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Akon

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 B**ch," 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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Freedom

1. Right Now (Na Na Na)

2. Beautiful

3. Keep You Much Longer

4. Troublemaker

5. We Don't Care

6. I'm So Paid

7. Holla Holla

8. Against The Grain

9. Be With You

10. Sunny Day

11. Birthmark

12. Over The Edge

13. Freedom

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Track List: Konvicted (Explicit)

1. Shake Down

2. Blown Away

3. Smack That

4. I Wanna Love You

5. The Rain

6. Never Took The Time

7. Mama Africa

8. I Can't Wait

9. Gangsta Bop

10. Tired Of Runnin'

11. Once In A While

12. Don't Matter

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Track List: Konvicted [Edited Version]

1. Shake Down

2. Blown Away

3. Smack That

4. I Wanna Love You

5. The Rain

6. Never Took The Time

7. Mama Africa

8. I Can't Wait

9. Gangsta Bop

10. Tired Of Runnin'

11. Once In A While

12. Don't Matter

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Track List: Trouble

Disc 1

1. Locked Up

2. Trouble Nobody

3. Belly Dancer (Bananza)

4. Gangsta

5. Ghetto

6. Pot Of Gold

7. Show Out

8. Lonely

9. When the Time's Right

10. Journey

11. Don't Let Up

12. Easy Road

13. Locked Up (Remix) (feat. Styles P)

Disc 2

1. Belly Dancer (Bananza) (Remix feat. Kardinal Offishal)

2. Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim)

3. Senegal

4. Keep on Callin' (feat. P-Money)

5. Never Gonna Get It (feat. Sean Biggs & Topic)

6. Miss Melody (feat. Miri Ben-Ari)

7. Kill the Dance (Got Something for Ya) (feat. Kardinal Offishal)

8. Find Us (In the Back of the Club) (feat. The Beatnuts)

9. Baby I'm Back (feat. Baby Bash)

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Track List: Trouble (Explicit)

1. Locked Up

2. Trouble Nobody

3. Bananza (Belly Dancer)

4. Gangsta

5. Ghetto

6. Pot Of Gold

7. Show Out

8. Lonely

9. When The Time's Right

10. Journey

11. Don't Let Up

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Track List: Angel (Radio Single)

1. Angel

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Track List: Beautiful (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix) (Single)

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Track List: Beautiful (Radio Single)

1. Beautiful

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Track List: Chammak Challo (Single)

1. Chammak Challo

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Track List: Good Girls Lie (Single)

1. Good Girls Lie

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Track List: Good Girls Lie (Single) (Explicit)

1. Good Girls Lie

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Track List: Holla Holla (Radio Single)

1. Holla Holla

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Track List: Hurt Somebody (Single)

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Track List: Hypnotized (Single)

1. Hypnotized

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Track List: I Wanna Love You (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: I'm So Paid (Radio Single) (Explicit)

1. I'm So Paid

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Track List: Keep You Much Longer (Radio Single)

1. Keep You Much Longer

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Track List: Oh Africa (Rado Single)

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Track List: Right Now (Na Na Na) (Radio Single)

1. Right Now (Na Na Na)

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Track List: So Blue (Single)

1. So Blue

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Track List: Sorry, Blame It On Me (Radio Single)

1. Sorry, Blame It On Me

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Track List: Want Some (Single)

1. Want Some (Feat. DJ Chose)

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Track List: Want Some (Single) (Explicit)

1. Want Some (Feat. DJ Chose)

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Right Now (Na Na Na )
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Baby I'm Back
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I love your songs so very much I love them a lot
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I love your song walk it out I always dance to it, it's so catchy.�����
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Contact 505-506-9984
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Akon I love your songs
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What up
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Akon
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WHAT UP AKON I LOVE EVERY SONG THAT YOU MADE BUT LIKE WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE MORE MUSIC HAVE A NICE DAY AKON IGHT
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AKON
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I can't believe you Akon you ruin every song you ruined Ryan and macklemore's hit song called thrift shop I f**king hate you Akon you suck
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All this superstition comments are bulls*** all of you lame a** people need a damn life and stop actin like f**king little kids
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Say iPhone 5 times post this on 2 other songs look under your pillow there will be a pink or yellow iPhone
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minuets when your done press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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I love you so so so so much
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im sans and papyrus is outside and im outside
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But chara killed me and i got fixed now and i killed chara and now im strong
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im sans no one can kill me
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy it actually works.
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I had my girlfriend at 7 lost her at 9
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You wish you had my a**, shianne out.
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This song, always brings memories . Love it!
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Cool Song
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What happened to you
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I love this song
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Right Now (Na Na Na)
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1.say iPhone 5 times2.pick a color3.post this on 2 other stations4.lo o k under your pillow
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Don't Matter
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Say iPhone 5 times
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Look under your pillow there will be a pink or yellow iPhone
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Wish I could live off this song
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This song is about i and joe
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Akon!!!
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To keepin it real with song
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Right Now (Na Na Na)
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Beautiful
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I love Akon he's my favorite artist! ����
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Im Mr lonely lol
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