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Famous as :

R&B singer

Birth Name :

Aliaune Damala Dakha Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam

Birth Date :

April 30, 1973

Birth Place :

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Spouse :


Claim to fame :

Debut album "Trouble" (2004)


Aliaune Damala Dakha Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, often going by the shorter Aliaune Thiam, is best known by his fans simply as Akon. Born on April 30, 1973 to legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam whose expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has been touted as "unrivaled," he was grateful for his family musical background that later on did helpful in paving the way for him to embark on a musical career and gain success in the industry, making him one of the icons in the 21st century. Born in St. Louis, Akon grew up in Senegal before he and his family returned to the United States and settled in New Jersey when he was seven. While in Jersey City, he discovered hip-hop for the first time by the time he started hanging around with local thugs crowd. Initially attended Snyder High School, the boy did everything against the school regulation and was kicked out after busted for selling guns, bullet and test questions for every test. He later on attended the Bayonne High School though. Hanging with the group, Akon also became popular for his bravery in fighting and was jailed for armed robbery and drug distribution charges. In between time, he used his time to begin writing his own songs.

Being brought up in an environment that treasures the true artistic value of musicianship and revels in the mastering of instrumental skill, it was Akon's deep rooted love and passion for music that later on encouraged him to record tracks in a home studio upon being freed from behind bars. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal which eventually released Akon's debut LP "Trouble" in June 2004. It was this set that catapulted him to international stardom, thanks to the hit single "Locked Up," written based on his experience of serving a three-year jail sentence for grand theft auto, that brought him a Sixshot Award for Best Single of 2004, shared with rapper Styles P. The other hit singles spawned by the album include "Lonely," which was actually Bobby Vinton's old track entitled "Mr. Lonely," that successfully topped the UK charts in 2005, "Belly Dancer (Bananza)," "Pot Of Gold," and "Ghetto". "TROUBLE evolved from the struggles I went through and what I did and am still doing to correct those things," Akon said about his debut album.

Latest News

Akon Crowd-Surfs in Giant Bubble at African Concert Reportedly to Avoid Contracting Ebola

October 04, 2014 05:12:38 GMT

recently flew to Africa to play a concert at the International Day of Peace in Goma, a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. During the show, the R&B superstar donned a giant transparent bubble while crowd-surfing over 60,000 fans.

Scarface Teams Up With Akon for New Track 'The Exit Plan'

July 11, 2014 08:13:59 GMT

is back. A few months after announcing his new album, he treated fans with the upoming project's first offering. Called "The Exit Plan", the dark and sinister track was produced by Cardiak and features singer on the hook.

Akon Sued for Allegedly Injuring a Concert Staff

February 26, 2013 08:54:46 GMT

's dive at the Alabama's BayFest music festival in 2009 allegedly caused permanent injuries to a concert staff, Matthew Graham. The man said that the singer landed on top of him and caused permanent knee, head, and back injury. Graham brought both Akon and BayFest, Inc. to the court. He demanded unspecified compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, as well as physical pain.

Video Premiere: Wonder Girls' 'Like Money' Ft. Akon

July 10, 2012 04:31:28 GMT

K-pop sensation are back with a new single "Like Money" featuring on the hook. Three teasers for its music video were released in the past week and now a full length video for the track, which is set to be released on July 10, has been revealed.

Hip-Hop Mogul Jimmy Henchman Found Guilty of Running Drug Ring

June 06, 2012 06:35:54 GMT

James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, who was once a big-time music mogul, is convicted of 13 counts, including cocaine distribution, conspiracy, money laundering, firearms possession and witness tampering. The CEO of Czar Entertainment, who managed , , and , will be sentenced at a later date.

Akon Channels His Inner Street Fighter in 'Hurt Somebody' Video

May 02, 2012 04:45:44 GMT

enters an underground street fight in a music video supporting his song "Hurt Somebody". He's fighting his opponent in a cage made of chain-link fence, while his featured guest witnesses the boxing match from audience row.

