Funk and Funkadelic , 1/3 Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron and 1/3 NWA and Nas, Kendrick's dynamic presence in the marketplace thrilled Grammy voters to the tune of 11 Grammy nominations including Best Album. His album not only titillated and inspired his fans while challenging also them to love themselves on the song "I", the words for another also became an anthem for youthful protest in America as the chant "We Gon' Be Alright" was used often as the battle cry for civil and human rights. Kendrick's "Alright" was the first protest chant or song to be used nationwide since 'We Shall Overcome', essentially celebrating ...
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Don't Say Michael Jackson. "Don't Say You Love Me" is B. Howard's Hit
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It says enough that Beverly Hills pop artist Brandon "B." Howard has just released a single that's in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's dance song chart. But his history with the legendary Jackson family is too intriguing to leave it there. A speaking voice genuinely like Michael's invokes an eerie specter when trying to extract basic information, like how old he is. His whispery answer: "Timeless." So, looking for clues.... On December 13, the day after his release party for "Don't Say You Love Me" (DSYLM) at Berlin's hot Felix ClubRestaurant, B. Howard was agog over the presence of Hollywood types at his celebration. "It was freaking awesome. People from James Bond were there and all," he shared breathlessly. "I had a rocking release party last night." Along with his uncorrupted face and pubescent tenor, that kind of zeal over starry peripherals would put him at around 19. But it turns out he's been working as a record producer since 2003. A teenager he is not. More import ...
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Accused killer crash mum Akon Guode breaks down in court - Herald Sun
Google News - about 1 year
Herald Sun Accused killer crash mum Akon Guode breaks down in court Herald Sun Akon Guode, centre, is comforted by family and friends at a memorial for her children. Picture: Ian Currie. A MOTHER accused of killing her three children by driving them into a lake stood by and watched them die, court documents reveal. Court ... Mum who drove car with kids into Wyndham Vale's Lake Gladman collapses in courtThe Age Mother accused of drowning three children pleads for freedomThe Australian (blog) Vic mum in court on child murder chargesYahoo7 News ABC Online all 22 news articles »
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Akon To Debut New Albums On His Own 'Stadium' App
Huffington Post - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- On the cusp of his first album release since 2008, Akon wants to steer his considerable fan base away from services like YouTube to a new - and Akon-branded - app where he'll give away music for free, supported by ads. That might strike you as a head-scratcher, given Akon's millions of album sales. But with digital downloads falling and streaming on the rise, it makes sense to the hip-hop star. Akon spoke exclusively with The Associated Press about his plans. This interview was edited for brevity. Q: Back in 2010, you said "Stadium" would come out that year. A: Unfortunately there was a lot of changes happening within the Universal (Music) building. They were restructuring. And my project unfortunately got caught up in the midst of it. In the meantime, I was building the Konvict Africa brand, releasing artists such as P-Square and Wizkid. As that was happening I also got involved in energy, and started the Akon Lighting Africa project. I started realizing ...
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Q&A: Why hip-hop's Akon decided to appify his next albums
Yahoo News - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the cusp of his first album release since 2008, Akon wants to steer his considerable fan base away from services like YouTube to a new — and Akon-branded — app where he'll give away music for free, supported by ads.
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Women in Tech Entrepreneurs: Yasmine El Baggari, Making the World a Smaller Place
Huffington Post - over 1 year
One of the most amazing aspects of the internet is how interconnected we've all become. In just seconds, we can connect via Skype or Viber. Yasmine El Baggari has launched Voyaj, an online platform that serves as the intersection where technology and personal interaction meet. Voyaj matches hosts and travelers worldwide to provide meaningful exchanges, opening hearts and minds. The Voyaj mission is to build relationships between like-minded people who believe one-on-one relationships can lead to a more peaceful world. Matches are based on common interests and values, and curiosity about other cultures and locations. Voyaj matches travelers and hosts who want to share an authentic experience. Voyaj members create a profile that includes a video post on the site describing their interests and what they have to offer. Hosts are happy to welcome the guests in their home. Yasmine is passionate about connecting people to bridge cultures. While pursuing her dream to visit all 50 ...
