Aliaune Thiam famously known as R&B singer Akon. Akon is an extremely famous personality in the music world, increasing the boundaries of hip-hop to become one of the most admiring figures in the entertainment industry. Not only has Akon experienced success as a solo artist, but also like an entrepreneur within the music industry, starting two thriving record labels.
Akon’s most famous songs are “Smack That” and “Locked Up,” but fans who like many other genres often hear Akon’s vocal on their favorite songs. In terms of statistics, there are not much people who can be equal to Akon. He has many songs that have been certified platinum, including four tracks that went three times platinum.
How was his early life?
Akon was born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam on April 16th of 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri. Although Akon was born in the United States. He had spent most of his young life by traveling between the United States and Senegal. Once he was seven, Akon settled permanently in Newark, New Jersey.
While Akon was mostly staying in Senegal, he learned a lot about music from his parents. His mother was a professional dancer, and his father a well known percussionist, Mor Thiam. Over the years of his young life, Akon learned how to play five instruments, including drums and guitar. The situation got worse when Akon’s family shifted to Atlanta, leaving him and his older brother to finish high school on their own.
How did he start his career?
Akon got into the music industry in 2003 as he wanted to make name by himself. Firstly he was noticed by Devyne Stephens, a man who had been involved in the artists like Usher. Soon after, Akon was signed to Stephens’ label and recorded a many tracks. These tracks were noticed by producer “Knobody,” who helped Akon to create a debut album.
Akon released his debut album, “Trouble,” in 2004. It reached the number 8 spot in the Billboard Top 200 easily. It became a kickstart for Akon’s career. “Locked Up” and “Lonely” were two successful and popular tracks from this album.
How much is his Net Worth?
Akon’s estimated net worth is around $80 million approximately. Akon wanted his fortune, $13 million during 2011. Prior to this, he earned $21 million in 2010, a year considered as his highest as a solo artist. He also earned $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008.