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Akon, born Aliaune Thiam, grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) eventually settled in the USA, in the state of New Jersey. There he discovered hip-hop and R&B music as well as crime. He was eventually jailed, but he used the time to work on his musical ideas. Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which eventually released "Trouble," Akon's debut LP, in June 2004. The album was an interesting hybrid of Akon's hip-hop-influenced sung lyrics and silky, West African-styled vocals with East Coast- and Southern-styled beats.  See full bio on IMDb »

Akon Sued by Business Partner for $150 Million

Akon Sued
By Business Partner ... You Owe Me $150 Mil

Akon's been holding out on his biz partner for more than 10 years, and now owes a staggering $150 million in unpaid fees ... according to Devyne Stephens, anyway. Stephens is the music exec… READ MORE >

Akon's Tesla Stolen from Home, Found Within Hours

My Tesla Got Jacked ... And Then I Got It Back!

Akon's Tesla went out for a joyride ... with a burglar, but the heist was cut short by technology. Sources close to Akon tell TMZ ... a burglar entered the garage Saturday night at his Woodland… READ MORE >

- 373 days ago
Akon Says President Trump's Got Courage But ... (VIDEO)

Prez Trump Has Courage, But ...

Donald Trump is America's most courageous president ever ... or at least Akon thinks he could be, despite his controversial immigration policy. Akon, who is Muslim, actually… READ MORE >

- 416 days ago
Akon Says Donald Trump Has Made Americans Targets (VIDEO)

Trump Has Made Americans Targets

Akon is really scared ... because he travels abroad a lot and thinks Donald Trump has put a big fat target on his head. The singer thinks it's not just Americans whom Trump has put in… READ MORE >

- 416 days ago
Akon's Producer Is Suing Him for Royalties

Accused of Playing Hide the Dough ... Producer Sues

Akon was not down to share the wealth from his hits, which is why he kept one of his producers in the dark ... according to a lawsuit. Leland Clopton claims Akon's record label, Konvict… READ MORE >

- 464 days ago
Akon -- Worried About Kanye ... Keeping My Eye On 'Kardashian Kurse' (VIDEO)

Worried About Kanye ... Keeping My Eye On 'Kardashian Kurse'

Kanye West was bound to end up in a hospital ... IF you buy into the long rumored Kardashian curse supposedly haunting all the men in that family, and Akon might be a believer. Akon was… READ MORE >

- 485 days ago
Akon -- Buy My Fixer-Upper For $2.5 Mil! (PHOTOS)

Buy My Fixer-Upper For Only $2.5 Mil!

Akon put his home on the market, but anyone looking to snatch it up better bring a checkbook AND a handyman. The Sandy Springs, GA crib hit the market for $2.595 million, and the… READ MORE >

- 685 days ago
Akon -- Don't Move The World Cup!!! It Belongs In Qatar (VIDEO)

Don't Move The World Cup!!! It Belongs In Qatar

There's at least one huge figure who believes the 2022 World Cup still belongs in Qatar ... Akon ... who says despite rampant corruption and human rights violations ... the event should stay put.… READ MORE >

- 726 days ago
Akon to Dr. Luke -- Cut Kesha Loose!!! (VIDEO)

Akon to Dr. Luke
Cut Kesha Loose

Akon lives by a simple precept ... if someone doesn't want to be with you, just let them go. We got Akon at LAX Monday and he sounds like the ultimate voice of reason. He's not taking sides with… READ MORE >

- 752 days ago
Akon -- Louis Farrakhan is Dead Wrong ... LeBron James Is NOT A Slave

Louis Farrakhan is Dead Wrong ... LeBron James Is NOT A Slave

Akon is calling major BS on Louis Farrakhan ... saying comments he made comparing NBA basketball to modern day slavery -- and LeBron James to a slave -- are totally and completely off base.… READ MORE >

- 758 days ago
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