ARTIST PROFILE

Akon

Name: Akon

Birthday: April 16, 1973

Fav Dish: Chicken & Chips

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam born April 16, 1973, better known as Akon is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor. 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. 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 BillboardHot 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 asLady Gaga, Colby O’Donis, Kardinal Offishall, Leona Lewis, and T-Pain.

Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 and 5th in 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list, in 2011.Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.

A single, “Angel”, produced by French producer David Guetta, was released in September 2010. Akon performed the song during the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. 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 also contributed “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti”, a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. After a long hiatus, Akon put out the promotional single “Dirty Work” (featuring Wiz Khalifa), which was released in February 2013 for free.

On November 11 Akon released a standalone single titled “So Blue”.

On January 1, 2015, Akon released five singles from Stadium. He also announced that the album would be a quintuple album, broken up into five different genres (Euro, Pop, Urban, Island & World).

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. 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.

In April 2016, Akon appeared in the Chinese reality TV show I Am a Singer along with the Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang

Akon also started a project Akon Lighting Africa in 2014 which provides electricity in 15 countries of Africa.

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