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Akon in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Born (1973-04-16) April 16, 1973 (age 45)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Years active2003–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), better known as Akon, is a Senegalese-American R&B singer. He grew up in Senegal, but when he was 7 his family settled in New Jersey. His father, Mor Thiam was a successful jazz percussionist. Soon after moving back to the States, Akon discovered hip-hop for the first time. Akon has worked with a lot of other musicians.

Akon has been nominated for many awards including 5 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards winning 1 and 4 MTV Video Music Awards. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the 2000s.[1]

In 2009 Michael Jackson died. Akon had been friends with Jackson. Akon released a tribute song called "Cry Out Of Joy". In 2010 a song that Akon sung with Michael Jackson, "Hold My Hand", was released. It was also released on Michael.

Albums[change | change source]

Akon has released 4 studio albums:

Year Album
2004 Trouble
2006 Konvicted
2008 Freedom
2013 Stadium

References[change | change source]

  1. "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard.
  1. http://www.pandora.com/music/artist/akon
  2. http://www.akononline.com/default2.asp
  3. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Akon/Biography/

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