Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973),[1] better known as Akon (/ˈkɒn/), is an American singer, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor of Senegalese descent. 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.[3] 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 Billboard Hot 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 as Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis, Kardinal Offishall, Leona Lewis, and T-Pain.

Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010[4] and 5th in 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list, in 2011.[5] Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.[6]



Locked Up
"Locked Up" is the debut single by American singer Akon, taken as the lead single from his album, Trouble.
Trouble is the debut album by the Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer Akon, released in 2004.
Konvicted is the second studio album by Senegalese-American singer Akon.
Smack That
"Smack That" is a song by American singer/songwriter Akon from his second studio album Konvicted (2006).

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News Articles6

Akon: I’d Run for President in 2020 with Mark Zuckerberg as VP
  –  March 9, 2018
Akon has become known for his social interest in the world. He has started an initiative to bring light to many on the continent of Africa. With his eyes set on the political climate in America, the rapper tells TMZ he would hypothetically run for ...
King Krule did an interview drunk, claimed Akon wrote the ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ theme
  –  March 13, 2018
King Krule has given an interview whilst drunk, and claimed Akon wrote the Sonic The Hedgehog theme tune. Speaking on Star Slinger’s Drunken Slinger Podcast, the ‘The OOZ’ singer-songwriter engaged in a typically meandering, thoughtful conversation ...
Akon spotted playing basketball with hot bikini-clad women in new video
  –  March 10, 2018
Akon is out here living his life. The American-Senegalese singer who is a proud husband of four women, and currently engaged to another woman was filmed playing basketball with hot bikini-clad women in this new video. Watch the video below.
Akon hints on running for US presidency – Daily Trust
  –  March 10, 2018
R & B singer Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam popularly known as Akon, has indicated that he might probably 'run' for the office of becoming America's number 1 citizen and in doing so, he would pick Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg as his running mate ...
Akon wants Trump’s job, guess who he wants as VP (Video)
  –  March 10, 2018
44-year-old American-Senegalese singer, Akon has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is interested in the job of incumbent President Donald Trump. Akon made the submission during an interview with TMZ while speaking about how he could school Trump on ...
Akon talks about running for US Presidency, picking Mark Zuckerberg as VP
  –  March 10, 2018
American-Senegalese singer, Aliaume Thiam, popularly known as Akon, has spoken about debating with President Donald Trump and lecturing him on governance. In a new interview with journalists which held at Los Angeles yesterday, the 44-year-old singer also ...


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