Akon (born Aliuane Badara Thiam, 30.4.1973) - Akon is a Senegalese / American hip-hop songwriter / singer and producer. He rose to fame when his single `Locked Up' was released in 2004. He is the only artist to ever achieve the number one and number two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100.

Childhood: Born in Senegal, Akon was raised in a musical environment and learned to play several instruments. Aged seven, he moved to New Jersey, USA.

Akon allegedly spent time in jail and it is reportedly here that he developed an understanding of his musical abilities and an appreciation for his background. Upon his release, he immediately started to record his music and send out demo tapes. Most of his songs begin with the clanging of a jail cell and Akon saying the word `Convict.'

Musical Career: Akon's music is mix of West-African style vocals, along with both East Coast and Southern-style beats. His solo album was released in 2004. Trouble generated the singles `Locked Up,' `Lonely' and `Ghetto,' among others. `Locked Up' was allegedly inspired by a three-year jail term that he served for committing grand theft auto. The song reached the top 10 in the US and the top five in he UK.

The song `Ghetto' became a hit when it was remixed to include verses from 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.

Between 2006 and 2007, Akon had eleven songs in the Billboard Hot 100. His second album, Konvicted was released in November 2006. The album contained collaborations with Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

Akon achieved his first solo number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single `Don't Matter.'

Konvicted had sold more than a million records in the US in its first six weeks on sale. It stayed in the Billboard 200 album chart's Top 20 for 28 consecutive weeks.

In 2006, `Smack That' was nominated for Best Rap / Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards.

Personal Life: It is alleged that Akon has three wives. He is a Muslim, and polygamy is legal under Islamic law.

In 2007, Akon's criminal past scuppered his plans to tour in Australia, as he was refused a visa.

Akon's manager, Robert Montanez was shot to death in December 2005. The drive-by shooting happened in New Jersey. Akon was in the car and was shot in the shoulder but made a full recovery.

In 2006, Akon launched his own label, Kon Distribution, which is a part of Interscope Records.

Other collaborations that Akon has undertaken include an appearance on Gwen Stefani's album the Sweet Escape; working with Chamillionaire on his Mixtape Messiah 2 compilation and featuring on Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's Strength Loyalty album. In 2007, Akon recorded a new mix of Michael Jackson's `Wanna Be Startin' Somethin.' The new version of the song charted in the top 10 in most countries around the world.

Akon has launched his own Konvict Clothing line, featuring street wear such as jeans, hoodies and t-shirts. An upmarket version named Aliaune features blazers and smarter wear.

Akon courted controversy in 2007 when he was filmed in a Trinidad & Tobago club, simulating sex with the 15-year old daughter of a local preacher. Later that year, at a concert in New York, he threw an audience member back offstage and into the crowd, after the young man had been identified as the person that had thrown an object onstage at him. Following a police enquiry, Akon claimed that the event had been staged.

There are claims that Akon's criminal past has been significantly over-exaggerated. He has apparently been convicted of a single felony (possession of a gun), for which he received three years' probation. He also spent several months in jail for stealing a single BMW. The prosecutors dropped all charges against him.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

I Heart Radio Festival Latin

Akon - I Heart Radio Festival Latina at the American Airlines Arena - Arrivals at American Airlines Arena - Miami, Florida, United States - Sunday 8th November 2015


The Morning Show

Akon - Global TV Toronto's The Morning Show. - Toronto, Canada - Friday 4th September 2015


American Heist Trailer

Years ago, two brothers lived on the wrong side of the law. When James (Hayden Christensen) was set to go to jail, his brother Frankie (Adrien Brody) took the fall instead. Now, James has turned his life around and is preparing to launch his own legitimate business. When Frankie is released from jail, he fall back in with the wrong crowd, and ends up homeless and desperate for money. With so much debt to his brother, James is forced to stray back into the criminal underworld to pull of the heist to end all heists, and hopefully get his brother onto the right track once this is all over.

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Black November Review


Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata clearly feels passionate about the problems in his country, but despite the presence of Hollywood stars the movie is made in a style that will feel amateurish to Western audiences. Obvious screenwriting is the main problem, ramping up melodrama when political intensity is needed. Essentially, a more organic approach to storytelling, with attention to the characters instead of the themes, would have made this a much more powerful thriller.

