Akon, whose full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, is a Senegalese-American singer, record producer, and entrepreneur. He first gained fame with the release of his debut album, "Trouble," in 2004, which included the hit single "Locked Up" featuring Styles P. He followed up with his second album, "Konvicted," which included the chart-topping singles "Smack That" featuring Eminem and "I Wanna Love You" featuring Snoop Dogg.
Akon has had a successful career as a featured artist, with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs, resulting in five Grammy Award nominations. He has had several songs certified as platinum or gold by the RIAA, and he was listed by Guinness World Records as the number-one-selling artist for master ringtones in the world.
In addition to his music career, Akon has founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution, and has signed successful acts such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, and R. City to these labels. He has also worked as a producer and songwriter for other mainstream artists, including Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
Akon has also embarked on a massive project to build a tourist city in Senegal named Akon City, with a cryptocurrency-based economy using his own cryptocurrency, Akoin. The project has faced delays and concerns from locals about a lack of progress, but Akon has announced that construction will begin in 2023, with the first phase to be completed in 2030.
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, better known by his stage name Akon, was born on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is of Senegalese descent and spent much of his childhood in Senegal.
Akon's musical career began in 2004 with the release of his debut album, "Trouble." The album's lead single, "Locked Up," featuring Styles P, became a hit and propelled Akon to fame. The album also included the singles "Lonely" and "Ghetto," which further cemented Akon's place in the music industry.
Akon's second album, "Konvicted," was released in 2006 and featured collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and T-Pain. The album was a massive success and earned Akon three Grammy nominations. The singles "Smack That" featuring Eminem and "I Wanna Love You" featuring Snoop Dogg both became top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2008, Akon released his third studio album, "Freedom," which featured the hit single "Right Now (Na Na Na)." The album also included collaborations with artists such as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and T-Pain.
Throughout his career, Akon has been known for his collaborations with other artists, providing vocals for numerous hit songs, including "Bartender" by T-Pain, "Sexy Chick" by David Guetta, and "Hold My Hand" by Michael Jackson.
Aside from his music career, Akon has also established himself as an entrepreneur, founding two record labels, Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution. He has signed successful acts such as Lady Gaga, T-Pain, and R. City to these labels. He has also ventured into the fashion industry, launching his clothing line, Konvict Clothing.
In 2020, Akon announced his plans to build a futuristic city in Senegal named Akon City, which would use his own cryptocurrency, Akoin, as the transactional currency. The project has faced delays and concerns from locals about a lack of progress, but Akon has announced that construction will begin in 2023, with the first phase to be completed in 2030.
AKONCITY is a project initiated by the Grammy-nominated artist Akon, with the aim of creating a sustainable and technologically advanced city in Senegal. The city is being developed in partnership with the Senegalese government and will feature a cryptocurrency-based economy using Akon's own cryptocurrency, Akoin, as the transactional center.
The vision for AKONCITY is to become a beacon of innovation and human development, providing the best education solutions and creating revolutionary industries. The city is also intended to reward Senegalese hard work, by making Senegal the leading country in technology innovation and natural resource utilization.
The residential district of AKONCITY will feature futuristic buildings with mixed-use entertainment and services for all types of residential buildings, including social, middle class, and high-end. The project aims to set the standard for all future real estate development in Senegal and the region as a whole.
The city will provide a flexible infrastructure to accommodate new real estate development and will be an essential player in finding solutions to the challenges facing Senegal, including poverty, economic progress, and global changes. AKONCITY is expected to generate knowledge and train professionals who will provide local solutions and play a crucial role in human development.
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