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Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), known mononymously as Akon (), is a Senegalese-American singer, rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. An influential figure in modern world music, he rose to prominence in 2004, following the release of his debut single "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) and its follow up, "Lonely". Styled in hip hop and R&B respectively, both songs would precede the release of Akon's debut studio album Trouble (2004), which was met with critical and commercial success.
His second album, Konvicted (2006) reached continued success as it received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album, while its lead singles: "I Wanna Love You" (featuring Snoop Dogg) and "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) received respective nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Both songs would also peak at number one and number two respectively on the Billboard Hot 100, likewise with his singles released the following year: "Don't Matter" and his guest performance on Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape"; making Akon the first solo artist to simultaneously hold the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. His third studio album, Freedom (2008) was supported by the Hot 100 top-ten lead single "Right Now (Na Na Na)". His fourth album, El Negreeto (2019) explored reggaeton and Latin music.
Along with his solo career, Akon would provide guest performances on 23 Billboard Hot 100 entries for other artists; such activity would result in two additional Grammy Award nominations. Akon has founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution, which would sign a number of successful acts including Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinal Offishall, Jeffree Star, and French Montana, among others. In addition, he sports a concurrent career in producing and songwriting records mainly for artists on his labels, but also for other mainstream artists including Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Whitney Houston, Mario, and Estelle, among others.
Akon has since been prolific in charitable and philanthropic endeavors. He launched the non-profit Akon Lighting Africa in 2014, and began development on his own city in Senegal, scheduled to open to the public in 2026. Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 and 5th in the 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. He was listed by Guinness World Records as the number-one selling artist for master ringtones in the world, with 11 million sold by December 2007.