Akon

May
22
New Music: Ca$h Out f/ Akon, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, & Yo Gotti – ‘Cashin’ Out (Remix)’

Ca$h Out

Akon, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, and Yo Gotti cash in on the official remix to Ca$h Out’s flashy single “Cashin’ Out” off his upcoming Epic Records debut. Listen to them trade boastful bars below.

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May
5
New Music: Ca$h Out f/ Akon – ‘Cashin’ Out (Remix)’

Ca$h Out and Akon

Forget a condo. Akon has an island on his wrist on his flashy remix to Ca$h Out’s single “Cashin’ Out.” “I got T-Pain around my wrist, Gaga around my neck,” boasts the Konvict Muzik CEO, whose long-delayed album Stadium is set for a September 11 release. Listen to him roll in the dough.

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May
1
Video: Akon f/ French Montana – ‘Hurt Somebody’

Akon

Akon puts up a fight in the gritty video for “Hurt Somebody,” the street single off his oft-delayed album Stadium, due September 11. To vent his frustrations, a buff Akon enters a boxing match and leaves victorious. He explained the message he was trying to convey during an interview on “106 & Park.”

“It’s really to promote non-gun violence. If you got a problem with somebody, ya’ll should just take it in the ring,” said Akon, who gained weight for the role. “We men, let’s handle it. If we can’t talk about it, then let’s fight about it.”

The video also stars Bad Boy rapper French Montana, who was previously signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. “At the time where I had him, I was just too focused on the pop stuff,” admitted his former boss, who helped discover Lady Gaga.

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Apr
12
Akon Reflects on Success, Lady Gaga, & Michael Jackson on ‘Behind the Music’

Michael Jackson and Akon

Following Game and T-Pain, Akon was the latest artist to be profiled on VH1’s “Behind the Music.” The superstar singer and music mogul, born Aliaune Thiam, shared his inspiring journey from a village in Senegal to conquering the world charts. He opened up about his highs and lows, including the time he was caught humping an underage girl onstage, working with the late Michael Jackson, and helping launch Lady Gaga’s career.

“Gaga became the biggest success story in my history of music,” said Akon, who has a new album named Stadium on the way. “More than anything I was happy that I stuck with it and we believed in it together.”

The special also featured commentary from Wyclef Jean, T-Pain, and his family members. Follow Akon’s path to stardom in the full episode below.

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Apr
10
Sneak Peek: Akon – ‘Behind the Music’

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Akon shares his inspiring journey to the American Dream on VH1’s “Behind the Music.” Born in Senegal, Africa, the platinum hitmaker opens up about his home life and troubled past including a stint in prison for stealing cars. He also talks about the infamous time he tossed a fan offstage, discovering Lady Gaga, and being the last artist to record with Michael Jackson.

The one-hour special features commentary from his longtime friend Wyclef Jean and footage from his new video shoot for “Hurt Somebody,” a single off his upcoming album Stadium.

“Behind the Music: Akon” airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. Catch a sneak peek below.

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Feb
14
New Music: Akon f/ French Montana – ‘Hurt Somebody’

Akon

Akon almost turns violent on “Hurt Somebody,” which he calls his “single for the streets.” “Let me get up outta here before I have to hurt somebody,” he sings on the gritty record, which features a verse from French Montana.

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Sep
18
Akon Performs with The Lonely Island at the Emmys [Video]

Akon and The Lonely Island

Akon added some raunchy humor to primetime when he joined The Lonely Island at the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards. The comedy trio performed a medley of their hilarious hits, opening with “Jack Sparrow,” accompanied by Michael Bolton dressed as a pirate. John Stamos, Ed Helms, and Maya Rudolph partook in “3-Way,” fulfilling the roles of Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga. And Akon kept the laughs coming by singing “I Just Had Sex” during the all-star finale. Watch the hijinks unfold.

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