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Akon performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
Born (1977-04-16) April 16, 1977 (age 42)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
GenresHip hop, R&B
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer
Years active2000–present
LabelsUniversal, Akonik, SRC, Konvict Muzik, UpFront
Associated actsBone Thugs-n-Harmony, Kardinal Offishall, Lady GaGa, Colby O'Donis, T-Pain, 50 Cent, Eminem, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Young Jeezy

Aliaune Thiam (born April 16, 1977),[1] better known by his stage name Akon (pronounced /ˈkɒn/)[2], is a American hip hop singer-songwriter, and record producer, of Senegalese origin. 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 for the single "Smack That." He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.

Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 155 guest appearances and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He is the first solo artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.[3]

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