Akon

Akon is the Senegalese R&B singer and producer who is the son of acclaimed West African djembe drum player Mor Thiam.  Akon beat a path to stardom with his 2004 album, Trouble, including the hit single "Locked Up," which highlighted his own run-ins with the law (claims of crime life that critics have challenged as exaggerations).  As a songwriter, he's worked with music's biggest stars, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Eminem.  Akon's sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide and signed notable R&B artists like T-Pain and pop star Lady Gaga to his label, Konvict.

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Laurieann Gibson Is Harlee

Famed choreographer takes on a new moniker, teams up with Akon, Johnny Wright to launch her career as a singer/dancer.

Hit 'Em Up: Music Stars Provoked to Punch, Allegedly

Sometimes artists take matters into their own hands.

Served: Music Stars and Child Support

Entertainers who have to pay child support.

Instagram Photos of the Week: Rihanna Goes Topless

Plus pics from Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg and more.

Celebrity Birthdays: Happy Birthday, Martin Lawrence!

Chance the Rapper, Akon and more celebrate this week.

The Rundown: Nick Cannon, White People Party Music

A track-by-track look at rapper's comedic venture into race music.
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