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Background information
Birth name Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam
Born St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Origin Dakar, Senegal
Genres R&B, Hip-Hop, pop, Reggae
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1996–present
Labels Universal, SRC, Konvict Muzik, UpFront
Associated acts Kardinal Offishall, Colby O'Donis, Lady Gaga, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Eminem, David Guetta, Michael Jackson, Flo Rida, Leona Lewis, French Montana, Yukmouth, Styles P
Website www.akononline.com
.Akon (born Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam), (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/),[1] is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist.^ AKON'S QUICK TRACK US rapper Akon wrote and recorded the dance single 'Sexy Chick' with French DJ David Guetta in one night.

^ Akon is a Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer.

^ Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam , better known by his middle and stage name Akon (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/ ), 1 is a Senegalese -American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist.

.He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble.^ Locked Up Released: 2005 .
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^ He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of " Locked Up ”, the first single from his debut album Trouble .

^ Akon's solo debut album, Trouble was released on June 29, 2004.

.His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single "Smack That". He has since found two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.^ His second album, Konvicted , earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single "Smack That".
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^ His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single “Smack That”.
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^ His second album, "Konvicted", earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the single 'Smack That'.

.He is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century, grossing over 30 million dollars a year according to Forbes.^ He is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century, grossing o...
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^ He is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century, grossing over 30 million dollars a year according to Forbes .

^ He is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century, grossing over 30 million dollars a year according to Forbes.
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.Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 300 guest appearances and 40 Billboard Hot 100 songs.^ Canadian Hot 100: 5 Songs .
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^ He is well known for singing hooks and has over 155 guest appearances and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs to his credit.

^ Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 200 guest appearances and 36 Billboard Hot 100 songs.
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.He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.^ It has also become a top single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

^ This single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.

^ He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

[2] .He has had 6 Grammy Awards nominations and has produced many hits for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis and Leona Lewis.^ He has had 6 Grammy Awards Nominations and has produced many hits for artist such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, Leona Lewis.
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^ Also doing well is the hit-making Lady Gaga with her single “Bad Romance” and Iyaz with his song “Re read more .
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^ His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the single “Smack That.” He is the founder of Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.

Contents

Background

.Akon has claimed in interviews that his full name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam[3] although there is some ambiguity and debate about Akon's legal name and birth date.^ Akon has claimed in interviews that his full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam although there is some ambiguity and debate about Akon 's legal name and birth date.
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^ Akon is usually credited as Aliaune Thiam.

^ Akon's given name is Aliaune Thiam.

.Akon is usually credited as Aliaune Thiam.^ Akon's given name is Aliaune Thiam.

^ Akon is usually credited as Aliaune Thiam.

^ Aliaune Thiam -- aka Akon -- grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) eventually settled in New Jersey.

[4][5] .In addition to the longer form, Akon's full name has been reported both as Aliaune Badara Thiam and Alioune Badara Thiam [6] and About.com claims that this middle name has never been independently verified.^ Akon Profile, About.com .

^ Akon's given name is Aliaune Thiam.

^ However, About.com claims that this middle name has never been independently verified.

[7] .In regards to his birth date, some media institutions have reported that Akon was born in 1981. Other sources, including the AP, have indicated that Akon was born in 1973 and was delivered by Senegalese doctor Magueye Seck.^ Other sources, including the AP, have indicated that Akon was born in 1973 and was delivered by Senegalese doctor Magueye Seck.
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^ Other sources, including the AP , have indicated that Akon was born in 1973 and was delivered by Senegalese doctor Magueye Seck.

^ However the AP has since reported he was born in 1973 and is years old.

Legal documents released by The Smoking Gun list Akon's name as Aliaune Damala Thiam and his date of birth as 1973-04-30[8] or 1973-04-16,[9] however the BBC states he was born on 14 October 1981. It has since been reported by various media sources that he was born in 1977.

Early life

.As the son of Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, Akon was raised in a musical setting and taught to play several instruments including the djembe.^ He is the son of the Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam.

^ The son of Senegalese musicians, Akon … .
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^ Akon's musical influence first came from his father, African percussionist Mor Thiam.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., so that he would not have to go through the immigration process, but he lived in Dakar, Senegal until the age of 7, split time between America and Senegal until he was 15, then he moved permanently to Jersey City, New Jersey.[10]
.During Akon's alleged time in jail for three years, he began to understand his music abilities and developed an appreciation for his musical background.^ During Akon's alleged time in jail for three years, he began to understand his music abilities and developed an appreciation for his musical background.

^ He was eventually jailed but he used the time -- three years, he claimed -- to work on his musical ideas.
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^ During Akon's alleged time in jail, he began to understand his music abilities and developed an appreciation for his musical background.

.Akon's unique blend of West-African-style, skills and moves eventually caught the ears of executives at Universal.^ Akon's unique blend of West African-style vocals and hip-hop lyricism eventually caught the ears of executives at Universal Records.

^ Akon's unique blend of West-African-style, skills and moves eventually caught the ears of executives at Universal.

^ The album was an interesting hybrid of Akon's raps and silky, West African-styled vocals with East Coast- and Southern-styled beats.
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.Akon began writing and recording tracks in his home studio.^ Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio.
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^ Akon began writing and recording tracks in his home studio.

^ He had never thought of music as a serious career option, but he had made several tracks in his home studio.
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.The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which released Akon's debut LP Trouble in June 2004. The album is a hybrid of Akon's silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats.^ The album was an interesting hybrid of Akon's raps and silky, West African-styled vocals with East Coast- and Southern-styled beats.
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^ The album is a hybrid of Akon's silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats.

^ Akon's solo debut album, Trouble was released on June 29, 2004.

Most of Akon's songs begin with the sound of the clank of a jail cell's door with him uttering the word "Konvict".[11]

Personal life and allegations

.He has also been rumored to have three wives, however he has since revealed that he only has one, named Tomeka.^ Akon has been rumored to have three wives, but recently has said to only have one.

