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ITTY BITTY BITS: DMX freed; Baby-Pain; Akon's scents; HBO to ... - Eurweb.com
*Akon is coming out with two new fragrances later this year from his recently-formed Konvict Cosmetics: Konvicted, a scent aimed at younger consumers, and Aliaune, titled after his real name and marketed to more mature customers....
High note of Akon's visit - The Times
Akon said Zuma was one of the reasons he had come to South Africa: “I want to meet him to [formally introduce myself] as an African artist with the same voice that he has.” He said he would encourage other singers to visit South Africa....
Lady gaga Possibly Working With redone and Akon for New Album - AceShowbiz
Lady gaga reportedly will work with redone, Akon, Darkchild, Fernando Garibay and Jim Jonsin for the follow up to her debut album 'The Fame'. Beside making music for her own effort, Lady gaga also helps other artists crafting their songs....
SA: Singer Akon visits Jacob Zuma - AfricaNews
Senegalese born US rapper Akon is in South Africa and has met President Jacob Zuma. He is also set to launch his clothing label 'Konvict' and shoot a music video later in the week. Akon arrived Thursday with an entourage of six smartly dressed people...
Akon Follows 50 Cent's Lead Into Latin Music - MTV.com
Now Akon has joined in, making his foray into the Latin genre by dropping not one but two new singles. The hitmaker recently recorded a remix of his latest smash "Beautiful," featuring Spanish vocals by ex-RBD member Dulce Maria....
Z95 show to feature Akon - Corpus Christi Caller Times
Right now is your chance to make plans to see Akon. Akon, known for hits that include “Don't Matter,” “Right Now (Na Na Na),” “Beautiful,” and “I'm So Paid,” will play American Bank Center June 19 as featured artist of the Hot Z95 Summer Jam 2009....
Akon surprises Soweto - iAfrica.com
R&B superstar Akon surprised locals when he shot scenes for his new music video in Soweto. The 'Lonely' hitmaker, who has recently collaborated with stars like Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, was greeted by throngs of fans when he arrived to film...
DX News Bits: Akon, DJ Qbert - HipHopDX
Hit maker Akon announced today that he will be releasing two separate fragrances this fall, a move that has him following in the footsteps of fellow rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West who have also signed fragrance deals in recent months [click to read]....
US star Akon gives cash to fans - Sowetan
For the handful of people who turned up to witness the filming of American star Akon's music after a radio announcement and invitation by the star, his fans waited until 4:30pm, but not in vain. According to an aspiring musician and Akon's fan,...
Akon composing 2010 World Cup Anthem - Oneindia
Washington, (ANI): R 'n' B musician Akon has landed an incredibly lucrative deal, as he has been asked to make music for the forthcoming 2010 football world cup. The 'Birthmark' hitmaker has been roped in to record a theme song for the football world...

Akon

Akon performing with Gwen Stefani on The Sweet Escape Tour.

Aliaune Thiam (born April 16, 1977), better known by his stage name Akon (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/), is a WolofSenegalese-American hip hop singer-songwriter,and record producer. Akon rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of his single "Locked Up" from his debut album Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the single "Smack That." He is the founder of two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He is well known for singing hooks and has over 155 guest appearances and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs to his credit. He is the first solo artist to ever accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

As the son of famed jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was raised in a musical setting and taught to play several instruments. At the age of 7, he spent time between America and Senegal until he was 15, then he moved permanently to New Jersey. During Akon’s alleged time in jail for 12 years, he began to understand his music abilities and developed an appreciation for his musical background. Akon's unique blend of West African-style, skills and moves eventually caught the ears of executives at Universal.

He is the son of the Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam. He then spent split time between Senegal and America until he was 15, and then permanently moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. He recorded his first song, "Operations of Nature", at the age of fifteen. Akon began writing and recording tracks in his home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which released Akon's debut LP Trouble in June 2004. 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 with him uttering the word "Konvict".

