Akon

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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.

Akon: 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.'

Akon: 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.

Akon: 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.

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AUWAL

AKON U RE D BEST ARTIST I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LYF..I LUV UR MUSIC ND MODE OF UR DRESSINGS..AKON U RE D LEGEND ND WIL SURELY B D KING OF R'n'B...INFACT JUST B/C OF D LUV I HV 4 U,MY FRIENDS CAL MI AKON WHILE SUM CALL MI KONVICT.....LUV UKONVICT............

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Akon you are performing in Winnipeg June 10/07.I had to get tickets on the internet.600.00 x 2 plus shipping and handling.1404.00KRAZY.I was wondering if you can give me 2 backstage passes to meet you and Gwen?Please.Smack that.EMAIL ME AT candyshmoe@hotmail.com

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OMg ii LoOvE uR mUSiic KEeP Up your good work....

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DIDI

we are all proud of you!u're one of those who make us proud of what we are,ak!obama just came to say that it's not only on ya degree that our succes can be limited!go on!and we hope to see you too shinny in this 2009!much love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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chris with kay

i love your song it is great

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toooooooooosha

hi akon i'm a tunisian girl ilike you so much i like your songs especially your latest one you are great my friend i hope one day i meet you all my regards bye my famous and prefered singer

6 years 10 months ago
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senegambia

hi u doing bro,thank god i have meet u twice.That was ma dream,n i have fullfill it.I was the one who meet u at birmingham n manchester n i gave u the shirt i design special for u to wear.U wore the one i gave u in manchester,it was just incredible,its just two of them shirts,u got one n i got one.Hope u wearing them.AKON DA LIGHT OF AFRICA.I would love to met u again asap,that would be nice.Thats ma email address i would love to be in touch rahub@hotmail.com. Peace hope to hear from U,KONVICT MUSIC UPFRONT.Jah guide u,always

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www.myspace.com/edenroxofficialdo a track with her your voice would really suit

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Akon is the hottest man alive. I will always be his biggest fan in the whole entire world.I would Bang him if he would ever let me

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i like akon and all his songs

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