American R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer
Aliaune Thiam is better known by his stage name Akon. He is of Senegalese origin.
|Birth name||Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam|
|Date of Birth||April 16, 1973|
|Place of Birth||St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Genres||R&B, Hip hop, Pop|
|Labels||Universal, SRC, Konvict, UpFront, Kon Live|
|Associated acts||T-Pain, Kardinal Offishall, Colby O'Donis, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Sway DaSafo, Lionel Richie|
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It was such an honour to be in that environment and be inspired by it. I always said to myself, 'When I get to that position when I can do an all-reggae album, I would love to do it', and those guys are the best.
— Akon is planning to do an all-reggae album / May 09, 2012
GaGa says a lot of stuff in her records. But I know these parents and critics are not really listening to her lyrics. I know that for a fact. She's singing about a lot of adult subject matter. She's not just making dance records. Unfortunately, people pay more attention to what she is wearing.
— Akon saying critics doesn't really understand Gaga's songs / February 11, 2011
I think Born This Way is the kind of record that if you are really paying attention you will get the full depth of GaGa as a songwriter. Sometimes, the creative image hides the element of her lyrical content. That's why she wanted to give people a better idea of what she was saying outside of her image when she dropped those lyrics.
— Akon saying Gaga's Born This Way will prove Lady Gaga's song writing skills / February 11, 2011
She records while she’s on the road. I’m flying out to Europe to work on some new records with her. Gaga’s just like me. She has a tour bus with a studio in it. Some of the songs I’ve heard are going to be crazy. She’s getting bigger and better.
— Akon about Lady Gaga's next album / April 22, 2010
All I’m doing at the end of the day is listening to the tracks Gaga has written and approving then for her album. She has producers that she works with outside of myself and they are coming up with some incredible records. But the beauty of it is she knows exactly what she wants. So it just makes it easier for me.
— Akon finds it easy to work with Lady Gaga / April 22, 2010
I was not aware that the statue was even on the set of the video until now. I would never set out to offend or desecrate anyone's religion or religious beliefs. I myself am a spiritual man, so I can understand why they are offended, but violence is never the answer and I am disheartened to hear about what happened yesterday in Sri Lanka.
— Akon apologizing for the Sri Lankan controversy / March 24, 2010