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Top 10 Facts - Akon
10.30.2015
Fact #1

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), is an American rapper, songwriter, businessman, and record producer.

Fact #2

Akon increased his exposure further by collaborating with overseas artists, including New Zealand's rapper Savage

Fact #3

Akon's solo debut album, Trouble was released on lune Z9, Z004. 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 D] Green Lantern to include verses from rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.l.G.

Fact #4

In 2005, he released the single "Lonely" (which samples Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely"). The song reached the top ?ve on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Australia, the UK and Germany. His album also climbed to number one in the UK in April

Fact #5

Akon started his new record label Kon Live Distribution under lnterscope Records. His second album, Konvicted was released in 2006 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies in its 1st week. After only six weeks, Konvicted

Fact #6

"l Wanna Love You", (featuring Snoop Dogg) was the second single released in September, it would go on to earn Akon his 1st number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and Snoop's second. "l Wanna Love You" topped the U.S. charts for two consecutive weeks.

Fact #7

He produced and featured on Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" which has reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Akon performed at the American leg of Live Earth. He later recorded a remix of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin"' by Michael lackson for the 25th anniversary rerelease of lackson's Thriller.

Fact #8

Akon released his new album Freedom on December 2, which spawned four singles: "Right Now (Na Na Na)", "l'm So Paid"

Fact #9

A single, "Angel", produced by French producer David Guetta, was released in September 2010. Akon performed the song during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Fact #10

The album included collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Styles P. The 1st single "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) was

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