Akon

Akon is the Senegalese R&B singer and producer who is the son of acclaimed West African djembe drum player Mor Thiam.  Akon beat a path to stardom with his 2004 album, Trouble, including the hit single "Locked Up," which highlighted his own run-ins with the law (claims of crime life that critics have challenged as exaggerations).  As a songwriter, he's worked with music's biggest stars, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Eminem.  Akon's sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide and signed notable R&B artists like T-Pain and pop star Lady Gaga to his label, Konvict.

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Celebrity Birthdays: Happy Birthday, Martin Lawrence!

Chance the Rapper, Akon and more celebrate this week.

Court Ordered: Child's Pay

Entertainers who have to pay child support.

Hit 'Em Up: Music Stars Provoked to (Allegedly) Punch

Sometimes musicians take matters into their own hands.

The Rundown: Nick Cannon, White People Party Music

A track-by-track look at rapper's comedic venture into race music.

Rocket Man: Hip Hop Artists Who Have Sampled Elton John

These rap songs borrow music from one of the most prolific rockers ever.

Akon Opens Up About B. Howard Being Michael Jackson's Son

Singer who's worked with both men weighs in on whether or not he believes the hype.
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