Akon Celebrates Album Release at Miami Nightclub

Universal Motown recording artist Akon has done it again, with his third album “Freedom” and he is pulling out all of the stops with a mega party in the magic city.  With an elite guest list of celebrities, Akon’s Exclusive “Freedom” Album Release Party on Friday, November 21st at Miami’s premier oasis Karu & Y, has already created a massive buzz.

The gifted musician, known for such hit singles as “Locked Up”, “Lonely”, and “Smack That”, is not only creative in the studio, but he also has an eye for fashion with the launch of his clothing lines, Konvict Clothing, already in stores, and a new high-end, high fashion line, Aliaune, which will launch in London and Paris at the end of January 2009.  The star-studded event will also include Akon performing live hits from his latest LP-Freedom due in stores December 2, 2008.  

Born in Senegal, Africa the R&B singer has mastered the art of music with his well crafted fuse of Pop and Soul beats; intermingled with storytelling lyrics.  Labeled as a groundbreaking artist for his multi-platinum debut album Trouble, the multifaceted artist became an instant success with the fans and the music industry. Akon’s collaborations have turned songs by other artists such as Elton John, Young Jeezy, and Gwen Stefani, just to name a few, into major hits. By the time he released his sophomore album Konvicted, Akon’s distinctive vocals and artistic ability would have garnered him as the industry’s most sought after label owner, singer, songwriter and producer.  

WHO:    AKON (Universal Motown Recording Artist)

WHAT:   Exclusive “Freedom” Album Release Party
WHEN:   Friday, November 21st
Doors open at 10:00pm

WHERE:   Karu & Y Ultra Lounge  71 NW 14th Street


October 14, 1981 – Senegal, Africa

Quote from Akon:
“When I sing, the sound comes from the mood that I am in.  My records are coming straight from the heart.”

Growing Up:
Akon was born in the nation of Senegal.  As the son of famed jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was raised in a musical setting and taught to play several instruments. At the age of 7, he moved from Africa to New Jersey. 

Major Label Success:
Once signed by Universal Motown, Akon was immediately allowed to embrace his rough background of his teenage years.  Using his knowledge, Akon put together an album full of edgy songs about life in the hood, prison, and drug running.  The LP, titled Trouble, was released in June 2004.  The album gained immediate popularity with preceding single, “Locked Up,” a tip 10 R&B hit.  The second single, “Ghetto,” became another urban radio staple.

“Lonely” Leads to “Trouble”
Akon broke into the pop mainstream in early 2005.  “Lonely”, a sample of Bobby Vinton’s 1964 #1 hit “Mr. Lonely”, was released as the third single from the album Trouble.  The song became an instant smash, landing in the top 5 of the pop singles chart and made Akon one of the breakout artists of 2005. 

Trouble’s fourth single, “Belly Dancer (Bonanza)”, as well as Akon’s guest vocals on Young Jeezy’s top 10 hit “Soul Survivor,” furthered the singer’s mainstream success.  Trouble has now been certified platinum in the U.S., and was also a major hit in the UK.

Akon’s Top Hit Singles:
As primary artist:

2004 – “Locked Up” - #8
2005 – “Lonely” - #3
2006 – “Smack That” f/ Snoop Dogg - #1
2007 – “Don’t Matter” - #2
2007 – “Sorry, Blame it on Me” - #7


As featured artist:

2005 – “Soul Survivor” w/Young Jeezy - #8
2006 – “The Sweet Escape” w/ Gwen Stefani - #1
2007 – “Bartender” w/ T-Pain - #10

Akon’s sophomore album Konvicted was preceded by the hit single “Smack That” featuring Eminem.  The song topped the Billboard pop singles chart and Konvicted debuted at #2 on the album chart in November 2006.

Additional major hits followed from Konvicted including the #1 smash “I Wanna Love You” featuring Snoop Dogg and the #2 hit “Don’t Matter.” Ultimately, Konvicted sold nearly 3 million copies.

Star Pop Collaborator:
In addition to his own hits, Akon is known for having the Midas touch for turning songs by other artists into hits with his own featured appearances.  Akon’s distinctive sweet vocals have added to such major hits as Young Jeezy’s “Soul Survivor” and Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape”.  He is one of the most in demand guest vocalists.

Most recently, Akon has begun helping to launch the pop success of protégés like Colby O’Donis, Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall, Lady GaGa and Tami Chynn.  “What You Got,” the debut single from Colby O’Donis, has already reached the pop 20 in the US.

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