Akon: Jessica Sanchez Is Overqualified for 'American Idol'

April 28, 2012 03:38:03 GMT

thinks 's singing skill is beyond the standard of "". Having shown his interest to sign the 16-year-old contestant when he served as a guest mentor on the reality series, the R&B artist told E! News at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, "She's beyond the talent that's supposed to be there."

Alec Baldwin Keeps It Cool by Congratulating 2011 Emmy Winners

September 19, 2011 08:25:32 GMT

keeps it civil although he has made it clear that FOX's decision to remove his joke from the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards was not cool. Right after the show was over, the "" star took to his Twitter to congratulate his lucky fellow TV stars who brought home prizes that night.

Video: Lonely Island, Michael Bolton, Akon Perform at Emmys 2011

September 19, 2011 08:15:05 GMT

was one of the musical guests at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 18. The "" comedy troupe comprising of , Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone delivered a star-studded performance for their set during the prize-giving event.

Pics: Selena Gomez Stuns in Blue at Perez Hilton's Birthday Party

March 28, 2011 03:24:09 GMT

Disney beauty turned heads when coming to celebrate Perez Hilton's 33rd birthday on Saturday night, March 26. Taking the Blue Ball Birthday Bash to another level, the "" actress was hardly recognized as she dressed herself from head to toe in blue.

'Wimpy Kid' Sequel Rules Box Office

March 28, 2011 03:23:29 GMT

"" tops North American Box Office this weekend. The comedy film grosses $23.7 million in ticket sales, and earns an A- grade from CinemaScore, while younger viewers give it an A. Nearly 60% of the audience are under the age of 18.

Pregnant Mariah Carey Tweets About False Alarm on Birthday

March 28, 2011 02:26:14 GMT

came close to welcoming her twins on her birthday. The pop diva, who is expecting her first children with husband , turned 42 on Sunday, March 27, and in the early hours of the big day, she turned to Twitter to update her fans about the false alarm she had just experienced.

The Lonely Island 'Just Had Sex' With Akon at Comedy Awards

March 28, 2011 02:11:58 GMT

finally had the chance to perform one of their "" digital shorts live. The rapping group comprised of and Jorma Taccone appeared at the first ever Comedy Awards on Saturday, March 26 together with to perform "I Just Had Sex".

Akon Sues Former Booking Agent for Trademark Infringement

March 05, 2011 06:51:09 GMT

R&B star is suing his former booking agent for breach of contract and trademark infringement. The singer/producer and bosses at his Kon Live Touring, Inc. company filed a complaint against American Talent Agency, Inc. on Thursday, March 3 in New York.

Video Premiere: Dr. Dre's 'Kush' Ft. Akon and Snoop Dogg

December 11, 2010 02:40:57 GMT

puts the world to a stop once he steps in "Kush" music video with his featured guests and . All the ladies and other people in the room freeze in statue-like positions, but come to life once the water rains down from the sprinklers when Dre lits his lighter.

Four Minutes Sneak Peek of 'Perfect Couples'

December 09, 2010 08:30:23 GMT

NBC has prepared a lengthy preview of "" which stars , Hayes MacArthur, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis among others. Over four minutes, the sneak peek begins with how the women in the three couples take up the space in bed and how different the men handle the situation.

Official Video Premiere: Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' Ft. Akon

December 09, 2010 08:08:09 GMT

A music video for 's first official posthumous single "Hold My Hand" has finally arrived in full. Featuring , it is filled with images of people celebrating the legacy of the late King of Pop. Inserted among the tribute is old footage of Michael during the past years.

Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' Video Ft. Akon Gets Sneak Peek

December 06, 2010 02:31:34 GMT

Music video in support of 's first posthumous single "Hold My Hand" has got a short snippet. It features old footage of the late King of Pop on and off stage as well as new footage featuring people around the world who are inspired by him.