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40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the nation's ever-so important growing demographic by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of these leaders for their worldwide achievements. One way to do so is through the Global Diaspora Week which perfectly coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, thus creating a great opportunity to highlight diverse innovators from one of the nation's largest groups, the Hispanic Diaspora. Another is by admiring the great role models in international affairs such as: Hon. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Amb. Arnold Chacon, Amb. Carmen Lomellin, Amb. Carolyn Curiel, Deputy Secretary Jaime Areizaga Soto, Amb. Julissa Reynoso, Amb. Lino Gutierrez, Hon. Maria Echaveste, Hon. Maria Otero, Dr. Rebecca Chavez, Amb. Tony Garza and Amb. Vilma Martinez to name a few. They have paved the way for the current generation of rising stars who must now take the mantle and open doors for others because today there are still too few Hispanics in the U.S ...
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Puff Daddy Takes Over SLS Foxtail Pool Club Fight Weekend
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lil' Wayne, Mase & Puff Daddy - Photo Credit: Angela Cripps- CIROC Vodka Vegas was alive this weekend with the highly anticipated Mayweather/Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Casino hosts were snapping up tickets for their high rollers that were rumored to cost upwards of $100,000. Numerous celebrities were spotted on fight night, but many showed up early to party with Puff Daddy at SLS - Foxtail Pool Club earlier that day. Puff Daddy teamed up with Sports Illustrated to create quite the experience for those select few invited. Guests were entertained by performances by Puff Daddy and Mase. Later, Lil' Wayne made a surprise visit and took the stage. Akon - Photo Credit: Angela Cripps - CIROC Vodka Hip hop recording artist, Akon performed for guests later that afternoon. What's a pool party without bathing beauties? Sports Illustrated did not disappoint. Samantha Hoopes and Anastasia Ashley were mingling with the crowd and looking ...
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14 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names (and Why)
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
There are several reasons why celebrities -- and lay folk -- change their names. Norma Jean Baker became Marilyn Monroe, now synonymous with bombshell beauty. Now I, co-founder of BabyNames.com, present 14 celebrities who changed their names, and seven reasons why they may have done so. Differentiation from other celebrities. One only need to look at the Internet Movie Database to see that there are several celebrities who need disambiguation. Katy Perry was originally Katy Hudson, which was too close to actress Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson. Separation from famous family members. Celebrities who have a famous (or infamous) family member often change their names to set themselves apart or make it on their own. As an example, Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola, nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. To achieve name-stealing celebrity. Name stealing is the phenomenon of becoming so famous that your first name, by most accounts, means YOU. In other wo ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Akon
  • 2016
    Age 42
    In April 2016, Akon appeared in the Chinese reality TV show I Am a Singer along with the Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang.
    More Details Hide Details Akon also started a project Akon Lighting Africa in 2014 which provides electricity in 15 countries of Africa. Akon has confirmed that a reality television show is in the works. It will be called My Brother's Keeper, and the point is that Akon's two nearly identical brothers will go around in Atlanta posing as him fooling people into thinking that it is in fact Akon. They will try to get VIP treatment, girls and free things. Akon has claimed that people have mistaken his brothers for him many times in Atlanta, which is what the show is based on. In 2006, it was announced that Akon is planning to work on a full-length movie titled Illegal Alien, which will be based on his life. Several sources have reported that actor Mekhi Phifer will portray Akon in the film. Besides, Akon confirmed in August 2007, in an interview with Polish website INTERIA.PL, that he works on a movie, "Cocaine Cowboys", which tells the story of Jon Roberts, the main pilot of the Medellín Cartel.
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In November 2015, Akon announced via his official website that was planning to release his fourth album Stadium in four versions: Stadium- Island, Stadium- Urban, Stadium- World and Stadium- House.
    More Details Hide Details These editions of the album will be available exclusively via the Stadium mobile app which is supported by ads but allows fans to stream the albums. A fifth version of the album is being lined up for a digital and physical release in March 2016; it will be released through Atlantic Records, though the label said it was unsure of the release date.
    On January 1, 2015, Akon released five singles from Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details He also announced that the album would be a quintuple album, broken up into five different genres (Euro, Pop, Urban, Island & World).
  • 2013
    Age 39
    On November 11, 2013, Akon released a standalone single titled "So Blue".
