Akon, born Aliuane Badara Thiam, is a famous Senegalese-American pop, rap, dance and R&B musician. Akon's sound often features a soft voice singing over catchy hip hop dance beats and extremely catchy hooks.
Akon first rose to fame in 2004, with the release of his debut album Trouble. Trouble was inspired by Akon's trials and tribulations behind bars and featured the hits singles "Locked Up" and "Lonely". The musician followed his debut with the grammy-nominated Konvicted, which generated a slew of additional hits, including "Smack That" and earned Akon global popularity as one of today's top pop artists.
In addition to his independent success, Akon has made a name for himself as a featured artist on many other musicians' songs. To date, he has accumulated over 145 such guest appearances and because of it, became the first artist to ever hold the number one and two Billboard Hot 100 chart positions simultaneously, twice.