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Akon

Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), professionally known as simply Akon, is a Senegalese American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer and businessman. 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". Akon has had four songs certified as 3x platinum, three songs certified as 2x platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1x platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales. Akon has sung songs in many languages like Spanish, Hindi etc. Akon often sings hooks for other artists 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

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Akon -- Hey Mom, Merry Early XMAS ... Take My Home, Please

Akon
Hey Mom, Merry Early XMAS Take My Home, Please

Akon already feels the holiday spirit ... he just turned over the deed to his Atlanta home to his mom. It's a 5 bedroom pad about an hour outside of the ATL. Akon bought the home a decade ago… READ MORE >

Akon -- I Passed On My Hairdresser Turned Rapper ... No Regrets (VIDEO)

Akon
I Passed On My Hairdresser Turned Rapper No Regrets

Akon has no regrets he didn't sign his hairdresser to a record deal ... now that she's a big deal on "Empire." We showed Akon a pic of Bre-Z at LAX Monday and he immediately… READ MORE >

- 111 days ago
Akon -- I Don't Regret Passing On Drake ... One Bit (VIDEO)

Akon
I Don't Regret Passing on Drake ... One Bit

Akon is not a second-guesser, and that's why he has no second thoughts about his decision to take a pass on signing Drake before the Canadian blew up. We got Akon at LAX Tuesday when our photog… READ MORE >

- 124 days ago
Akon -- Justin Bieber's a Grown Man ... He Makes His Own Weed Decisions (VIDEO)

Akon
Bieber's a Grown Man He Makes His Own Weed Decisions

Akon is scoffing at the notion Justin Bieber chugged booze an very possibly smoke a joint onstage this week because of a dare. As we reported, Justin chugged from a Hennessy bottle and grabbed a… READ MORE >

- 128 days ago
Akon Sued -- Mansion Floors Don't Come Cheap ... Pay Up, Man!

Akon Sued
Mansion Floors Don't Come Cheap ... Pay Up, Man!

Akon's Georgia mansion continues to be a thorn in his side ... as yet another contractor is claiming he didn't get paid for working on the superstar producer and singer's floors.    A… READ MORE >

- 162 days ago
Akon -- Dear President ... Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

Akon
Dear President ... Enjoy This Ballin' Bulletproof Van

Akon has the same crisis we all do -- what the hell do ya buy an African president who has everything?! The answer, according to Akon ... is a $350k tricked out bulletproof ride. The… READ MORE >

- 301 days ago
Akon Sued -- Your Mama Screwed Me On Pimped Out Floors

Akon Sued
Your Mama Screwed Me On Pimped Out Floors

Akon will be walking on water if his super baller glass floor ever gets installed -- but the contractor says it ain't happening until he gets paid, and Akon's mom stops flaking out on the… READ MORE >

- 386 days ago
Akon -- Repo Man Gunning for Ferrari in Upside Down Car Deal

Akon
Repo Man Gunning for Ferrari In Upside Down Car Deal [UPDATE!]

A rep for Akon tells TMZ ... Akon loaned the Ferrari to someone who was supposed to make the payment, but did not. The says once Akon learned of the missed payments, he immediately made it right… READ MORE >

- 543 days ago
Akon -- The Jay Z/Beyonce Marriage Feels 'Corporate'

Akon
Jay Z & Beyonce's Marriage Feels 'Corporate'

Jay Z and Beyonce might be crazy in love or they might be headed for a split, but R&B star Akon says the fact they have always kept their relationship private is what has led to so much… READ MORE >

- 552 days ago
Akon -- Team USA Is Strong ... But Mexico Looks Unstoppable!

Akon
Team USA Is Strong, But ... Mexico Looks Unstoppable!

BEWARE TEAM MEXICO ... so says Akon ... who tells TMZ Sports the mean green machine is lookin' so strong, he's picking Memo Ochoa's squad to make it all the way to the World Cup finals!FYI --… READ MORE >

- 599 days ago

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