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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.
Akon has addressed Kesha's contract battle with Dr. Luke, calling on the producer to let the singer go.
During an interview with TMZ.com at Los Angeles' LAX airport on Monday (29 March 16), the outspoken singer-songwriter offered some wise words to both parties.
The R&B star, who worked with Dr. Luke on rapper Flo Rida's Who Dat Girl track in 2010 appealed to the superstar producer to cut Kesha some slack and release her from her contract with Sony, which she first signed with him a decade ago.
"I wouldn't want to keep an artist a part of my label if she doesn't want to be there," said Akon, "It only creates more problems as it's doing now because think about it, if the assault situation sticks Dr Luke's career is over."
Continue reading: Akon Has Some Advice For Dr. Luke
Rapper Akon Is Expanding His Solar Power Charity Initiative Into Latin America.
The Locked Up star has been working on providing solar power to Africans living in rural areas, through his Akon Lighting Africa company, which he co-founded in 2013. He has also launched a Solar Academy in Mali, where engineers will be taught how to harness the sun's energy.
Akon has now teamed up with government officials in several Latin American countries, including Brazil, in a bid to bring his initiative to the poor communities on the continent.
"Proud to announce that AKON lighting Africa has now expanded," he writes on Instagram.com. "We are now in Latin America creating the new initiative AKON LIGHTING LATIN AMERICA!! Clean energy for all."
Hip-hop Star Akon Is Releasing His New Album Project Via A Cell Phone App.
The singer has put together four new records, marking his first new material in seven years, and he has now revealed he is shunning traditional sales methods by giving his music away for free.
Akon's four albums will be available to stream via an app called Stadium, also the title of the four-record project, which will be available for fans to download.
The scheme will be funded via advertising, and fans will be encouraged to share the app with friends to earn credits to buy products such as ringtones and gain access to more songs.
Continue reading: Akon Releasing New Albums Via App
Rapper Akon Has Been Slapped With A $15,000 (£9,400) Lawsuit By A Contractor Working On His Georgia Mansion.
Bosses at Capital Floors LLC claim the invoice for installing floors in the Locked Up hitmaker's mansion was due to be paid on 23 June (15), but they have yet to receive the funds.
Company executive Naftali Yair also alleges he has suffered health problems since the work was performed.
He tells Bossip.com, "He cost me my health. I was just in the hospital. He needs to be in jail."
Continue reading: Akon Facing Another Lawsuit Over Home Construction
Bosses At A Georgia Firm Are Suing R&b Star Akon For Failing To Pay Contractors For Work They Carried Out At His Home.
Capital Floors executives claim the Locked Up star owes them thousands for work on singer's floors, and they've filed a $15,000 (GBP9,400) lien against his home.
The contractor admits Akon has paid some of the costs, and the $15,000 represents the balance. If he doesn't pay up, there could be another $50,000 (GBP31,000) in damages filed, according to TMZ.com.
Akon already has a lien against his home - another contractor claims he's more than $35,000 (GBP22,000) for work on his Georgia mansion and in 2012, a contractor claimed he was owed $51,941 (GBP32,000) for work to the same property.
Rapper Akon Is Hoping To Shine The Light On A Power Problem In Africa As Part Of A New Solar Power Charity Initiative.
The Locked Up hitmaker has been working on providing solar power to those living in rural areas, through his Akon Lighting Africa company, which he co-founded in 2013, and now he's set to launch a Solar Academy in Mali, where engineers will be taught how to harness the sun's energy.
The 42 year old is hoping to raise cash for his big sun-power push at the Passport Experience Festival this weekend (18-19Jul15) in Georgia, where a portion of all proceeds will benefit the Akon Lighting Africa initiative.
Reggae artist Gyptian, Nigerian singer Timaya and Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire will also perform at the festival.
Pitbull Will Reportedly Be Called To Testify In A Lawsuit Against Akon, Who Stands Accused Of Failing To Secure The Timber Rapper For An Egyptian Artist's Music Video.
The Lonely singer was slapped with legal action from Arab musician Tamer Hosny last year (14), amid claims Akon had reneged on a $300,000 (£187,500) deal for the hitmaking pair to appear in the promo for his new song, Arabian Knight.
Hosny alleged the no-show by Pitbull cost him $100,000 (£62,500) in equipment rental fees and a day's pay for the video crew, and demanded compensation, but Akon insisted he never agreed to have Pitbull appear in the promo and asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.
He also disputed the amount he was paid for his involvement, revealing Hosny only gave him $145,000 (£90,625) to provide vocals for the track.
Continue reading: Pitbull To Be Called To Testify In Lawsuit Against Akon - Report
Hip-hop Star Akon Is Launching A New Solar Academy In Mali To Teach Engineers How To Harness The Power Of The Sun's Energy.
The Locked Up hitmaker has been working on providing solar power to those living in rural areas through his Akon Lighting Africa company, which he co-founded in 2013, and now he has unveiled plans to train locals and teach business leaders how best to use the power source at the institute in Bamako.
Akon announced the venture during a speech at the United Nations' second Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York last week (ends22May15).
The Senegal native said, "I kind of seen (sic) what it felt like to live in poverty and understand what it is to be in a position without light and go days without eating. I felt it. I understood it. And it made me cherish life even more. It put me in a position to be a lot more humble as a celebrity."
Continue reading: Akon Launching Solar Academy In Mali
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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Singer Akon Was Barred From Entering Kuwait To Perform A Gig There On Saturday (11apr15) Amid Concerns Over His Racy Lyrics.
The Smack That hitmaker was forced to cancel the show after local officials in the conservative Muslim country reportedly voiced objections about the content of his songs.
Member of Parliament Humood Al Hamdan told Kuwait newspaper Al Rai, "If the U.S. singer who is well known for his terrible lyrics is allowed to perform, we will not hesitate to move against anything that touches our religion and our morals. We need to protect our children and make sure they are not influenced by negative people. There must be a zero-tolerance policy towards such matters."
However, Bashar Al Sayegh, the secretary general of political group the National Coalition, slammed the decision.
Continue reading: Akon's Kuwait Gig Cancelled
Date of birth
16th April, 1973
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