^ He has also been rumored to have three wives, however he has since revealed that he only has one, named Tomeka.

^ In fact, the singer not only named his company Konvict Music, but he settled on "Konvicted" for the title of his second album, which sold nearly three million copies last year.

.Akon claims he has six children with three different women in an interview with Blender.^ He claims to have five children with three different women in an interview with "Blender".

^ He claims to have five children with three different women in an interview with Blender .

^ Akon claims he has six children with three different women in an interview with Blender .

[12] .Akon claims to have great relationships with all his children, and that he wishes to keep his family protected from the public eye.^ Akon claims to have great relationships with all his children, and that he wishes to keep his family protected from the public eye.

^ I wish all of you guys the very best this holiday season and pray your holiday is off to a great start!
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^ Akon closed out the show in great fashion by bringing the Konvict Muzik Family onstage for a collaborative group celebration.
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.He also states that his religion made him a better person, and provides guidance to how he acts among others in life.^ He also states that his religion made him a better person, and provides guidance to how he acts among others in life.

^ And it makes u wonder how many other celebs (especially rappers) have lied to get a record in heavy rotation...Come on now ppl, we gotta do better...
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^ Rachel finally realized that Akon was still boning other chicks even though he acted like she was the only piece of ass in his life, and she bailed.
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[13]
.He also has his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation.^ He also has his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation.

[14] .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.^ Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of blood diamonds (also known as "conflict diamonds") saying, "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds.

^ Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of conflict diamonds, saying, "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds.

^ Akon: So what if I own a diamond mine?

That's just a movie. Think about it. .Nobody thought or cared about conflict diamonds until "Blood Diamond" was released.^ Ain't nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out.'

^ Ain't nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out."

^ Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of blood diamonds (also known as "conflict diamonds") saying, "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds.

."[15] 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.^ 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.

^ Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of blood diamonds (also known as "conflict diamonds") saying, "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds.

[16]
."The Smoking Gun" reported in April 2008 that much of Akon's purported criminal and incarceration history has been dramatically embellished.^ The Smoking Gun " reported in April 2008 that much of Akon's purported criminal and incarceration history has been dramatically embellished.

^ Akon's Con Job , The Smoking Gun , 2008-04-16.

^ The Smoking Gun reported in April 2008 that much of Akon's purported criminal and incarceration history has been dramatically embellished.

[17][18][19] .In particular, Akon's claims to be part of an auto-theft ring and his claim to have spent three years in prison were challenged with court records and interviews with detectives involved in Akon's case.^ "Akon Interview with Howard Stern part 4 of 4" .

^ Having spent three years in prison for grand theft auto, he knows the subject.
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^ As a result of that betrayal, Akon spent the next three years in a Georgia prison.

.According to "The Smoking Gun's" article, Akon was not convicted of any crime and did not serve any time in prison from 1999 to 2002 as previously claimed.^ According to "The Smoking Gun's" article, Akon was not convicted of any crime and did not serve any time in prison from 1999 to 2002 as previously claimed.

^ According to The Smoking Gun's article, Akon was not convicted of any crime and did not serve any time in prison from 1999 to 2002 as previously claimed.

^ Akon stated that The Smoking Gun's attempt to 'discredit' him 'makes no sense' to him, and that he benefits from it because that part of his past is something he has been 'trying to forget'.

He stated that "The Smoking Gun's" attempt to “discredit” him “makes no sense as it is something he is trying to forget.” Akon retorted that he never spent 3 years in prison consecutively, but many shorter sentences that add up to three years, and cites that as the mis-understanding by The Smoking Gun's article [20]

Career

2004–05: Debut: Trouble

Akon's solo debut album, Trouble was released on June 29, 2004. It spawned the singles "Locked Up" and "Lonely", "Belly Dancer (Bananza)", "Pot Of Gold", and "Ghetto." The album was the first release of his new record label Konvict Music. .The inspiration for his debut single allegedly came from his three-year stint in prison for ‘grand theft auto’.^ The inspiration for his debut single allegedly came from his three-year stint in prison for ‘grand theft auto’.

^ Having spent three years in prison for grand theft auto, he knows the subject.
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^ Akon has had many troubles with the law in his life, including a car-theft charge in which he was in jail for three years.
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[4] ."Locked Up" reached the top 10 in the U.S. and the top five 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.^ 'Ghetto' became a radio hit when it was remixed by Green Lantern to include verses from legendary rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. In 2005, he released the single 'Lonely' (which samples Bobby Vinton's 'Mr.

^ Akon hit the Top 10 with " Lonely ."

^ "Locked Up" reached the top 10 in the U.S. and the top five 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 .

In 2005, he released the single "Lonely" (which samples Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely"). .The song reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Australia, the UK and Germany.^ "The Sweet Escape" has reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

^ The track has reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the iTunes Top Songs Chart.

^ The song stayed on the top of the charts for a long while.
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.His album also climbed to number one in the UK in April, 2005. 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 - free music, pictures, videos .
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^ Rihanna - Rated R Number one singles: .
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^ Akon hit the Top 10 with " Lonely ."

.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.^ It's number one on the charts trust me!

^ Rihanna - Rated R Number one singles: .
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^ 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 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." In December the same year his manager, Robert Montanez was killed in a shooting after a dispute in New Jersey.

2006–07: Konvicted

Akon performing with Gwen Stefani on The Sweet Escape Tour.
.Akon's second album, Konvicted was released on November 14, 2006. It included collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Styles P.^ Akon released his sophomore album, KONVICTED, in 2006.
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^ Akon's second album, entitled "Konvicted", was released on November 14, 2006.

^ Released on November 14, 2006, the stunning sophomore album debuted at No.
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.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.^ It has also become a top single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

^ This single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.

