American Singer


Akon is the stage name of Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, a Senegalese-American musician, record producer, and entrepreneur.

Akon | Early Life, Family, and Education

Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born to a Muslim household on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother, Kine Gueye Thiam, is a dancer, and his father, Mor Thiam, plays percussion. Akon spent a major portion of his early life in Senegal.

In his early years, Akon learned to play five instruments, including the drums, guitar, and djembe. Akon’s family relocated to New Jersey when he was seven years old. His parents left him and his older brother in Jersey City when they were in high school.

In Jersey City, He went to William L. Dickinson High School.

Akon | career

Early career

After releasing Locked Up, the most well-known track from his 2004 album Trouble, Akon rose to stardom as a musician. When DJ Green Lantern remixed the “Ghetto” track from his album Trouble and included lines from the rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., which became a radio hit.

He released the single “Lonely” in 2005. The song topped the charts in Australia, the UK, and Germany, in addition to reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. Akon then appeared on two more singles, P-Money’s “keep on Callin” and another with New Zealand rapper Savage on “Moonshine,” which was popular in both Australia and New Zealand.

Career Breakthrough

Akon established his own music distribution business, KonLive Distribution, under Interscope Records. In November 2006, he released Konvicted, his second album, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Konvicted sold more than one million copies in the United States in just six weeks.

Snoop Dogg‘s “I Wanna Love You,” “Don’t Matter,” and “Mama Africa,” which were released as European singles, all reached the top of the charts and were listed in the Billboard Hot 100.

On Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape,” which achieved the Billboard Hot 100’s No. 2 peak, he both produced and performed. For the 25th anniversary rerelease of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, he later created a remix of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”.

Akon’s third album, “Freedom,” was released in 2008. Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne, who worked with Akon on the song “I’m So Paid,” were two of the many musicians who contributed to the album. In addition, He co-wrote “Just Dance,” a popular song by Lady Gaga for Kon Live that was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

After Third Album

Akon released the song “Cry Out of Joy” as a tribute to Michael Jackson after the untimely death of the artist he was working with.

Akon put a lot of effort into writing and recording music. On the New Kids’ reunion album, “The Block,” he collaborated with them. He worked with Leona Lewis on her single “Forgive Me” and Whitney Houston on her album “I Look to You”. After that, his contributions to the popular songs “Sexy Bitch” by David Guetta and “Shut it Down” by Pitbull both reached the top spot in six different nations.

After signing a new record deal with Atlantic Records, he released the singles “Want Some,” “Hypnotized,” and “Good Girls Lie” in late 2015 and early 2016. He released the mixtape Konvict Kartel Vol. 2 in late 2017 in collaboration with other Konvict signees. In September 2019, ‘Como No,’ an album featuring the Mexican-American singer Becky G, was published following the release of the album “El Negreeto”.

Akon | Business

Akon debuted the Konvict Clothing brand in February 2007. There are hoodies, t-shirts, and caps as well as urban streetwear including pants and hats made of denim. For men and women, the high-end company Aliaune offers blazers, denim jeans, and other goods in its upmarket edition or catalog.

The musician has disclosed his intentions to collaborate with the Senegalese government in order to develop one of Senegal’s largest cities. His cryptocurrency, “Akoin,” which he owns, would be used for the city’s cashless transactions, and it would be called Akon City.

Akon | Awards and Achievement

Akon has won the Top Artist Billboard Award, Favorite Male Artist American Music Award, BET Global Good Award, and Best Video MTV Europe Music Award in addition to five World Music Awards. Furthermore, He has received five Grammy nominations.

Moreover, he has won more than 30 awards and about 95 nominations.

He has received four songs with a triple platinum certification from the RIAA, three with double platinum certification, more than ten with one platinum certification, and more than ten with a gold certification. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Akon presently holds the record for the most songs ever used as ringtones.

Akon | Net worth and Career Earnings

As on December 2022, Akon has a net worth of $60 million. Album sales, touring, songwriting, and record production are just a few of the music-related activities that have contributed significantly to his wealth.

The period from 2009 to 2012 is recognized as Akon’s most successful solo artist.

Akon | Real state and Cars

Akon is the owner of a magnificent estate in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. The house, which is 8,697 square feet in size and sits on 4.6 acres of land, cost him $1,650,000.

Additionally, Akon have paid $2.685 million in February 2007 for an opulent mansion in Atlanta.

He owns a stunning Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, a white customized Porsche Panamera, a customized Ferraro 458 Italia that is one of his favorite cars, and yet another marvel car, the DartzPrombronSUV.

Akon | Body Measurement

Akon weighs 78 kg and stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has beautiful brown eyes and natural black hair. Akon’s body measurements are reportedly 42-32-15 inches, chest, waist, and biceps respectively. His shoes are either size 10 (US) or 11. (UK).

Akon | Social Media

Instagram: 7.9M Followers

Facebook: 53M Followers

Twitter: 6.1M Followers

YouTube: 12.2M Followers

Akon | Controversies and Legal Issues

Akon has admitted to participating in an auto-theft ring and serving four years in prison between 1999 and 2002. The Smoking Gun website debunked Akon’s claim in April 2008 using court records and interviews with detectives engaged in his case. He was not found guilty of any crimes and did not serve jail.

On June 3, 2007, a member of the audience threw something at Akon as he was on stage at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York. Akon carried the attendee up to the stage and hurled him back into the crowd from his shoulders after asking the audience to identify the person who had thrown the object. According to the plea agreement in Fishkill Town Court, he completes 65 hours of community service and pays a $250 fine for this behavior.

During his performance on April 12, 2007, in Trinidad, Akon was caught on camera performing an explicitly sexual dance with a female he had invited onstage. It was discovered that the girl was 14 when the video was widely shared online. Later, Akon apologizes for the incident.

Akon recently defended Kanye West in an interview for his controversial remarks about Adolph Hitler and the Nazis.

Akon | Personal Life and Relationship

The only woman to who Akon has a lawful marriage is Tomeka Thiam. Only two of his children are with her. He claims he has six children with three different women.

Although it is disputed and the precise number of his marriages has never been confirmed, Akon is reportedly married to four separate ladies.

On the program, he revealed that he supports Chelsea F.C. of the English Premier League and has loved Tracy Chapman, Bob Marley, and Black Uhuru since he was young.

He also owns a diamond mine in South Africa and operates a charity called “Konfidence” for disadvantaged kids. He runs various homes for charities. Besides that, with the intention of supplying electricity to 14 African nations, he established “Akon Lighting Africa” in 2015.

Quick Facts

Full Name: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Popular Name: Akon

Gender: Male

Birth Date: April 16, 1973

Age: 49 years

Mother’s Name: Kine Gueye Thiam

Father’s Name: Mor Thiam

Siblings: Abou Thiam

Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri

Nationality: Senegalese-American

Ethnicity:  African-American

Education: Bayonne High School, Henry Snyder High School, William L Dickinson High School, and Clark Atlanta University

Marital Status: Married

Sexual Orientation: Straight

Wife: Tomeka Thiam

Children: 6 from 3 different women

Height: 5 feet 10inches (1.75 m)

Weight: 78 kg (171 lbs)

Occupation: Singer, Musician. Songwriter, Record Producer

Net Worth: $60 million


What is Akon’s net worth?
Akon’s net worth is $60 million.

What is Akon’s age?
Akon, who is 49 years old, was born on April 16, 1973.

What height is Akon?
Akon is 5 feet 10 inches tall, or 1.75 meters.

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