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Whether Akon was in jail or not, he approached the music industry in 2003
By on October 4th, 2020. Entertainment
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Whether Akon was in jail or not, he approached the music industry in 2003

feeling determined to make his presence known. He first gained the attention of Devyne Stephens, a man who had been involved in the creation of artists like Usher. Eventually, Akon was signed to Stephens’ label and recorded a number of tracks. These tracks were in turn brought to the attention of producer “Knobody,” who encouraged Akon to produce a debut album and assisted him in the process.

Akon released his debut album, Trouble, in 2004. It swiftly reached the number 8 spot in the Billboard Top 200 and became a launching pad for Akon’s career. “Locked Up” and “Lonely” were two especially successful and popular tracks from this album. The next few years saw Akon collaborating with a number of other artists – most notably with Jeezy in his album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101.

With his reputation within the music industry established, Akon’s second album, Konvicted, was more successful than his first. This album debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 286,000 units in its first week. This album would feature the legendary track “Smack That” which featured Eminem. Snoop Dogg also featured on the album and contributed to the track “I Wanna Love You.” This track would be Akon’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2008, Akon released his third album, Freedom. One again, various artists contributed to the album, including Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne, who collaborated on the track “I’m So Paid” with Akon. During this time, Akon was also acting as an executive producer for various artists such as Flipsyde, helping them to release their albums. Akon also co-wrote Lady Gaga’s hit “Just Dance” in 2008.

The next few years saw Akon collaborating with a variety of other artists, including Damien Marley, Gucci Mane, David Guetta, and many others. Although Akon featured on many artists’ albums during this time, he did not produce more of his own, leading to a decline in productivity in many fans’ eyes. He also announced an album called Stadium that never came to fruition. In 2019, Akon ventured into the Latino music world with the album “El Negreeto.” He also announced another album, Konnect, during this time.

Akon grossed an impressive $13 million during 2011. Prior to this, he earned $21 million in 2010 – a period that many consider to be his peak as a solo artist. He also earned $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008.

Akon has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures since his success. Akon has started a clothing line called Konvict Clothing in 2008. Around the same time, he also launched Aliaune, a brand that offers more high-end clothing.

Akon is also well-known for his philanthropic work, particularly in regard to his home nation of Senegal. Akon’s most ambitious plan is to create a hyper-city just a few miles away from Senegal’s capital. This futuristic city would run completely on Akon’s own personal bitcoin currency, Akoin, with all transactions using this monetary system. The government of Senegal has given their full support to Akon in this endeavor, and in 2020 it was reported that plans have been finalized for the new city.

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