^ This single earned Akon his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and Snoop's second.

."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.^ 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.

^ Rihanna - Rated R Number one singles: .
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^ In January 2007, Akon released his third single 'Don't Matter' which earned him his first solo number one and second consecutive Hot 100 chart topper.

."I Wanna Love You" topped the U.S. charts for two consecutive weeks.^ "I Wanna Love You" topped the U.S. charts for two consecutive weeks.

^ I wanna love you .
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^ Music Clip I wanna love you .
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.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.^ It's number one on the charts trust me!

^ Rihanna - Rated R Number one singles: .
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^ In January 2007, Akon released his third single 'Don't Matter' which earned him his first solo number one and second consecutive Hot 100 chart topper.

."Mama Africa" was released as a European single in July 2007, making it the fourth overall single from the album reaching just 47 in the UK.
To coincide with the release of the Platinum (deluxe) edition of the album "Sorry, Blame It on Me" was the album's fifth single, debuted in August 2007 on the Hot 100 at number seven.
^ It debuted in the UK at number 47.

^ Mama Africa " was released as a European single in July 2007, making it the fourth overall single from the album reaching just 47 in the UK. To coincide with the release of the Platinum (deluxe) edition of the album " Sorry, Blame It on Me " was the album's fifth single, debuted in August 2007 on the Hot 100 at number seven.

^ The deluxe version was fully released on August 28, 2007.

The deluxe version was fully released on August 28, 2007. The final single was confirmed by Akon to be "Never Took the Time."[21] Konvicted debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies in its first week. .After only six weeks, Konvicted sold more than one million records in the U.S. and more than 1.3 million worldwide.^ After only six weeks, Konvicted sold more than one million records in the U.S. and more than 1.3 million worldwide.

^ Currently it has sold more than 4 million worldwide.

^ After only six weeks, "Konvicted" sold more than one million records in the U.S. and more than 1.3 million worldwide.

.The album was certified platinum after seven weeks, and after sixteen weeks it was certified double platinum.^ The album was certified platinum after seven weeks, and after sixteen weeks it was certified double platinum.

^ On November 20, 2007, the RIAA certified the album ‘triple platinum’ with 3 million units sold in the US. It has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

^ On November 19, 2007, the RIAA has certified the Konvicted album triple platinum status with 3 million units sold in th United States.

.It stayed in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 for 28 consecutive weeks and peaked at number two on four different occasions.^ This single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.

^ It stayed in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 for 28 consecutive weeks and peaked at number two on four different occasions.

^ Konvicted was able to stay in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 for 28 consecutive weeks, where it 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. It has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.^ And ALL their albums are platinum or more.
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^ Currently it has sold more than 4 million worldwide.

^ The deal was signed in 2003 and Trouble sold more than three million units worldwide.
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.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. The leap was fueled by its number six debut on Hot Digital Songs with 67,000 downloads.^ 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.

^ The leap was fueled by its number six debut on Hot Digital Songs with 67,000 downloads.

^ 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.

.The record has since been broken several times.^ The record has since been broken several times.

In December 2006, Akon's "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".

Legal difficulties

.In April 2007, Akon drew criticism for an onstage act which included simulated sex with Danah (Deena) Alleyne, a preacher's daughter aged 15 at the time, at a club in Trinidad and Tobago, as part of a fake contest, despite the club's claim to have a 21 years and over age limit.^ In April 2007, Akon drew criticism for having on-stage simulated sex with Danah (Deena) Alleyne, a fifteen-year-old preacher's daughter, at a club in Trinidad and Tobago, as part of a fake contest, despite the club's claim to have an 18 years and over age limit.

^ Last month, he took heat for simulating sex acts with Danah Alleyne , 15, on stage in Trinidad.

^ In April 2007, Akon drew criticism for having a racy dance with Danah (Deena) Alleyne, a preacher's daughter aged 15 at the time, at a club in Trinidad and Tobago , as part of a fake contest, despite the club's claim to have a 21 years and over age limit.

[22][23] .The incident was filmed by Akon's crew and later uploaded to the Internet.^ The incident was filmed by Akon's crew and later uploaded to the Internet.

.On April 20, 2007 local media, channel TV6, aired the video clip publicly.^ On April 20, 2007 local media, channel TV6 , aired the video clip publicly.

^ On April 20, 2007 local media, channel TV6, aired the video clip publicly.

^ Dont Matter Clip 2007 Video .
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.Amid criticism on the radio, television, and from the blogosphere, Verizon Wireless removed ringtones featuring Akon's songs.^ Amid criticism on the radio, television, and from the blogosphere , Verizon Wireless removed ringtones featuring Akon's songs.

^ Amid criticism on the radio, television, and from the blogosphere, Verizon Wireless removed ringtones featuring Akon's songs.

^ He was also featured on a Verizon Wireless commercial and singing Snitch along with Obie Trice on a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode named 'Poppin' Tags.'

.Verizon also decided not to sponsor The Sweet Escape Tour where Akon was to be the opening act for Gwen Stefani.^ Akon hit the Top 10 helping out Gwen Stefani with " The Sweet Escape ."

^ Akon hit #1 for 4 weeks helping out Gwen Stefani with " The Sweet Escape ."

^ Akon hit the Top 40 helping out Gwen Stefani with " The Sweet Escape ."

[24] .However, Universal Music Group did not take action against Akon, but rather simply ordered the video clip be removed from video-sharing site YouTube due to copyright infringement.^ However, Universal Music Group did not take action against Akon, but rather simply ordered the video clip be removed from video-sharing site YouTube due to copyright infringement .

^ However, Universal Music Group did not take action against Akon, but rather simply ordered the video clip be removed from video-sharing site YouTube due to copyright infringement.