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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.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    Akon made his acting debut appearing alongside an ensemble cast in the 2012 Nigerian-American film Black November.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014 he starred alongside Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody in the action movie, American Heist, directed by Sarik Andreasyan. Akon is Muslim. Akon claims that he has six children with three different women in an interview with Blender, all of whom he has great relationships with. He says he wishes to keep his family protected from the public eye. He also has his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation. Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of blood diamonds (also known as "conflict diamonds") saying, "I don't believe in conflict diamonds. That's just a movie. Think about it. Nobody thought or cared about conflict diamonds until 'Blood Diamond' was released." However, he has since stated that he does accept that blood diamonds exist, and that he is partial-owner of an African mine that is dedicated to avoiding use of blood diamonds while also donating profits to local communities.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    He also contributed "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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    Akon performed the song during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
    More Details Hide Details Akon travelled to Jamaica to work with Damian, Julian & Stephen Marley. Around the same time, Akon collaborated with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on "Kush", the intended first single from Dr. Dre's forthcoming album Detox; however, it was removed from the final album tracklist.
    He produced and recorded “Oh Africa” for the 2010 World Cup with Pepsi.
    More Details Hide Details According to Forbes, Akon grossed $13 million in 2011, $21 million in 2010, $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008. A single, "Angel", produced by French producer David Guetta, was released in September 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 35
    IsThereSomethingICanDo.com, launched On March 25, 2009, The social action collaboration project between the artists Peter Buffett and Akon has partnered with DoSomething.org, to coincide with the release of "Blood Into Gold".
    More Details Hide Details The song focused on human trafficking and featured both artists. David Guetta collaborated with Akon in "Sexy Bitch", the first house track by Akon. The song reached number one in more than 6 countries, and charted at 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    He later worked with Whitney Houston for her 2009 comeback album I Look to You, appearing on the track "Like I Never Left".
    More Details Hide Details Akon collaborated with Pitbull on the single "Shut It Down" from the album "Rebelution" and worked with Matisyahu to remix his single "One Day" on his album Light. He also co-produced Natalia Kills' first single, "Mirrors", from her forthcoming debut album, Perfectionist.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    Akon released his third album Freedom on December 2, 2008, which spawned four singles: "Right Now (Na Na Na)", "I'm So Paid" (featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy), "Beautiful" (featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall) and "We Don't Care".
    More Details Hide Details Freedom was certified platinum in US. Rap singer Nelly suggested that Akon, Pharrell, and T-Pain had talked about forming a rap supergroup in 2009. Akon and Konvict Muzik produced hip hop/rock group Flipsyde's 2009 release, State of Survival, released via Kon Live Distribution and Cherrytree Records. He was also the executive producer of Kardinal Offishall's fourth solo album Not 4 Sale. The first single "Dangerous", which featured Akon peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote Kon Live artist Lady Gaga's hit "Just Dance", and which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards.
    He also co-wrote and produced Leona Lewis' Forgive Me and worked with X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on her debut album.
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    Akon co-wrote and recorded "Put It on My Tab" with New Kids on the Block for their 2008 reunion album The Block.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was not included in the track list for Freedom as Akon previously stated. During an interview with Tavis Smiley, Akon said that Jackson had planned on a high-profile release including a music video until the track had leaked. This is Jackson's last known song before he died on June 25, 2009. Akon finished work on the song for Jackson's posthumous album, Michael and it was released as a single in November 2010.
  • 2007
    Age 33
    On June 3, 2007, at WSPK's KFEST concert at the Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York, a concert attendee threw an object towards Akon on stage.
    More Details Hide Details Akon asked the crowd to identify who threw the object and that he be brought on stage. Security staff grabbed the young man and took him up to the stage. Akon then pulled him up from the crowd and hoisted him across his shoulders. The singer then tossed the attendee back into the crowd from his shoulders. Video of the incident was reviewed by Fishkill police. Akon has claimed that the incident was staged and that he in fact used the act to set up for the next record. Charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, were filed, according to police Chief Donald F. Williams, and Akon was arraigned on the two charges on December 3, 2007 in the town of Fishkill Court. In 2010, Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka vehemently protested a planned concert by Akon, claiming his music video with David Guetta for "Sexy Chick" insulted Buddhism because of the Buddha statue that can be seen several times in the background. Considering the allegations against Akon, the Sri Lankan Government decided not to issue him a visa to enter into Sri Lanka.
    In February 2007, Akon launched his clothing line, Konvict Clothing.