Akon's second album, entitled Konvicted, was released on November 14, 2006. Konvicted included collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Styles P. Late August 2006, Akon released the single "Smack That" featuring Eminem, from the album. This single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. The music video for "Smack That" was directed by Raymond Garced. "I Wanna Love You," the second single off Konvicted, was released in September 2006. It is a collaboration between Akon and Snoop Dogg. This single earned Akon his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and Snoop's second. "I Wanna Love You" topped the U.S. charts for two consecutive weeks. In January 2007, Akon released his third single "Don't Matter" which earned him his first solo number one and second consecutive Hot 100 chart topper. "Mama Africa" was released as a European single in July 2007, making it the fourth single. It debuted in the UK at number 47. "Sorry, Blame It on Me" is the album's fifth single which debuted in August 2007, on the Hot 100 at number seven, which also happened to be a career best. The song is not available on the original album, but instead part of the Deluxe Edition of Konvicted, which came out August 28, 2007. The sixth and final single was confirmed in an interview by Akon to be "Never Took the Time." Konvicted debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies in its first week. After only six weeks, Konvicted sold more than one million records in the U.S. and more than 1.3 million worldwide. The album was certified platinum after seven weeks, and after sixteen weeks it was certified double platinum. Konvicted was able to stay in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 for 28 consecutive weeks, where it peaked at number two on four different occasions. On November 20, 2007, the RIAA has certified the Konvicted album triple platinum status with 3 million units sold in th United States. Currently it has sold more than 4 million worldwide.

On October 5, 2006, Akon broke a record on the Hot 100, as he achieved the largest climb in the chart's 48-year-history with "Smack That" jumping from number 95 to 7. The leap is fueled by its number six debut on Hot Digital Songs with 67,000 downloads. The record was broken on April 7, 2007 by Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" when it jumped from 94 to 3 on the Hot 100, because of their 150,000 digital downloads on the Hot Digital Songs.

In December 2006, Akon's "Smack That" was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, but lost to Justin Timberlake and T.I.'s "My Love".

Akon released his new album Freedom on December 2, which spawned three singles: "Right Now (Na Na Na)", "I'm So Paid" (featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy) and "Beautiful" (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Colby O'Donis). Akon is also confirmed to feature in Flo Rida's upcoming album with the song "Guarantee".

In 2006, Akon started his new record label Kon Live Distribution under Interscope Records. His first signed artist was Ray Lavender.

He was featured on Gwen Stefani's latest album, The Sweet Escape. He made an appearance on the title track and second single, "The Sweet Escape." Akon produced the song. On December 10, 2006, Akon and Stefani appeared as musical guests on Saturday Night Live, however they did not perform the song as Stefani had not yet learned the lyrics. He performed the song live, however, on American Idol on March 28, 2007 due to Gwen Stefani's appearance as a coach the night before. "The Sweet Escape" has reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Akon collaborated with Chamillionaire on his mixtape, Mixtape Messiah 2. He is featured on "Ridin' Overseas," which he also produced. The mixtape became available for download on Chamillionaire's website on December 24, 2006.

Akon and Young Jeezy are doing a collaborative album together. In 2006, after their 2005 Akon-produced single, "Soul Survivor," the duo said that there is a lot more to expect from them in the future.

Akon also appeared on Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's album Strength and Loyalty and Three 6 Mafia's eighth studio album, Last 2 Walk, We The Best by DJ Khaled, Fabolous's album, From Nothin' to Somethin', with 50 Cent on some tracks for Curtis, T.I.'s 5th album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., Mario's third solo album Go!, and produced for Daddy Yankee's El Cartel: The Big Boss which was released on June 5, 2007.

In November 2007, Akon recorded a remix of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with Michael Jackson. In February 2008, the remix was released on the Thriller 25 of Michael Jackson's Thriller. The remix was released as a single and charted in the top 10 in most countries. Akon has mentioned in various interviews that he is also working with Jackson on his upcoming studio album. In July 2008, a song was leaked on the internet, which is a duet of Michael Jackson and Akon. Entitled "Hold My Hand," the song features both artists singing together over a R&B/Hip-Hop style backing track, more similar to Akon's songs rather than Jackson's. It is not known whether it will be released as a single or as part of Akon's upcoming album or Jackson's rumoured new album. However it has already caused a comotion with websites such as Youtube; many videos have either been muted or deleted due to copyright issues with the song. There is also no official mention of the recording on either artist websites, and it is not included in the tracklist of Akon's upcoming album Freedom.