^ New Music Video: Akon feat.
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Conservative commentator and Parents Television Council founder Brent Bozell called this "corporate irresponsibility."[25]
Political commentators Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, and Bill O'Reilly criticized Akon for "degrading women."[26][27] Malkin uploaded commentary about Akon to YouTube, using footage from music videos and the Trinidad concert, and Universal Music Group then forced its removal by issuing a DMCA takedown notice.[28] .The Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law, citing fair use.^ The Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law, citing fair use.

^ The Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law, citing fair use .

^ "Malkin Fights Back Against Copyright Law Misuse by Universal Music Group" , Electronic Frontier Foundation , 2007-05-09.

[29] .In May 2007, UMG rescinded its claim to the video, and the video returned to YouTube.^ In May 2007, UMG rescinded its claim to the video, and the video returned to YouTube.

.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.^ 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.

^ 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.

^ 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.

.Akon asked the crowd to identify who threw the object and that he be brought on stage.^ Akon asked the crowd to identify who threw the object and that he be brought on stage.

^ 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.

^ 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.

.Security staff grabbed the young man and took him up to the stage.^ Security staff grabbed the young man and took him up to the stage.

^ As seen on a popular YouTube video , Akon dispatched a security guard to bring the young fan, Anthony Smith, on stage after a pretzel had been thrown at him from the audience (fellow concertgoers apparently fingered the teenager as the culprit).

^ A security guard picked out a 15-year-old and sent him up to the stage, where Akon hoisted him onto his shoulders and flung him into the crowd.
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.Akon then pulled him up from the crowd and hoisted him across his shoulders.^ Akon hoisted the teen onto his shoulders and flung him into the crowd.
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^ Akon then pulled him up from the crowd and hoisted him across his shoulders.

^ But we caught up with Akon in NY -- and it's all news to him.
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.The singer then tossed the attendee back into the crowd from his shoulders.^ The singer then tossed the attendee back into the crowd from his shoulders.

^ In February, pop singer Akon , famous for his hit single "Smack That," peeled off his shirt and dove into the crowd.
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^ A security guard picked out a 15-year-old and sent him up to the stage, where Akon hoisted him onto his shoulders and flung him into the crowd.
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.Video of the incident was reviewed by Fishkill police.^ Video of the incident was reviewed by Fishkill police.

[30] .Akon has claimed that the incident was staged and that he in fact used the act to set up for the next record.^ Akon: [laughs] It was to set up the next record.
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^ Akon has claimed that the incident was staged and that he in fact used the act to set up for the next record.

^ In particular, Akon's claims to be part of an auto-theft ring and his claim to have spent three years in prison were challenged with court records and interviews with detectives involved in Akon's case.

[31] .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 the two charges on December 3, 2007 in the town of Fishkill Court.^ Akon must appear at Fishkill Town Court on Monday for charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment, according to the Associated Press : .
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^ 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 the two charges on December 3, 2007 in the town of Fishkill Court.

^ 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.

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2008–09: Freedom

.Akon released his new album Freedom on December 2, which spawned four singles: "Right Now (Na Na Na)", "I'm So Paid" (featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy), "Beautiful" (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Colby O'Donis) and "We Don't Care", We Don't Care has failed to chart significantly in many countries, only reaching 61 in the UK and 91 in Australia so far.^ Music Clip Right now na na na .
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^ Lil Wayne And Young Jeezy.mp3 mp3 .
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^ Akon hit the Top 10 with " Right Now (Na Na Na) ."

.After the unexpected death of The King Of Pop Michael Jackson, who Akon was working with in Jackson's last years, Akon released a tribute song called "Cry Out Of Joy". Akon & Michael Jackson were close friends near the end of Jackon's life.^ Akon on who he wants to work with in the future .
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^ Akon released a tribute song called "Cry Out Of Joy".

^ After the unexpected death of The King Of Pop Michael Jackson , who Akon was working with in Jackson's last years.

.Speaking of his relationship with Michael Jackson to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' in October 2008, Akon stated: "Mike is the King Of Pop, and I think that it's a dream come true for ANY major artist/songwriter/producer to be able to work with the best in the business!^ Akon interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' December 2008 ^ Akon Preps New Album.

^ Speaking of his relationship with Michael Jackson to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' in October 2008, Akon stated: "Mike is the King Of Pop, and I think that it's a dream come true for ANY major artist/songwriter/producer to be able to work with the best in the business!

^ After the unexpected death of The King Of Pop Michael Jackson , who Akon was working with in Jackson's last years.

.You know, to work with someone like Mike – who's created opportunities, opened doors for so many people, and achieved so much in the music world, period – is just an experience which would be enough to take home for ANYONE! I mean, when I first flew up to Vegas and met him it was almost like we'd known each other for YEARS! LITERALLY! 'Cause musically we were on the same exact page!^ You know, to work with someone like Mike – who's created opportunities, opened doors for so many people, and achieved so much in the music world, period – is just an experience which would be enough to take home for ANYONE! I mean, when I first flew up to Vegas and met him it was almost like we'd known each other for YEARS! LITERALLY! 'Cause musically we were on the same exact page!

^ I'll be posted up right here with my heat gettin dough [Verse 2 (Layzie Bone)] It's like I'm taking 5 steps forward and 10 steps back, tryin to get ahead of the game, but I can't seem to get it on track, and I keep running away from the ones that say they love me the most how could I create the distance when it's suppose to be close and uh, I just don't know but I be out here fighting demons and, it's like a curse that I can't shake this part of Cleveland and lord, would you help me?
  • I TRIED (FEAT. AKON) Lyrics - by BONE THUGS N HARMONY from album STRENGTH AND LOYALTY (2006) : Lyrics And Songs 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.lyricsandsongs.com [Source type: General]

^ PM 07/03/07 Julnie Petit I truly beleived that it was just a mistake first of all any kid under age should be at home with their parents, how in the world he was suppose to know that the girl was under age she look over 18 that happened to Akon he's black people a criticizing him but I beleive that's prejudice, It happened at a club were everyone would love to dance with whoever is perfoming so it's not like he had to ID her and did, if she was really a kid she should of act like one, dress like one.
  • HS Exclusive: Akon's 'Sorry' Song for Gwen - Akon 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.hollyscoop.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The chemistry was just INCREDIBLE! And, as a person, he was the most cool, humble dude I've ever met!^ The chemistry was just INCREDIBLE! And, as a person, he was the most cool, humble dude I've ever met!

