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ALIAUME DAMALA BADARA AKON THIAM (born April 16, 1973), better known as AKON (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/ ), is an American-born Senegalese singer, 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
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
Billboard Hot 100
charts twice. Akon
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
Akon
has sung songs in other languages including Tamil , Hindi
Hindi
, and Spanish . He was listed by the Guinness Book
Book
of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.

Akon
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
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
Lady Gaga
, Colby O\'Donis , Kardinal Offishall , Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
, and T-Pain
T-Pain
.

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

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Music career

* 2.1 2003–05: Discovery and Trouble * 2.2 2006–08: Konvicted * 2.3 2008–09: Freedom * 2.4 2010–present: Stadium

* 3 Akon Lighting Africa * 4 Television and film

* 5 Personal life

* 5.1 Legal difficulties

* 6 Discography * 7 Filmography * 8 Tours * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links

EARLY LIFE

Akon
Akon
was born in St. Louis
St. Louis
, Missouri
Missouri
, and spent much of his childhood in the West African country Senegal
Senegal
, which he describes as his "hometown". The child of a dancer mother and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam , Akon
Akon
learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe . At age 7, he moved with his family to Union City, New Jersey , splitting his time between the United States and Senegal
Senegal
until settling in Newark, New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
. Growing up in New Jersey, Akon
Akon
had difficulties getting along with other children. When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta
Atlanta
, Georgia.

In regards to his birth date, Akon
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.

MUSIC CAREER

2003–05: DISCOVERY AND TROUBLE

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
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
Akon
began as a friendship and mentorship , with the young artist regularly stopping by to ask for advice, but when Akon
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
HitQuarters
SRC A"> Akon
Akon
performing at the Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
Amphitheatre in Charlotte , 2007.

Akon
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
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. 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
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
Snoop Dogg
and Styles P . The first single " Smack That
Smack That
" (featuring Eminem) was released in August 2006 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
for five consecutive weeks. On October 5, 2006, Akon
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. 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
Justin Timberlake
and T.I.
T.I.
's "My Love ".

"I Wanna Love You ", (featuring Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
) was the second single released in September, it would go on to earn Akon
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. 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
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.

In February 2007, Akon
Akon
launched his clothing line, Konvict Clothing. 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. Akon
Akon
performing with Gwen Stefani on The Sweet Escape Tour.

He produced and featured on Gwen Stefani 's "The Sweet Escape " which has reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
. Akon
Akon
performed at the American leg of Live Earth
Live Earth
. He later recorded a remix of "Wanna Be Startin\' Somethin\' " by Michael Jackson
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"> Akon
Akon
at a Mumbai
Mumbai
airport.

Akon
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
Lil Wayne
and Young Jeezy ), "Beautiful " (featuring Colby O\'Donis and Kardinal Offishall ) and "We Don\'t Care ". Freedom was certified platinum in US. Rap singer Nelly suggested that Akon, Pharrell , and T-Pain
T-Pain
had talked about forming a rap supergroup in 2009. Akon
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
Akon
peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote Kon Live artist Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
's hit "Just Dance ", and which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards .

After the unexpected death of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
, who Akon
Akon
was working with, Akon
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
Michael Jackson
and Akon, circulated the internet. It was not included in the track list for Freedom as Akon
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
Akon
finished work on the song for Jackson's posthumous album, Michael and it was released as a single in November 2010.

Akon
Akon
co-wrote and recorded "Put It on My Tab" with New Kids on the Block for their 2008 reunion album The Block . He also co-wrote and produced Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
' Forgive Me and worked with X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on her debut album. He later worked with Whitney Houston for her 2009 comeback album I Look to You
I Look to You
, appearing on the track "Like I Never Left". Akon
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 . IsThereSomethingICanDo.com, launched On March 25, 2009, The social action collaboration project between the artists Peter Buffett and Akon
Akon
has partnered with DoSomething.org, to coincide with the release of "Blood Into Gold". The song focused on human trafficking and featured both artists.

David Guetta collaborated with Akon
Akon
in " Sexy Bitch ", the first house track by Akon. The song reached number 1 in more than six countries, and charted at 5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
. He produced and recorded “Oh Africa” for the 2010 World Cup with Pepsi.

According to Forbes
Forbes
, Akon
Akon
grossed $13 million in 2011, $21 million in 2010, $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008.