Akon holds the record for most guest performances on popular television show American Idol with two. He once sang "The Sweet Escape" with Gwen Stefani and three weeks later he sang "Don't Matter" on the show while it was number one on the Billboard charts.

Akon is also credited with producing the track entitled "Echo" on Latin Boy band Menudo's latest album, released in the spring of 2008.

Akon has recorded a song with E-40 titled "Wake It Up" for E-40's album, The Ball Street Journal. Akon experiments with the auto-tune effect in the song.

On July 7, 2007 Akon performed at the American leg of Live Earth.

Akon co-wrote and recorded "Put It on My Tab" with New Kids on the Block for their 2008 reunion album The Block.

From April to July 2007 Akon performed in The Sweet Escape Tour with Gwen Stefani. From July to September he embarked on his worldwide Konvicted Tour, and in September, he toured with Rihanna on the Canadian leg of her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour.

Akon will be making a guest appearance on singer Ciara's new album "Fantasy Ride" due out in early 2009.

Akon co-wrote and produced Leona Lewis' hit record Forgive Me, off her debut album Spirit.

Akon also recruits artists for his recording label. He signed Colby O'Donnis and produced What You Got and Beautiful. They are smash hits.

Akon has confirmed that a reality television show is in the works. It will be called "My Brother's Keeper" and the point is that Akon's two nearly identical brothers will go around in Atlanta posing as him fooling people into thinking that it is in fact Akon. They will try to get VIP treatment, girls and free things. Akon has claimed that people have mistaken his brothers for him many times in Atlanta which is what the show is based on.

On November 30, 2007, Akon entered the Big Brother house in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 as a guest so the housemates can meet him for only 100 seconds.

He also appeared on November 17, 2008 edition of WWE Raw, with Santino Marella citing him in his speech.

Michael Jackson has also been in the studio working on a comeback project. A duet titled "Hold My Hand" leaked to the internet.

In February 2007, Akon launched his clothing line, Konvict Clothing. It features urban streetwear including denim jeans, hoodies, t-shirts and hats. Aliaune is the upscale version, or high-end line, for males and females, which includes blazers, denim jeans and other items. Timothy Hodge appeared on MTV's Direct Effect along side Akon while promotioning the Konvict clothing line.

Akon has been rumored to have three wives, but recently has said to only have one. Akon nominally belongs to the Sunni sect of Islam. Both his parents are Muslim. Polygamy is illegal in the United States of America and in many Muslim countries. He claims to have five children with three different women in an interview with Blender.

He also has his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation. Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa and denies the existence of conflict diamonds (Otherwise casually referred to as 'blood diamonds'), saying, "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds. That's just a movie. Think about it. Ain't nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out." He also allegedly had a previous occupation as a drug dealer but has stated in interviews that he's never used drugs, though some of his lyrics would suggest otherwise. Despite his alleged criminal history, he proclaims that he has turned his life around.

In 2006, he traveled to Africa to play a concert in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

In one song from his album, "Sorry, Blame It On Me," Akon apologizes to the young girl for the incident at the club, though citing the club for admitting the girl because she was under 21 and her parents for letting her go out dressed like an adult. He also tells how Verizon dropped promoting him and Gwen's tour, and stopped sale of his ringtones. He also makes several other apologies to his children, wife, and mother as well. The song is available to listen to on Akon's MySpace page and was released onto iTunes (U.S.) on July 17, 2007.

Political commentators Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, and Bill O'Reilly criticized Akon for "degrading women." Malkin uploaded commentary about Akon to YouTube, using footage from music videos and the Trinidad concert, and Universal Music Group then forced its removal by issuing a DMCA takedown notice. The Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Malkin in contesting the removal as a misuse of copyright law, citing fair use. In May 2007, UMG rescinded its claim to the video, and the video returned to YouTube.

On June 3, 2007, at WSPK's KFEST concert at the Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York, a concert attendee threw an object towards Akon on stage. Akon asked the crowd to identify who threw the object and that he be brought on stage. Security staff grabbed the young man and took him up to the stage. Akon then pulled him up from the crowd and hoisted him across his shoulders. The singer then tossed the attendee back into the crowd from his shoulders. Video of the incident was reviewed by Fishkill police. Akon has claimed that the incident was staged and that he in fact used the act to set up for the next record. Charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, were filed, according to police Chief Donald F. Williams, and Akon was arraigned the two charges on December 3, 2007 in the town of Fishkill Court.

