Akon is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of « Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination of the single « Smack That ». He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He is one of the most succesfull & versatile R&B singers of the last decade. Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 200 guest appearances and 32 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He is the first solo artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
Akon released his new album Freedom on December 2, which spawned four singles: « Right Now (Na Na Na) », « I’m So Paid » (featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy), « Beautiful » (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Colby O’Donis) and « We Don’t Care », We Don’t Care has failed to chart significantly in many countries, only reaching 61 in the UK and 91 in Australia so far. The album has reached gold status by selling over 600,000 units. After the unexpected death of The King Of Pop Michael Jackson, who Akon was working with in Jackson’s last years. Akon released a tribute song called « Cry Out Of Joy ». Akon & Michael Jackson were close friends near the end of Jackon’s life.
David Guetta collaborated with Akon in Sexy Bitch, a first house track by Akon, and has been a « summer anthem » across the globe. Reaching #1 in more than 5 countries, and charting at 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 , it is featured on Guetta’s One Love album. Akon is hoping to have a new album out by the first quater of 2010.