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Akon, is a Senegalese American R&B recording artist, songwriter and record producer. 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’s solo debut album, Trouble was released in 2004. It spawned the singles “Locked Up” and “Lonely”, “Belly Dancer (Bananza)”, “Pot Of Gold”, and “Ghetto.” “Locked Up” reached 8th position in the U.S. and 5th in the UK. “Ghetto” became a radio hit when it was remixed by DJ Green Lantern to include verses from rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. The album is a hybrid of Akon’s silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats. Most of Akon’s songs begin with the sound of the clank of a jail cell’s door with him uttering the word “Konvict”.
His second album, Konvicted was released in November 2006 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, The album included collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Styles P. The first single “Smack That” featuring Eminem was released in 2006 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. Akon released his new album Freedom in 2008, which spawned four singles: “Right Now (Na Na Na)”, “I’m So Paid” (featuring Lil Wayne andYoung Jeezy),
“Beautiful” (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Colby O’Donis) and “We Don’t Care”. Freedom was certified platinum in US.