AKON‘s birth name: Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, is a huge name for a huge success story. Akon is a Senegalese American R&B (his father is from Senegal, where Akon lived at times) songwriter and recording artist.

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Akon earned $21 million in 2010, according to Forbes. He came to fame in 2004, after releasing “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. His next album, Konvicted, brought Akon a Grammy Award nomination for his hit single “Smack That”. He has founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.

Akon often sings catchy parts (hooks) for other artists as well. He has worked with many performers such as Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Quincy Jones, Eminem and Whitney Houston. He is the first solo artist to have both the number one and two spots concurrently, on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

Akon has produced many hits for famous artists namely Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, and Colby O’Donis.

Birth Name: Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
Born: April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, MO

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