Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam popularly known by his stage name as Akon is a famous American singer, songwriter, businessman, record producer, actor and a philanthropist. He was born on 16th April 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America. He is currently 44 years old.
Akon is originally from Senegal in West Africa but was born and bred in St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America. Akon spent much of his childhood in the West African country of Senegal, which he describes as his “hometown”. Akon mother is a dancer while his father is a percussionist.
Akon learned to play instruments such as drums, guitar and djembe at a very tender age. At the age 7 years old, Akon moved with his family to Union City, New Jersey in United States of America.
While growing up in New Jersey, United States of America, Akon had difficulties getting along with other children. When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta, Georgia in United States of America.
Akon started his musical career professionally in 1994. In 2004 Akon rose to prominence following the release of his hit single “Locked Up” from his first debut studio album “Trouble”. After the success of his first studio album, Akon released his second debut studio album “Konvicted”. The album received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories which include Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Song Collaboration for his hit single “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You”.
Akon has since founded two successful record labels, which include Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
Akon has been listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the number one selling artiste for master ringtones in the world. Akon often provides vocals as a featured artiste and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs.
Akon has worked with numerous performers such as Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Houston, and Gwen Stefani. In the course of his career, Akon has had five Grammy Awards nominations and has produced songs for artistes such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain and Leona Lewis.
In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Akon as the 80th richest celebrity in America. In 2011, Forbes Magazine ranked Akon as the 5th richest celebrity in Africa. After which he was ranked by Billboard as Number 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.
Akon is currently one of the richest and most influential artiste in the United States of America with an estimated net worth of $80 million.
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