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Biography

Although he was born in St. Louis, Missouri, singer, songwriter, and producer Aliaune Thiam -- aka Akon -- grew up in Senegal before he and his family (including his father, jazz percussionist Mor Thiam) returned to the United States and settled in New Jersey when he was seven. There he discovered hip-hop for the first time, as well as crime. He was eventually jailed but he used the time -- a total of three years, he claimed -- to work on his musical ideas. Upon release, Akon began writing and recording tracks in a home studio. The tapes found their way to SRC/Universal, which eventually released Trouble, Akon's debut LP, in June 2004. The album was an interesting hybrid of Akon's silky vocals with East Coast- and Southern-styled beats. The success of the song "Locked Up," a Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hit, made Akon a star and desired collaborator. After appearing on Young Jeezy's "Soul Survivor," his number of guest appearances seemed to multiply each month. Konvicted, his second album, was released in November 2006. Soon enough, two of the album's singles, "I Wanna Love You" and "Smack That," made their way to the upper regions of the Billboard charts. A significant stylistic shift occurred with Freedom, his third album. The December 2008 release avoided the rugged hip-hop/R&B hybrid of his earlier work and courted a broader audience with a dance-oriented Euro-pop sound. Despite the bold change, the album repeated Konvicted's chart success by peaking within the Top Ten of the Billboard 200; "Right Now (Na Na Na)," its most successful single, reached the Top Ten of the Hot 100. Akon slowed his own output but subsequently collaborated with dozens of artists, including David Guetta (the world-wide smash "Sexy Bitch," 2009), Artists for Haiti ("We Are the World 25 for Haiti," 2010), parodists the Lonely Island ("I Just Had Sex," 2010), and close friend Michael Jackson ("Hold My Hand," 2010). A fourth album, Stadium -- originally planned for a 2010 release -- was delayed several times. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Right Now (Na Na Na)
  3.   Beautiful featuring Colby O'Donis
  4.   I Wanna Love You
  5.   Don't Matter
  6.   Smack That
  7.   I'm So Paid
  8.   Locked Up by Akiko
  9.   Angel
  10.   Lonely
  11.   Baby I'm Back by Baby Bash
  12.   Shake Down
  13.   Good Girls Lie
  14.   Sunny Day by Wyclef Jean
  15.   Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008
  16.   Sexy Ladies (feat. Don Omar)
  17.   Sorry, Blame It on Me by Akiko
  18.   Akon - Beautiful
  19.   Senegal
  20.   Chammak Challo
  21.   Ghetto
  22.   Bananza (Belly Dancer) by Akiko
  23.   Locked Up
  24.   I Was Born This Way
  25.   Real Niggas
  26.   Mama Africa
  27.   Gangsta Bop
  28.   Pot of Gold
  29.   Belly Dancer (Bananza)
  30.   Troublemaker by Sweet Rush
  31.   Freedom
  32.   Against the Grain by Ray Lavender
  33.   Bananza (Belly Dancer)
  34.   Want Some by DJ Chose
  35.   Put It on Me
  36.   Hurt Somebody by French Montana
  37.   Trouble Nobody
  38.   Boo Thang
  39.   Blown Away
  40.   The Rain
  41.   Kill the Dance (Got Something for Ya)
  42.   Yey'
  43.   Ride Daddy
  44.   Gangsta featuring Akiko
  45.   Dream Warriors by Harlee
  46.   We On
  47.   Keep Up
  48.   Aint Sayin Nothin
  49.   Be with You
  50.   We Don't Care
  51.   I Can't Wait
  52.   Show Out
  53.   Samn Damn Time by Future
  54.   Survivor
  55.   Weekend by Usher
  56.   Be More Careful
  57.   Sucker for Love
  58.   Do It
  59.   Same Damn Time
  60.   Beautiful by Kardinall Offishall
  61.   Oh Africa
  62.   Keep You Much Longer
  63.   Grady Babyz - Yey'
  64.   Never Gonna Get It
  65.   Keep on Callin'
  66.   Don't Let Up
  67.   Gangsta
  68.   Salute 100 Y'all by Fabolous
  69.   Call da Police by Busta Rhymes
  70.   Conspiracy
  71.   Honey I'm Home by 2 Chainz
  72.   Used to Know featuring Black Frost
  73.   Ilove
  74.   Call Da Police
  75.   Be More Careful
  76.   Long Gone
  77.   Story of My Life
  78.   Lock Down
  79.   Hustle Hard Freestyle
  80.   Top Chef
  81.   Ball Fa Eva
  82.   Whoa
  83.   Time Is Money
  84.   Death Row
  85.   Cashin Out
  86.   Street Life by Big Caz
  87.   Give It To 'Em by Rick Ross
  88.   Over the Edge
  89.   Rush
  90.   Never Took the Time
  91.   Tired of Runnin'
  92.   Once in a While
  93.   I Won't
  94.   Easy Road
  95.   Journey
  96.   When the Time's Right
  97.   Holla Holla by T-Pain
  98.   Street Life
  99.   Slow Motion by Money J
  100.   Call Da Police featuring Busta Rhymes
  101.   Miss Melody w/o (Skit) by Miri Ben-Ari
  102.   Free to Be
  103.   Make It in the City
  104.   Still a Survivor
  105.   Searchin for Love
  106.   So High
  107.   Time or Money
  108.   Blowing
  109.   Get By
  110.   Throw Dat D
  111.   Cashn' Out Akon Remix
  112.   I'm Home
  113.   Concrete Too Cold
  114.   Intro
  115.   Give It to Em
  116.   Birthmark
  117.   Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim)
  118.   Self Made featuring French Montana
  119.   So Blue
  120.   We on It by Yo Gotti
  121.   Salute featuring Fabolous
  122.   Khalice
  123.   Wakanda
  124.   Low Key
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