    More Details Hide Details It features urban streetwear including denim jeans, hoodies, T-shirts and hats. Aliaune is the upscale version, or high-end line, for males and females, which includes blazers, denim jeans and other items. He produced and featured on Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" which has reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Akon performed at the American leg of Live Earth. He later recorded a remix of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" by Michael Jackson for the 25th anniversary rerelease of Jackson's Thriller. He also worked with bachata group Aventura and Reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel on All Up 2 You. The song received two nominations at the Premios Lo Nuestro 2010 for "Urban Song of the Year" and "Video Collaboration of the Year". He signed Jayko, a Hispanic R&B and Reggaeton artist, to his label.
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 32
    On October 5, 2006, Akon broke a record on the Hot 100, as he achieved the largest climb in the chart's 48-year-history with "Smack That" jumping from number 95 to 7.
    More Details Hide Details The leap was fueled by its number six debut on Hot Digital Songs with 67,000 downloads. The record has since been broken several times. "Smack That" was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, but lost to Justin Timberlake and T.I.'s "My Love". "I Wanna Love You", (featuring Snoop Dogg) was the second single released in September, it would go on to earn Akon his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and Snoop's second. "I Wanna Love You" topped the U.S. charts for two consecutive weeks.
    Akon started his new record label Kon Live Distribution under Interscope Records. His second album, Konvicted was released in November 2006 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details After only six weeks, Konvicted sold more than one million records in the U.S. The album was certified platinum after seven weeks, and after sixteen weeks it was certified double platinum. It stayed in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 for 28 consecutive weeks and peaked at number two on four different occasions. On November 20, 2007, the RIAA certified the album ‘triple platinum’ with 3 million units sold in the US. The album included collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Styles P. The first single "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) was released in August 2006 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.
    In 2006, Akon and Young Jeezy suggested plans for a collaborative album.
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  • 2005
    Age 31
    In 2005, He made his first critically acclaimed guest appearance on Young Jeezy's debut album, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, with the song "Soul Survivor".
    More Details Hide Details In December the same year his manager, Robert Montanez was killed in a shooting after a dispute in New Jersey.
    His album also climbed to number one in the UK in April 2005.
    More Details Hide Details When music channel The Box had a top ten weekly chart, which was calculated by the amount of video requests, Akon's "Lonely" became the longest running single on the top of the chart, spanning over fifteen weeks. Akon then released another single featuring with a New Zealand rapper, Savage with the single Moonshine, which had become a success in both New Zealand and Australia, becoming number one in the New Zealand charts.
    In 2005, he released the single "Lonely" (which samples Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely").
    More Details Hide Details The song reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Australia, the UK and Germany.
  • 2004
    Age 30
    Akon's solo debut album, Trouble was released on June 29, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details It spawned the singles "Locked Up" and "Lonely", "Belly Dancer (Bananza)", "Pot Of Gold", and "Ghetto". "Locked Up" reached 8th position in the U.S. and 5th in the UK. "Ghetto" became a radio hit when it was remixed by DJ Green Lantern to include verses from rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. The album is a hybrid of Akon's silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats. Most of Akon's songs begin with the sound of the clank of a jail cell's door with him uttering the word "Konvict".
    He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble.
    More Details Hide Details He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. His second album, Konvicted received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You". He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1× platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales. Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world. Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has worked with numerous performers such as Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Houston, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Gwen Stefani. He has had five Grammy Awards nominations and has produced songs for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis, Kardinal Offishall, Leona Lewis, and T-Pain.
  • 1973
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Akon's alleged three years in jail saw him begin to recognize his music abilities and develop an appreciation for his musical background. Music mogul Devyne Stephens, president of Upfront Megatainment first heard about Akon when the rapper Lil' Zane brought him along to Stephens' rehearsal hall, a place that at the time saw talents such as Usher and TLC being developed. The relationship between Stephens and Akon began as a friendship and mentorship, with the young artist regularly stopping by to ask for advice, but when Akon lost his deal with Elektra Stephens signed him to his production company and began grooming him professionally. The songs Akon recorded with Stephens were brought to the attention of Universal's imprint SRC Records. In an interview with HitQuarters SRC A&R Jerome Foster said, "What caught my attention right away was "Lonely", and I said, 'this kid is official – this is a huge record." Foster and SRC CEO Steve Rifkind immediately boarded a private plane to Atlanta to meet the young artist. Akon knew of Foster's work as producer Knobody and so there was a mutual respect for one another and the pair hit it off.
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