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Akon (born Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam), (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/), is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist. He is known as one of the most successful and versatile R&B singers of the 21st century. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album "Trouble". His second album, "Konvicted", earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single "Smack That". He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
November 12, 2010
A new Michael Jackson single, which features Akon, will be released on Monday (November 15). The track, entitled ‘Hold My Hand’, was first recorded in 2007 and leaked onto the internet in 2008 before it had been completed. Read more
April 22, 2010
Lady Gaga’s manager has revealed that the singer is continuing to write while performing on her Monster Ball world tour. Akon said the star had created some “crazy” tracks for the follow-up to her multi-million selling album, ‘The Fame Monster’. Read more
March 25, 2010
Akon has said he feels “disheartened” that an upcoming gig in Sri Lanka had to be postponed because the government refused to issue him a visa. Officials took the decision earlier this week after a group of Buddhist monks argued that the rapper's music was not suitable. Read more
March 24, 2010
Akon has been banned from performing in Sri Lanka after one of his music videos sparked angry protests in the country. The rapper was due to stage a sell-out concert next month, but a group of Buddhist monks lobbied the government calling for him to be denied a visa. Read more
October 26, 2009
Akon has revealed Michael Jackson was rarely satisfied with the music they created together. The US R&B star worked with the late singer on a series of new tracks that were scheduled for future release. Read more
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