In December 2008, Akon pleaded guilty to the charge of harassment in the second degree; he was sentenced to 65 hours community service and $350 in fines.

The Smoking Gun reported in April 2008 that much of Akon's purported criminal and incarceration history has been dramatically embellished. In particular, Akon's claims to be part of an auto-theft ring and his claim to have spent three years in prison were challenged with court records and interviews with detectives involved in Akon's case.

Akon has only been convicted of a single felony, that of gun possession in 1998. He received 3 years probation after pleading guilty. He ended up spending several months in jail on remand following the theft of a BMW, but the charges against him were dropped.

According to The Smoking Gun's article, Akon was not convicted of any crime and did not serve any time in prison from 1999 to 2002 as previously claimed.

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Freedom (Akon album)

Freedom cover

Freedom is the third studio album by singer, Akon. The album was originally named Acquitted. It was released on December 2, 2008, and as a digital download on December 1.

It is the first album by Akon not to carry the Parental Advisory sticker, although there is still some profanity in the album.

Production on the album began in late 2007 and ended in late summer 2008. Originally the album was to be called Acquitted, but was later confirmed to be Freedom by Akon's label, Universal Music. In July, a leaked recording of Akon's duet with Michael Jackson titled "Hold My Hand" was released to the internet and at first showings of the song was supposedly taken out by Akon's music label. The song was originally posted as an Akon demo with only Akon performing the song. The leaked song was rumored to be featured on both his and Michael's own upcoming album. In an interview with MTV, Akon was hopeful to include the song on the album. However, on October 17, Akon's label released information on the tracklisting and the album does not feature the duet with Jackson.

The UK Bonus Track, "Clap Again" samples "Click Click Click" by New Kids on the Block.

The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, selling 110,000 copies its first week. It currently sold about 508,700 copies so far. And has reached Gold.

The first single released from the album, "Right Now (Na Na Na)," which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 was his 12th top 10 hit on the chart.

The second single is "I'm So Paid", featuring Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy. The single made a "Hot Shot Debut" at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and fell off the charts after a few weeks, but then re-entered and peaked at #22.

The album's third single, "Beautiful" debuted and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Beautiful" has been getting much radio airplay since it debuted on the Billboard 100.

The songs "Troublemaker" featuring Sweet Rush and "Keep You Much Longer" peaked at #97 and #123 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 based solely on iTunes downloads following the album's release without single releases. It us rumoured that "Birthmark" will be the foruth official single from the album followed by Troublemaker & We Don't Care.

The track listing is confirmed by Universal Music. Updated track listing and Production credits confirmed by Rap-Up from Universal Music.

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Beautiful (Akon song)

“Beautiful” cover

Akon posted a video on YouTube stating that he is shooting a video for the song and that he "wants the best music video" for the song. An official video was made in early January, with an MTV contest sending a winner to be in the video. Colby O'Donis, Kardinal Offishall, Tyrese and Sean Kingston will all make appearances. A.R. Rahman is also in the video.

The video was premiered on Yahoo! Music on February 24.

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List of awards and nominations received by Akon

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Akon (born Aliaune Thiam) is a Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer. Before his music career, Akon was a car thief. He was eventually convicted and sent to prison on a three-year term. While incarcerated, he wrote several songs which he would later compile together as his debut album. He has released three studio albums, all on The Universal Motown/Universal Republic Group record label: Trouble (2004), Konvicted (2006), and Freedom (2008). His first single, "Locked Up", peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004. Akon's most successful single is "Don't Matter", which peaked at number two on the Pop 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007.

Akon received four Grammy Award nominations in 2008, including Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "The Sweet Escape" with Gwen Stefani, Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Bartender" with T-Pain, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with "I Wanna Love You" with Snoop Dogg. The only award that Akon has received is Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist from the American Music Awards in 2007. Overall, Akon has received one award from twelve nominations.

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Akon has received five nominations.

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Akon has received four nominations.

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Source : Wikipedia