.I mean, we even actually got to go to the movies together – in broad daylight!^ I mean, we even actually got to go to the movies together – in broad daylight!

Which was an experience in itself!"[33]
.David Guetta collaborated with Akon in Sexy Bitch, a first house track by Akon, and has been a "summer anthem" across the globe.^ Sexy Bitch (7 track CD single) .
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^ Sexy Bitch (Featuring Akon;explicit) .

^ David Guetta - Sexy Chick (feat.
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.Reaching #1 in more than 6 countries, and charting at 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 , it is featured on Guetta's One Love album.^ "The Sweet Escape" has reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 .

^ Reaching #1 in more than 6 countries, and charting at 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 , it is featured on Guetta's One Love album.

^ 'The Sweet Escape' has reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

.Which has made it his 19th Top 20 hit worldwide.^ Which has made it his 19th Top 20 hit worldwide.

2010–present: Stadium Music

.Akon's fourth studio album, Stadium Music is set for a 2010 release.^ 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.
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^ Akon rose to fame in 2004 following the release of his single "Locked Up" from his debut album Trouble.

^ Akon is also credited with producing the track entitled 'Echo' on Latin Boy band Menudo's latest album, released in the spring of 2008.

[34] .The first single off of Stadium Music is rumored to be "Nosy Neighbor," which is produced by David Guetta.^ The first single off of Stadium Music is rumored to be "Nosy Neighbor," which is produced by David Guetta .

^ AKON'S QUICK TRACK US rapper Akon wrote and recorded the dance single 'Sexy Chick' with French DJ David Guetta in one night.

^ David Guetta collaborated with Akon in Sexy Bitch , a first house track by Akon, and has been a "summer anthem" across the globe.

.There's also been another track leaked onto the internet titled "Party Animal" which is also produced by David Guetta.^ AKON'S QUICK TRACK US rapper Akon wrote and recorded the dance single 'Sexy Chick' with French DJ David Guetta in one night.

^ David Guetta collaborated with Akon in Sexy Bitch , a first house track by Akon, and has been a "summer anthem" across the globe.

^ For every Stevie Wonder track I’ve listened to, there is another by Steely Dan that helped shape me as an artist.” .

Featured Projects

Projects with other artists

.
  • In 2006, Akon started his new record label Kon Live Distribution under Interscope Records.^ He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution .

    ^ In 2006, Akon started his new record label Kon Live Distribution under Interscope Records .

    ^ Akon new album coming soon, by Saint Paul [2006-02-03 00:48:44] .
    • Akon new album coming soon - Hip Hop Galaxy 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.hiphopgalaxy.com [Source type: General]

    .His first signed artist was Ray Lavender.
  • He was featured on Gwen Stefani's latest album, The Sweet Escape.^ His first signed artist was Ray Lavender.

    ^ Akon hit the Top 10 helping out Gwen Stefani with " The Sweet Escape ."

    ^ Akon hit #1 for 4 weeks helping out Gwen Stefani with " The Sweet Escape ."

    He made an appearance on the title track and second single, "The Sweet Escape." Akon produced the song. .On December 10, 2006, Akon and Stefani appeared as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, however they did not perform the song as Stefani had not yet learned the lyrics.^ On December 10, 2006, Akon and Stefani appeared as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, however they did not perform the song as Stefani had not yet learned the lyrics.

    ^ Akon performed at the American Music Awards .

    ^ Akon: They introduced me to the music industry.
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    .He performed the song live, however, on American Idol on March 28, 2007 due to Gwen Stefani's appearance as a coach the night before.^ On July 7, 2007 Akon performed at the American leg of Live Earth .

    ^ He performed the song live, however, on American Idol on March 28, 2007 due to Gwen Stefani 's appearance as a coach the night before.

    ^ On Sunday night, MTV will broadcast the 2007 Video Music Awards live from the Palms Casino, with absolutely scorching performances from this year’s hottest artists.
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    ."The Sweet Escape" has reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Akon collaborated with Chamillionaire on his mixtape, Mixtape Messiah 2, featuring on the track “Ridin' Overseas” which he also produced.^ "The Sweet Escape" has reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 .

    ^ Akon collaborated with Chamillionaire on his mixtape, Mixtape Messiah 2 , featuring on the track “Ridin' Overseas” which he also produced.

    ^ He is well known for singing hooks and has over 155 guest appearances and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs to his credit.
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    .The mixtape was available for download on Chamillionaire's website from December 24, 2006.
  • In 2006, after their 2005 Akon-produced single, "Soul Survivor," the duo said that there is a lot more to expect from them in the future.^ In 2006, after their 2005 Akon-produced single, " Soul Survivor ," the duo said that there is a lot more to expect from them in the future.

    ^ The mixtape was available for download on Chamillionaire's website from December 24, 2006.

    ^ Akon interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' December 2008 ^ Akon Preps New Album.

    .The pair announced there are currently plans for a collaborative album.^ The pair announced there are currently plans for a collaborative album.

