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**Aliaune Thiam, better known as Akon is a hip-hop singer, songwriter, and productor. AKon was born in Senegal African on April 16, 1973 (also found other dates of birth for him). He was raised in Senegal until the age of 7 then from the ages 7-15, he moved back and forth between the United States and Senegal. At the age of 15, he permanently moved to the Jersey City, New Jersey. Akon is the son of Aliaune Thiam (same name as Akon) and Mor Thiam. Since supposedly Akon was born in 1973, he should be 44. I said supposedly because in an interview with VIBE Akon said, "The only thing I hide is my age... before I lie to you, I'd rather say nothing" and the fact that he is vague and cagey about his full background.

In New Jersey, Akon discovered hip-hop and R&B. At the age of 15, Akon started writing and recording music. After high school, Akon was arrested for grand theft auto and therefore recieved a 3 year jail sentence. After getting out, he focused on his music, recording songs in his home studio. Soon after being released, Akon landed a record deal with SRC Universal. As of now, Akon has been feautered in 155 songs and has had 23 Hot Billboard 100 songs.

Akon 2nd album, Konvicted, was the most successful out of his current albumd. Convicted, went triple platnium and Akon hit song "Smack That" also won him a Grammy. Also on October 5, 2006, Akon broke a record on the Hot 100, as he achieved the largest climb in the chart's 48-year-history with "Smack That" jumping from number 95 to 7.

On June 9, 2004 Akon solo deput album, Trouble, was released. This album had much success thanks to singles such as "Locked up and Lonely." Akon also released two more albums "Konvicted and Freedom." Aside from his cd's, Akon also has a clothing line Konvict Clothing, a television show coming soon named "My brothers Keeper" having 2 record labels (Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distrubtion, his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa called Konfidence Foundation, and even owning his own diamond mind in South Frica.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akon 2-27-09

http://www.answers.com/topic/akon 2-27-09

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Akon-Biography/D46CE4CE0AD4176E48256EE2000AB000 2-27-09

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1868102/bio 2-27-09