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Give - Akon - Netflix
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), better known as Akon (), is an American singer, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor of Senegalese descent. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. His second album, Konvicted received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You”. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1× platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales. Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world. Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has worked with numerous performers such as Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Houston, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Gwen Stefani. He has had five Grammy Awards nominations and has produced songs for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis, Kardinal Offishall, Leona Lewis, and T-Pain. Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 and 5th in 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list, in 2011. Billboard ranked Akon No. 6 on the list of Top Digital Songs Artists of the decade.
Give - 2008–09: Freedom - Netflix
Akon released his third album Freedom on December 2, 2008, which spawned four singles: “Right Now (Na Na Na)”, “I'm So Paid” (featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy), “Beautiful” (featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall) and “We Don't Care”. Freedom was certified platinum in US. Rap singer Nelly suggested that Akon, Pharrell, and T-Pain had talked about forming a rap supergroup in 2009. Akon and Konvict Muzik produced hip hop/rock group Flipsyde's 2009 release, State of Survival, released via Kon Live Distribution and Cherrytree Records. He was also the executive producer of Kardinal Offishall's fourth solo album Not 4 Sale. The first single “Dangerous”, which featured Akon peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote Kon Live artist Lady Gaga's hit “Just Dance”, and which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards. After the unexpected death of Michael Jackson, who Akon was working with, Akon released a tribute song called “Cry Out Of Joy”. Akon claimed to be close friend with Jackson near the end of Jackson's life in an interview UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' in October 2008 In July 2008, a song called “Hold My Hand”, an R&B duet/collaboration between Michael Jackson and Akon, circulated the internet. It was not included in the track list for Freedom as Akon previously stated. During an interview with Tavis Smiley, Akon said that Jackson had planned on a high-profile release including a music video until the track had leaked. This is Jackson's last known song before he died on June 25, 2009. Akon finished work on the song for Jackson's posthumous album, Michael and it was released as a single in November 2010. Akon co-wrote and recorded “Put It on My Tab” with New Kids on the Block for their 2008 reunion album The Block. He also co-wrote and produced Leona Lewis' Forgive Me and worked with X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on her debut album. He later worked with Whitney Houston for her 2009 comeback album I Look to You, appearing on the track “Like I Never Left”. Akon collaborated with Pitbull on the single “Shut It Down” from the album “Rebelution” and worked with Matisyahu to remix his single “One Day” on his album Light. He also co-produced Natalia Kills' first single, “Mirrors”, from her forthcoming debut album, Perfectionist. IsThereSomethingICanDo.com, launched On March 25, 2009, The social action collaboration project between the artists Peter Buffett and Akon has partnered with DoSomething.org, to coincide with the release of “Blood Into Gold”. The song focused on human trafficking and featured both artists. David Guetta collaborated with Akon in “Sexy Bitch”, the first house track by Akon. The song reached number 1 in more than six countries, and charted at 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He produced and recorded “Oh Africa” for the 2010 World Cup with Pepsi. According to Forbes, Akon grossed $13 million in 2011, $21 million in 2010, $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008.
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