Aliaune "Akon" Thiam
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam

Recording artist and entrepreneur

Akon is an international, multi-award winning hip hop and R&B recording artist, songwriter and record producer. The Senegalese American has 35 million albums sold worldwide, five Grammy Award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt.

In the aftermath of Akon’ s 2006 release of album Konvicted, Akon garnered the American Music Award for Favourite R&B Male Artist, Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male Artist, three World Music Awards in the categories of Best Selling R&B Male Artist, Best Selling African Artist and Best Selling Internet Artist, and the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year.

In addition to his own chart-dominating singles “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You”, he’s made a staggering 300 guest appearances for icons including Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, and Eminem.

Akon’s latest single So Blue, released in 2013, has already received over 2 million hits on YouTube. The single is from the album “Stadium”, set to be released in 2015. He is currently selling out shows globally, most recently in China and Eastern Europe in June 2014.