    [35][36]
  • Akon also appeared on Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's album Strength and Loyalty and Three 6 Mafia's eighth studio album, Last 2 Walk, We The Best by DJ Khaled, Fabolous's album, From Nothin' to Somethin', with 50 Cent on some tracks for Curtis,[37] T.I.'s 5th album, T.I. vs. T.I.P.,[38] Mario's third solo album Go!,[39] and produced with Daddy Yankee" in the song called "Bring It On" on the album called El Cartel: The Big Boss which was released on June 5, 2007.[40]
  • On July 7, 2007 Akon performed at the American leg of Live Earth.
  • In November 2007, Akon recorded a remix of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with Michael Jackson. .In February 2008, the remix was released on the 25th anniversary rerelease of Michael Jackson's Thriller.^ Akon could be heard on the Michael Jackson LP 25th Anniversary Of Thriller .

    ^ In February 2008, the remix was released on the 25th anniversary rerelease of Michael Jackson's Thriller .

    ^ Says: October 25th, 2009 at 4:30 am i everyday listen to michael jackson and tears flows down my cheeks.
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    .Akon produced the track entitled "Echo" on Latin Boy band Menudo's latest album, released in the spring of 2008.
  • ‘Konvict Music’ would be responsible for the re-release of Kat Deluna’s debut album 9 Lives (album) which would feature Akon on the single "Am I Dreaming."
  • He was also in a song with Aventura & Wisin Y Yandel called "All up 2 you".
  • In July 2008 a song called "Hold My Hand" circulated the internet.^ Akon produced the song.

    ^ Akon and Wisin Y Yandel called "All up 2 you".

    ^ Konvict Music’ would be responsible for the re-release of Kat Deluna ’s debut album 9 Lives (album) which would feature Akon on the single " Am I Dreaming ."

    .The song is an R&B duet/collaboration between Michael Jackson and Akon, composed by Claude Kelly.^ The song is an R&B duet/collaboration between Michael Jackson and Akon, composed by Claude Kelly .

    ^ Akon , the buff African-American superstar with the dulcet voice and penchant for, uh, escalating interactions between artist and audience, had the privilege of duetting with the Gloved One on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” for Thriller 25 , the anniversary edition of Michael Jackson ’s storied album.
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    ^ We're told Sara Coleman's lawyer has been desperately trying to serve Akon -- even at Michael Jackson's memorial -- but so far no luck.
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    .There also exists another version featuring only Akon.^ There also exists another version featuring only Akon.

    ^ In August 2009, Akon released another version of Beautiful featuring BoA , a popular and legendary Korean singer.

    ^ 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.

    .There is also no official mention of the recording on either artists' websites although Akon has spoken about the track on various other websites.^ There is no official mention of the recording on either artists’ websites although Akon has spoken about the track on various other websites.
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    ^ There is also no official mention of the recording on either artists' websites although Akon has spoken about the track on various other websites.

    ^ Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio.

    .It was not included in the track list for Freedom as Akon previously stated.^ 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.

    .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.^ 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.
    • Akon feat Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand Lyrics and Video 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.musicloversgroup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Michael Jackson works with Akon, Fergie, will.i.am & Kanye West for 2/12 re-release .
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    ^ Is it just me, or must Akon be a little jealous about the fact that Michael Jackson is planning to make a comeback?
    • Akon - Boxxet 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.boxxet.com [Source type: General]

    .This is Jackson's last known song before he died on June 25, 2009. In late July of that year a Tribute song by Akon known as "Cry Out Of Joy" was leaked onto the internet.
  • Akon was also the executive producer of Kardinal Offishall's fourth solo album Not 4 Sale, released September 9, 2008. The promo single "Graveyard Shift" features Akon as does the first single "Dangerous", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and won the award for Single of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards.
  • Akon co-wrote and recorded "Put It on My Tab" with New Kids on the Block for their 2008 reunion album The Block.^ Akon produced the song.

    ^ Akon hit the Top 10 helping out Kardinal Offishall with " Dangerous ."

    ^ Kardinal Offishall - Dangerous 12.
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    [41]
  • .
  • Akon co-wrote and produced Leona Lewis' hit record Forgive Me, off her debut album Spirit.
  • He is currently working with X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on her upcoming debut album.
  • Akon co-produced Konvict Muzik artist Lady Gaga's first studio album The Fame and co-wrote & produced the worldwide smash-hit "Just Dance", which also featured Colby O'Donis and earned a Grammy nomination at the 51st Grammy Awards.^ He has had 6 Grammy Awards Nominations and has produced many hits for artist such as Lady Gaga , T-Pain , Leona Lewis .

    ^ He is currently working with X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on her upcoming debut album.

    ^ Tags: akon , lady gaga , LadyGaga .
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    .This was earned the both young Konvict Muzik artists their first Grammy Nominations and has reached #1 in more than 14 countries, including Australia, UK & the U.S.
  • Flo Rida’s new album R.O.O.T.S. features Akon on the track “Available”.
  • Akon has recorded a song with E-40 titled "Wake It Up" for E-40's album, The Ball Street Journal.^ His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy ...
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    ^ The album was the first release of his new record label Konvict Music .

    ^ This is a news, information and community site dedicated to Konvict Muzik Artists.
    • KonvictMuzik.net » Akon Discography: “Guest Appearances” By Song…T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Styles P, Young Jeezy & More 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.konvictmuzik.net [Source type: General]

    .Akon experiments with the auto-tune effect in the song.
  • Rap singer Nelly confirmed that Akon, Pharrell, and T-Pain have talked about forming a rap supergroup in 2009.[42]
  • Akon and Konvict Muzik are also producing hip hop/rock group Flipsyde's 2009 release, State of Survival, which will be released via Kon Live Distribution and Cherrytree Records.^ Akon produced the song.

    ^ Akon and Konvict Muzik are also producing hip hop/rock group Flipsyde 's 2009 release, State of Survival , which will be released via Kon Live Distribution and Cherrytree Records .

