Focus on Akon.

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973) is an American rapper, songwriter, businessman, and record producer. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. His second album, Konvicted received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You”. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number
one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon has had four songs certified as 3x platinum, three songs certified as 2x
platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1x
platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold
in digital sales. Akon has sung songs in other
languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records
as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the
world. Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest
appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has worked with numerous performers
such as Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Houston, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Gwen Stefani. He has had five Grammy Awards nominations and has produced songs for artists
such as Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis, Kardinal Offishall, Leona Lewis, and T-Pain. Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 and 5th in 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list, in 2011. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.

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