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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 -- 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 >

Akon -- I DESTROYED A Great House -- & Made It Even Better

Akon
I DESTROYED A Great House & Made It Even Better

Akon just took a perfectly fine suburban home in the San Fernando Valley and gutted it like a fish ... turning it into a SICK new party palace.Real estate sources tell us Akon dropped just under… READ MORE >

- 113 days ago
Akon --Waste Deep in Michael Jackson DNA Stunt

Akon
Waste Deep in MJ DNA Stunt

Akon is SO part of the whole Michael Jackson "The-Kid-Really-Is-My-Son" DNA shenanigans.We got him arriving at LAX Friday and he acted a tad skeptical ... that the freshly-touted B Howard, plain… READ MORE >

- 143 days ago
Akon -- Tech Millionaire Sues -- You Hosed My Ritzy Party

Akon
Tech Millionaire Sues You Hosed My Ritzy Party

Akon knows how to spoil a birthday ... pocketing $125K to sing at a rich businessman's private party in Kuala Lumpur ... then allegedly canceling two days before his performance.Patrick Grove --… READ MORE >

- 154 days ago
Akon to Egyptian Singer -- Pitbull's My Dawg ... But He's Not My Bitch

Akon to Egyptian Singer
Pitbull's My Dawg ... But He's Not My Bitch

Akon does not have Pitbull on a short leash, and never promised the rapper would perform for an Egyptian singer's music video ... this according to new legal docs filed by Akon. TMZ… READ MORE >

- 179 days ago
Egyptian Singer Sues Akon For Not Having Pitbull on a Leash

Egyptian Singer
Sues Akon For Not Having Pitbull on a Leash

Rapper Pitbull torpedoed a famous Egyptian singer's music video -- after the singer spent hundreds of thousands to produce it -- and it's all Akon's fault ... this according to a new… READ MORE >

- 188 days ago
Akon -- My Pet Tigers Poop A LOT!!

Akon
My Pet Tigers Poop ... A LOT!

Akon's got a serious poop problem in his backyard ... 'cause his pet tigers are dumping like crazy ... and you won't believe how much scat they drop a week.The "Smack That" singer was on his way… READ MORE >

- 204 days ago
Akon -- I'm No Hater... I Love ALL Shades Of Black

Akon
I'm No Hater ... I Love ALL Shades Of Black

Akon and Martin Luther King Jr. have something in common ... they don't judge people by the color of their skin, because Akon likes all shades of Black ... women.Akon was rolling up to Bootsy… READ MORE >

- 244 days ago
Akon -- Monogamy is Stupid

Akon
Monogamy is Stupid

Akon believes the idea of a man having to bang one chick for all of eternity is ridiculous and not realistic -- and if women could just accept that, there would be far less domestic disputes. Akon… READ MORE >

- 259 days ago
Akon -- Ordered to Pay Child Support ... Right Now (Na Na Na)

Akon
Ordered to Pay Kid Support Right Now (Na Na Na)

Akon has been ordered by a judge to cough up $5,000 a month in child support ... which would be considered MASSIVE ... except for the fact that he's raking in over $40,000 per month. TMZ broke the… READ MORE >

- 437 days ago

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