Video Premiere: Flo Rida's 'Who Dat Girl' Ft. Akon

December 03, 2010 03:29:25 GMT

's "Who Dat Girl" music video which features has made its round. The rapper is checking out his laptop when his friend accidentally spills some alcohol on it, and to their surprise a beautiful girl comes to life from the screen.

Akon Answers will.i.am's Criticism Over Michael Jackson's Posthumous Album

November 17, 2010 03:11:16 GMT

R&B star has hit back at 's criticism of the posthumous album - he's convinced the upcoming record is keeping the King of Pop's "legacy alive". The "Smack That" hitmaker's collaboration with Jackson, "Hold My Hand", has been unveiled as the first single from Michael, which is set to hit shelves in December.

Michael Jackson's First Official Single 'Hold My Hand' Ft. Akon Debuted

November 15, 2010 07:02:13 GMT

's song "", which was recorded in 2007 but leaked in its unfinished state a year later, has finally been unleashed in its final version. A duet with , it is listed in Michael's upcoming self-titled album and serves as the first official single.

Akon Sets Up School in Senegal

November 10, 2010 04:22:01 GMT

R&B superstar has poured the profits from his live shows into funding a new school in Senegal. The singer, who was born in the U.S. and raised in Senegal, has used his own money to open an educational facility in the country though his Konfidence Foundation charity, which he set up to create a better future for African children.

Akon Banned From Performing in Australia

October 28, 2010 02:59:47 GMT

R&B star has been banned from performing at a gig in Melbourne, Australia after his 2009 concert in the city was marred by violence. The singer was due to play at the Summerbeatz festival at Rod Laver Arena on November 25, but bosses at the venue have forbidden the star from going ahead with the show following last year's gig brawl.

Akon: Justin Bieber Is My Son

September 16, 2010 07:23:36 GMT

R&B star has made a shocking confession - is his son! The "I Wanna Love You" hitmaker was pranked by Bieber this summer after the teen pop sensation got hold of his private cellphone number and started calling and insisting Akon was his dad.

Akon Facing Legal Action Over Canceled Concert

August 27, 2010 02:58:07 GMT

is facing legal action after allegedly failing to perform a concert in Belgium last year. Bosses at promotion agency Lofraco Belgium claim the R&B singer was due to play a show in October but pulled out eight days ahead of the gig, citing "scheduling conflicts".

Britney Spears Collaborates With Akon in New Album

June 24, 2010 06:22:34 GMT

is going to hook up with for one of the new materials in her upcoming seventh studio album. Confirming that matter is a reggae artist Predator Dub Assassins who wrote on Twitter, "Co -Writing on a track for Britney Spears ft Akon. WTF ?! What is gonna happen next?"

Video Premiere: Selena Gomez's 'Round and Round'

June 21, 2010 01:36:06 GMT

's music video in support of her new single "Round and Round" has hit the web. Featuring her backing band The Scene, it follows the "" star as she goes around Budapest and tries to escape from a mysterious man.

Exclusive Interview: Kat DeLuna on 'Inside Out' and Working With Akon and Lil Wayne

June 19, 2010 07:46:13 GMT

shot to stardom when she was just 19 with dance track "Whine Up". She traveled in the United States and across the pond to perform live for her devotees ever since and now she is ready to storm the chart again with another catchy, party-vibe single. It's titled "Push Push" and allows fans to have some fun on the dance floor. The music video was premiered in summer, just in time when people go out in bikini and shorts.

Kat DeLuna's 'Push Push' Music Video Feat. Akon

June 16, 2010 07:42:03 GMT

treats her devotees with a "Push Push" music video which features . "Concept is basically having people look at me through a kaleidoscope as I show a more mature, fun side of me," she exclusively told AceShowbiz.

New Poster and Clip for 'Twilight Saga's Eclipse' Emerge

May 19, 2010 09:09:57 GMT

Summit Entertainment keeps teasing fans by debuting more sneak peeks for "". The studio has unleashed a brand new official poster as well as a clip which is presented on "".

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