Akon

It only took music artist Akon a few years to leap from total obscurity to certified platinum status. The hip hop singer, songwriter, and producer broke out in the years surrounding the inception of his relationship ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

American Heist 2015 (Movie)

Sugar (Actor)

Black November 2015 (Movie)

Opuwei (Actor)

The 2013 American Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hit the Floor 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Performer

The 2012 Miss USA Pageant 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Control Room Presents 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dance on Sunset 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Presenter

What Perez Sez 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Idol 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Europe Music Video Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

American Top 40 Live 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (15)

American Heist 2015 (Movie)

Original Music Tracks (Original Music)

American Heist 2015 (Movie)

("On Some Bullshit") (Song)

American Heist 2015 (Movie)

("On Some Bullshit") (Song Performer)

Ra.One 2011 (Movie)

("Chamak Challo") (Song Performer)

Fired Up! 2009 (Movie)

("Bananza (Belly Dancer)") (Song Performer)

Jennifer's Body 2009 (Movie)

("I Wanna Love You") (Song Performer)

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

World Music Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Make it Happen 2007 (Movie)

("Just Dance") (Song)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("Never Gonna Get It") (Song Performer)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

("Big Dog") (Song)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

("Big Dog") (Song Performer)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

("Locked Up") (Song)

The Honeymooners 2005 (Movie)

("Baby, I'm Back") (Song Performer)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Performer
Producer (1)

American Heist 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

It only took music artist Akon a few years to leap from total obscurity to certified platinum status. The hip hop singer, songwriter, and producer broke out in the years surrounding the inception of his relationship with SRC Records, going on to release popular and acclaimed albums <i>Trouble</i> (2004), <i>Konvicted</i> (2006), and <i>Freedom</i>. Working with famous artists including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, musical parodists The Lonely Island and Gwen Stefani, among others, Akon affixed himself to the center of the hip hop scene, becoming one of the most popular artists of his era. Akon was born Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri. Akon spent most of his childhood in Dakar, Senegal, the native country of his father, jazz musician Mor Thiam; Akon's mother, Kine Gueye Thiam, was a dancer. At age seven, Akon moved with his family to New Jersey. Upon reaching high school, he remained in the state with his brother while his parents relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after turning 30, Akon began to find success as a music artist. His first album, <i>Trouble</i> (2004), begat the single "Lonely" and prompted-via the popularity of "Locked Up"-a record deal with SRC Records. Critical success would accompany Akon's next album, <i>Konvicted</i> (2006). The album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album; featured songs "Smack That" (which boasted a guest appearance by artist Eminem) and "I Wanna F--k You," otherwise known as "I Wanna Love You" (which included a verse by Snoop Dogg), earned nominations in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category. Akon then expanded his creative reach beyond singing and songwriting. He produced Gwen Stefani's album <i>The Sweet Escape</i> (2006), and launched his own clothing line under the label Konvict Clothing. While Akon's following album, <i>Freedom</i> (2009), did not receive the same awards attention as <i>Konvicted</i>, it spawned four successful singles-"Beautiful," "I'm So Paid," "Right Now (Na Na Na)," and "We Don't Care"-and sold over a million copies to reach the United States' certified platinum status. Following the release of <i>Freedom</i>, Akon released and collaborated on a number of singles. Among his notable releases were "Angel" and "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti" in 2010; the latter was written and produced as a charity single to benefit victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Around this time, Akon incepted an acting career, making his big screen debut in the internationally conscious drama "Black November" (2012). As he continued to release singles, such the 2013 collaboration with Wiz Khalifa titled "Dirty Work," Akon also amounted more acting gigs, including a roles in the thriller parody "Tooken" (2015) and the crime drama "American Heist" (2015).

Milestones

2012

Made his big screen acting debut in the film "Black November."

2006

Produced the Gwen Stefani album <i>The Sweet Escape</i>.

2004

Made his album debut with <i>Trouble</i>.

Bonus Trivia

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Spent most of his childhood moving back and forth between New Jersey and Senegal. When he reached high school age, he remained in New Jersey with his brother while his parents moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

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Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the worldwide top selling artist for master ringtones.

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In 2007, he became the first artist to ever hold the top two spots on Billboard's Hot 100 list twice. The first instance was in 2006, when his songs "I Wanna Love You" and "Smack That" ranked at the first and second place spots respectively. The second instance was the very next year, when "Don't Matter" and "The Sweet Escape" ranked first and second respectively.

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Sang the hook on The Lonely Island's single "I Just Had Sex" and appeared in its video, which premiered as a Digital Short on "Saturday Night Live."

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