    ^ He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
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    [43]
  • .
  • Akon worked with Whitney Houston for her 2009 comeback album I Look to You.^ Akon worked with Whitney Houston for her 2009 comeback album I Look to You .

    ^ Whitney Houston reveals little in comeback album .
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    ^ Akon recently signed Jayko , a Hispanic R&B and Reggaeton artist, to his label and is working with him on his debut album titled " Marcando Territorio " Sexy Bitch was released in July 2009, a collaboration with French DJ David Guetta .

    .He appears on the track "Like I Never Left".[44]
  • Akon worked with bachata group Aventura and Reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel on All Up 2 You the second single from Aventura's album The Last that dropped in June.
  • Akon recently signed Jayko, a Hispanic R&B and Reggaeton artist, to his label and is working with him on his debut album titled "Marcando Territorio"
  • Sexy Bitch was released in July 2009, a collaboration with French DJ David Guetta.
  • In August 2009, Akon released another version of Beautiful featuring BoA, a popular and legendary Korean singer.^ AKON'S QUICK TRACK US rapper Akon wrote and recorded the dance single 'Sexy Chick' with French DJ David Guetta in one night.

    ^ Akon and Wisin Y Yandel called "All up 2 you".

    ^ Sexy Bitch (Featuring Akon;explicit) .

    However, this version was for the Japanese market.
  • Akon also sang in a song with Colby O'Donis called "What You Got".
  • In 2009 Akon collaborates with Pitbull on the single "Shut It Down" from the album "Rebelution".
  • In 2010 he is one of over 70 artists singing on "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Television and film

.Akon has confirmed that a reality television show is in the works.^ 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.^ A security guard picked out a 15-year-old and sent him up to the stage, where Akon hoisted him onto his shoulders and flung him into the crowd.
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^ But apparently you think I should be happy that I did not get the credit for my hard work and research on this clip of what is being presented as Laura’s sidekick’s work on Akon, when in fact he read straight from my column, word for word–and has now copped to it.
  • Hot Air » Blog Archive » Akon story gaining steam Update: audio added Update: Vent knocked offline at YouTube 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC hotair.com [Source type: General]

^ Hello Akon, i think i had to say this to you.."um, my li'l brother 1 year old, practices how to say 'Akon'and i let him practice when we here music like 'Akon songs'..then after practices i stop doing it and the next few days my li'l brother CLAPPED his hands and said " Akon is better then my toys and i must call it nokA! LoL..funny brother.

.They will try to get VIP treatment, girls and free things.^ 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.^ Akon has claimed that people have mistaken his brothers for him many times in Atlanta which is what the show is based on.

^ 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.

^ According to "The Smoking Gun's" article, Akon was not convicted of any crime and did not serve any time in prison from 1999 to 2002 as previously claimed.

[31]
.Akon is planning to work on a full-length movie titled Illegal Alien.^ Akon is planning to work on a full-length movie titled Illegal Alien .

The film is based on some of the events of his life and actor Mekhi Phifer is set to play him. .Besides Akon confirmed in August 2007, in the 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 Medellin Cartel (Colombian drug traffickers).^ Besides Akon confirmed in August 2007, in the 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 Medellin Cartel (Colombian drug traffickers).

^ Akon has confirmed that a reality television show is in the works.

^ The Superficial - Akon charged in fan tossing incident Home Photos Bikinis Gossip Gadgets Movies About Advertise Nov 30 2007 Akon charged in fan tossing incident .
  • The Superficial - Akon charged in fan tossing incident 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC thesuperficial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[45] He was also featured on a Verizon Wireless commercial and singing Snitch along with Obie Trice on a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode named "Poppin' Tags."
.On November 30, 2007, Akon entered the Big Brother house in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 as a guest so the housemates can meet him for only 100 seconds.^ November 30, 2007 1:39 PM .
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^ November 30, 2007 1:10 PM .
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^ November 30, 2007 6:18 PM .
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.He also appeared on November 17, 2008 edition of WWE Raw, with Santino Marella citing him in his speech.^ He also appeared on November 17, 2008 edition of WWE Raw , with Santino Marella citing him in his speech.

^ On November 30, 2007, Akon entered the Big Brother house in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 as a guest so the housemates can meet him for only 100 seconds.

^ By NNL on April 17, 2008 12:44 PM Is freedom of speech coming back on this blog?
  • **BREAKING NEWS** AKON CAUGHT IN "LOCK'D UP" LIES? [VIDEO] | SOHH ATLANTA | SOHH BLOG 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC blogs.sohh.com [Source type: General]

Because of Santino's Italian Stereotyping, he mispronounced Akon's name to "Akorn".
.On April 27, 2008, Akon appeared with Colby O'Donis in Dance on Sunset.^ Akon new album coming soon, by gemma marsden [2008-10-27 15:25:52] .
  • Akon new album coming soon - Hip Hop Galaxy 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.hiphopgalaxy.com [Source type: General]

^ Akon, by batool [2008-05-27 12:28:03] .

^ Akon new album coming soon, by mullah [2008-03-07 05:27:45] .
  • Akon new album coming soon - Hip Hop Galaxy 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.hiphopgalaxy.com [Source type: General]

.On January 27, 2010, Akon performed on the brazilian reality show Big Brother Brasil[46].^ Posted on January 12, 2010, 4:46 am .

^ Akon has confirmed that a reality television show is in the works.

^ Akon at The Ellen Degeneres Show and in other interviews (January 7 2009).

Fashion

.In February 2007, Akon launched his clothing line, Konvict Clothing.^ In February 2007, Akon launched his clothing line, Konvict Clothing .

^ Timothy Hodge appeared on MTV's Direct Effect alongside Akon while promotioning the Konvict clothing line.