After studying in America, 21-year-old Ebiere (Mbong Amata) returns home to her Niger Delta community just in time to witness a horrific oil-company accident in which most of her family perishes. As the most educated person in her village, she rises to a position of leadership among the rebels fighting for fairer treatment from petrol executive Tom (Mickey Rourke) and the corrupt military, which responds with relentless violence, betraying and brutalising the villagers. As she falls for rebel commander Dede (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), Ebiere becomes even more important. And things take a further turn when she's charged with murder after a protest turns fatal. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, desperate Nigerians (including Wyclef Jean and Akon) take Tom hostage along with a local reporter (Kim Basinger) to demand justice for Ebiere's plight.

Writer-director Amata made this film three years ago, then reworked it to add the L.A. sequences in an effort to make Nigeria's struggle feel more current in the context of global activism. This works to an extent, as it stirs the hot topic of terrorism into the mix. But the big action set pieces are directed and edited in a choppy way that feels undercooked. The story of desperate political activism amid heavy-handed corruption is compelling, but it's watered down by some rather soapy interpersonal plot points. Still, the film remains involving, a powerful tale of little guys standing up to forces much bigger than themselves simply in the name of what's right.

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Instagram's Own Account Worst Hit By 'Insta Rapture', But Which Celebrity Accounts Have Lost The Most Followers?

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The photo sharing site Instagram has decided to remove millions of profiles which were believed to be posting spam. The website's action, dubbed the 'Instagram rapture', has left a number of legitimate users disgruntled at their seeming lack of online popularity and the purge has seriously affected celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Akon.

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Kim Kardashian is now the second most followed Instagram user.

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Singing St. Louis' Praises: Budweiser Made In America Hit Missouri In Their Music Documentary Expose

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Budweiser Made In America 2014 logo

The ever overlooked St. Louis, Missouri is our next stop for the Budweiser Made in America documentary series, and an appropriate point ahead of Jay Z's music festival.

Almost every major city in the United States has some sort of musical identity which is exactly that sort of thing that inspired Jay Z to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's all about looking at different genres from all over the country and uniting them in two major cities: Philadelphia and Los Angeles. However, there are plenty of musically rich cities out there that just barely get noticed - even in spite of some of the major stars that have come out of them.

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Harlee - Dream Warriors

2013 American Music Awards

Akon - 2013 American Music Awards - Arrivals held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. 24-11-2013 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th November 2013


2013 Billboard Music Awards At The MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals

Roshon Fegan - 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 20th May 2013

2013 Billboard Music Awards At The MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals

David Guetta and Cathy Guetta - 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals - Vegas, NV, United States - Sunday 19th May 2013

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David Guetta - Play Hard

David Guetta released his Platinum single 'Play Hard' featuring Ne-Yo and Akon in March 2013 and he is now here with his amusing gangster movie style video for it. The song is the ninth track to be taken from 2011 number one album 'Nothing but the Beat'.

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Rihanna 777 Tour Update: From Paris With Love

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Rihanna hit stop four on her 777 world tour, where the singer hits seven cities across the globe in seven different countries in, yeah you guessed it, seven days, when she hit up Paris last night.

The Parisians in attendance were in for quite a treat when RiRi hit the stage at Le Trianon, and those at the after party were in for an even bigger treat as the Barbadian beauty partied the night away with some famous faces and a few fans too. With P Diddy (who she casually bumped into at the airport - as you do), Akon and Pharrell Williams in attendance, Rihanna outshone the party she threw on day 3 in Stockholm, the party where she gave out shots of tequila for her waiting fans, by quite some way.

The 'Diamonds' singer is practically running on empty, flying between countries with as much emphasis on partying as hard as can be as she has on actually performing. Still, when she stopped off at the shops of Paris before her performance she wasn't buying Pro-Plus, but instead she went shopping for some sexy lingerie! You have to think what goes through that sleep-depraved girl's mind sometimes.

Akon - I Can't Wait

Akon - Mama Africa (AOL Sessions)

Akon - I Wanna Love You (AOL Sessions)



Date of birth

16th April, 1973








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