2010–PRESENT: STADIUM

A single, "Angel ", produced by Guetta, was released in September 2010. Akon
Akon
performed the song during the 2010 Victoria\'s Secret Fashion Show . Akon
Akon
travelled to Jamaica to work with Damian, Julian however, it was removed from the final album track list. He also contributed "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti ", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake
2010 Haiti earthquake
. After a long hiatus, Akon
Akon
put out the promotional single "Dirty Work" (featuring Wiz Khalifa ), which was released in February 2013.

On November 11, 2013, Akon
Akon
released a standalone single titled "So Blue ".

On January 1, 2015, Akon
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 it will be released through Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
, though the label said it was unsure of the release date.

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

AKON LIGHTING AFRICA

Main article: Akon Lighting Africa

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

TELEVISION AND FILM

Akon
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
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
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
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
Akon
in the film.

Besides, Akon
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 .

On November 30, 2007, Akon
Akon
entered the Big Brother house in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 as a guest. He also appeared on edition of November 17, 2008 of WWE Raw , with Santino Marella citing him in his speech.

He collaborated with music director duo Vishal-Shekhar and sang " Chammak Challo " as a part of the soundtrack for the 2011 Bollywood film Ra.One .

Akon
Akon
made his acting debut appearing alongside an ensemble cast in the 2012 Nigerian-American film Black November . In 2014, he starred alongside Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody in the action movie, American Heist , directed by Sarik Andreasyan .

PERSONAL LIFE

Akon
Akon
is Muslim
Muslim
. Akon
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
Akon
owns a diamond mine in South Africa
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.

Akon
Akon
appeared on the ITV2 show The Hot Desk . He stated on the show that he is a fan of English Premier League
Premier League
club Chelsea F.C.

LEGAL DIFFICULTIES

Akon
Akon
has stated that he was part of an auto-theft ring and spent three years in prison from 1999 to 2002. However, in April 2008, The Smoking Gun website challenged his claim with court records and interviews with detectives involved in Akon's case, concluding that he was not convicted of any crime and did not serve time in prison. Akon
Akon
responded to the report by saying that he never spent 3 years in prison, but had many shorter sentences that add up to three years.

In April 2007, Akon
Akon
drew criticism for an onstage act which included simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl, 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 requirement. 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. Amid criticism on the radio, television, and from the blogosphere , Verizon Wireless removed ringtones featuring Akon's songs. Verizon also decided not to sponsor The Sweet Escape Tour where Akon
Akon
was to be the opening act for Gwen Stefani . However, Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
did not take action against Akon, but rather simply ordered the video clip be removed from video-sharing site YouTube
YouTube
due to copyright infringement . Conservative commentator and Parents Television Council founder Brent Bozell called this "corporate irresponsibility".

Political commentators Michelle Malkin , Laura Ingraham , and Bill O\'Reilly criticized Akon
Akon
for "degrading women". Malkin uploaded commentary about Akon
Akon
to YouTube
YouTube
, using footage from music videos and the Trinidad concert, and Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
then forced its removal by issuing a DMCA takedown notice. The Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law, citing fair use . 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. Akon
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
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
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
Akon
was arraigned on the two charges on December 3, 2007 in the town of Fishkill Court.

In 2010, Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
vehemently protested a planned concert by Akon, claiming his music video with Guetta for "Sexy Chick " insulted Buddhism
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
Sri Lanka
.

DISCOGRAPHY

Main articles: Akon discography and Akon production discography

* Trouble (2004) * Konvicted (2006) * Freedom (2008) * Stadium (TBA)

FILMOGRAPHY

* Black November (2012) * American Heist (2014) * Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

TOURS

* Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam
, Tanzania One-off Concert (2006). * Konvicted Tour (July to September 2007, then additional dates in 2008) * The Sweet Escape Tour with Gwen Stefani (April to July 2007) * Good Girl Gone Bad Tour with Rihanna
Rihanna
(Canadian-leg only, September – December 2008) * Konvict Muzik Tour with T-Pain
T-Pain
(Australia only, October 26–27, 2009) * Summer Tour, (Brazil-leg only, January to February 2010) * OMG Tour with Usher (North America Second Leg, April – June 2011)

SEE ALSO

* Book: Akon
Akon

* List of awards and nominations received by Akon * List of Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart achievements and milestones * List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart * List of artists who have had number-one singles on the UK Official Download Chart * List of artists who reached number one in the United States * List of best-charting music artists in the U.S.

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Akon
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