^ I’ve got my own diamond line that I’m about to start launching in February, so definitely look forward to that.
  • Akon new album coming soon - Hip Hop Galaxy 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.hiphopgalaxy.com [Source type: General]

.It features urban streetwear including denim jeans, hoodies, t-shirts and hats.^ 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.^ Aliaune is the upscale version, or high-end line, for males and females, which includes blazers, denim jeans and other items.

.Timothy Hodge appeared on MTV's Direct Effect alongside Akon while promotioning the Konvict clothing line.^ Timothy Hodge appeared on MTV's Direct Effect alongside Akon while promotioning the Konvict clothing line.

^ In February 2007, Akon launched his clothing line, Konvict Clothing .

[47]

Discography

Awards and nominations

Akon awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
American Music Awards
1 3
Grammy Awards
0 5
MTV Video Music Awards
0 4
Totals
Awards won 1
Nominations 12
.Akon received four Grammy Award nominations in 2008, including Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "The Sweet Escape" with Gwen Stefani, Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Bartender" with T-Pain, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with "I Wanna Love You" with Snoop Dogg.^ You know how Akon toiled in a Georgia jail for four years for his illegal work as the head of a car-heist ring?
  • Akon Vh1 Blog 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC blog.vh1.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Akon i love very much your best album and i would like one day to assiste your concert !!!!!!
  • Akon new album coming soon - Hip Hop Galaxy 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.hiphopgalaxy.com [Source type: General]

^ Nate Dogg: From Ludacris’ “Area Codes” and Snoop’s “Ain’t No Fun” to Dre’s “Next Episode” he is Hip-Hop’s undisputed best hooker.
  • XXLmag.com - » XXL NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ‘08: Akon Says T-Pain Best Hook Man Of All Time: “I Don’t Think Nate’s Any Competition To What We’re Doing Right Now” 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC www.xxlmag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The only award that Akon has received is Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist from the American Music Awards in 2007. Overall, Akon has received one award from twelve nominations.^ Music - Nov 30, 2007 Kanye West, Akon, and will.i.am have contributed remixes to the 25th anniversary commemorative issue of Michael Jackson s classic Thriller album.
  • Akon on Yahoo! Music 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC new.music.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Akon] - EP Dance, Sep 2009 Listen in iTunes One Love Dance, Aug 2009 Listen in iTunes The Real Testament Hip Hop/Rap, Aug 2007 Listen in iTunes One (feat.
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^ As I mentioned at the begining of this post one of my favorite websites, The Smoking Gun has posted an expose on Akon that's almost surely going to damage his creditability.
  • **BREAKING NEWS** AKON CAUGHT IN "LOCK'D UP" LIES? [VIDEO] | SOHH ATLANTA | SOHH BLOG 19 January 2010 8:47 UTC blogs.sohh.com [Source type: General]

American Music Awards

.The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Akon has received one award from three nominations.^ Akon has received one award from three nominations.

^ Akon has received four nominations.

^ In 2007 Akon won three World Music Awards : .

[48][49]
Year Nominated work Award Result
2007 Akon Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Nominated

Grammy Awards

.The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.^ The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

^ In December 2006, Akon's "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 ".

Akon has received five nominations.[48][50]
Year Nominated work Award Result
2007 "Smack That" (with Eminem) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
2008 "The Sweet Escape" (with Gwen Stefani) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
"Bartender" (with T-Pain) Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
Konvicted Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
"I Wanna Love You" (with Snoop Dogg) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

.The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV.^ Shakira Wins Best Female at MTV Europe Music Awards .
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.Akon has received four nominations.^ Akon has received four nominations.

^ Akon has received five nominations.

^ Akon has received one award from three nominations.

[48][51][52] .Akon has the record for most nominations in the Most Earthshattering Collaboration category.^ Most Earthshattering Collaboration .

^ In December 2006, Akon's "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 ".

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 "Locked Up" MTV2 Award Nominated
2007 Akon Male Artist of the Year Nominated
"Smack That" (with Eminem) Most Earthshattering Collaboration Nominated
"The Sweet Escape" (with Gwen Stefani) Most Earthshattering Collaboration Nominated

World Music Awards

In 2007 Akon won three World Music Awards:
  • (1) Best Selling R&B Male Artist
  • (2) Best Selling African Artist
  • (3) Best Selling Internet Artist.
In 2008 Akon won:
  • (1) Best Selling African Artist

Note: Akon also won Artist Of The Year in 2007 by the Billboard Music Awards

Premios Lo Nuestro

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "All Up 2 You" (with Aventura and Wisin & Yandel) Urban Song of the Year Nominated
"All Up 2 You" (with Aventura and Wisin & Yandel) Video Collaboration of the Year Nominated

Tours

References

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  2. ^ Bronson, Fred. "Chart Beat", Billboard Magazine, 2007-04-05.
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  5. ^ ASCAP: Credited as Aliaune Thiam. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
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Simple English

Akon
Birth name Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
Born St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Origin Dakar, Senegal
Genres R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1996–present
Labels Universal, SRC, Konvict Muzik, UpFront
Associated acts Kardinal Offishall, Colby O'Donis, Lady GaGa, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Eminem, David Guetta, Michael Jackson, Flo Rida, Ace Hood, Keri Hilson, Pitbull, Styles P, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Sean Paul, T.I.
Website Official website

Aliaune Thiam (born April 16, 1973), known by his stage name Akon, is an American R&B singer. He grew up in Senegal, but when he was 7 his family settled in New Jersey. His dad, Mor Thiam was a successful jazz percussionist. Soon after moving back to the States, Akon discovered hip-hop for the first time.

Akon has been nominated for many awards including 4 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards winning 1 and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.

Albums

Akon has released 4 studio albums:

Year Album
2004 Trouble
2006 Konvicted
2008 Freedom
2010 Stadium

References

  1. http://www.pandora.com/music/artist/akon
  2. http://www.akononline.com/default2.asp
  3. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Akon/Biography/

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