Akon preps quintuple album dubbed "Stadium"
Back on November 11, 2013 fans of Akon finally got a taste of his upcoming album when he released the lead single, "So Blue." Fans just didn't realize the wait between the release of that song and the upcoming LP would be more than a year and counting.
On January 1, 2015 Akon finally released five more singles from the fourth studio album that will be dubbed "Stadium." He also announced that the album would be quintuple album, broken up into five different genres (Euro, Pop, Urban, Island and World). And though he has not yet announced the arrival date of Part 1 of the album, we know it will come at least seven years after the release of his previous album.
The Grammy-nominated rapper couldn't wait to roll out one single from each disc, and now the fans have access to: "Better" (from "Stadium: Euro"); the ballad "To Each His Own" (from "Stadium: Pop"); the hip-hop driven "Whole Lot" (from "Stadium: Urban"); the love song "Just a Man" (from "Stadium: Island"); and the percussive "Feeling a Nikka" (from "Stadium: World").
On his Instagram, Akon also hinted at an album video, to be posted soon. It's the first true focus on his solo work after he spent 2014 appearing on tracks by Chris Brown, Wizkid and Jeezy. Also recently released was the trailer to D'banJ's "Feeling the Nigga Remix" said to be featuring Akon. However, the video said it was actually Akon's song featuring D'Banj.
Akon says he's a changed man (Updated 9/27/13)
Once known for exploiting his criminal past, as well as for sexuality explicit lyrics and concert antics, Akon says he is finally a changed man.
Yes, this is the artist who threw a teenager off the stage during a concert in 2007. The young man fell onto a teenage girl, who suffered a concussion, and Akon was charged in the incident. But today he says he let down Africa with his actions and is more eager to talk about the invincible feeling he had when the money started flowing in. "I wasn't sure what I was becoming," he told CNN back in March 2013.
Of course, Akon wouldn't be Akon if he didn't raise some eyebrows during this 'transformation.' In July he sent tongues wagging when he suggested that African-Americans living in the US should move back to Africa following George Zimmerman's acquittal in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Akon took to his Instagram page following the verdict and wrote, "Every African-American in the US needs to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa where you will be treated like the royalty you are. You don't deserve this treatment. This is not your country."
Since his controversial comments, Akon has focused solely on music. He recently teamed up with Salaam Remi on "One in the Chamber," the first single off Remi's new album due September 30. Akon is also still gearing up for the release of his upcoming album, and recently put out a video for the song "Yo Gotti."
Akon and the King of Pop (Updated December 5, 2012)
Fresh off the success of sophomore album "Konvicted" in 2006, Akon was working with 'The King of Pop' Michael Jackson, and the two were close friends at the end of Jackson's life. Akon eventually released a tribute song in memory of Jackson entitled "Cry Out of Joy." The song came on the heels of Akon's third album, "Freedom," which bowed on December 1, 2008 and was originally set to be called "Acquitted."
Five months prior, a leaked recording of Akon's duet with Jackson called "Holy My Hand," was rumored to be featured on both his and Jackson's albums. The song didn't make the cut, however, and Jackson passed away the following summer. Still, Akon's album spawned three successful singles: "Right Now (Na Na Na)", "I'm So Paid" (featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy), and "Beautiful" (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Colby O'Donis).
Akon's next project, "Stadium," has been nearly three years in the making. The album's lead single, "Angel," was released to radio on September 14, 2010, and as a single followed not even two weeks later. He performed the song during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, has since been very quit on the music scene. However, it has been rumored that Akon has grown infatuated with the culture of Bollywood –with his 2011 release "Chammak Challo" as evidence.
Akon performed in Abu Dhabi at Yasalam's Beats on the Beach on November 1, 2012 and will lead a list of star-studded international and local musicians at the 2012 Calabar Festival, which is 31 days of some of Nigeria's biggest music stars.
Akon Tickets - Artist History
Akon, one of today's hottest radio artists, was born Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent much of his childhood in Senegal, as his father is a revered Senegalese percussionist, but moved to New Jersey when he was 7. There, he led a troubled and crime-ridden life and eventually ended up in jail. But it was in jail where Akon began to genuinely explore music; ultimately, it was his passion for music that inspired him to turn his life around. Upon his release, he began to work with Upfront Megatainment president Devyne Stephens, who devoted significant time to helping him develop as an artist and eventually helped him land a deal with Universal Records imprint SRC Records. In 2004, Akon released his first album Trouble - a resounding success. The album peaked at number 18 on U.S. charts and number 1 on U.K. charts, and went on to be certified Platinum in both countries. He became a radio staple, and from there, his career skyrocketed. 2006's Konvict proved to be even more fortuitous, peaking at number 2 on U.S. charts, and achieving Platinum certifications in 3 countries - 3 times Platinum in the U.S.
Akon Tickets - The Music
On the surface, Akon's music consists primarily of mellow rhythm and blues songs that give off contemporary vibes due to the inclusion of auto-tune and hip-hop beats. His hit single Smack That is a perfect representation of this. However, his music also incorporates diverse elements, like West African vocal styles and woodwind instruments, as well as hip-hop. In fact, proof that Akon is an evolving artist lies in the fact that he actively uses hip-hop elements in his songs, as there was a time when he disliked the genre. Lyrically, Akon sings extensively about lusting after beautiful women and partying. In Bananza, he schmoozes Hey ladies drop it down, just want to see you touch the ground? shake ya body like a belly dancer. He is a high-profile act to see live, so make sure to get Akon tickets**.
Akon Tickets - Notable Information
Despite all the controversy that has and continues to surround Akon, there are some positives associated with his name as well. Perhaps most importantly, Akon is the owner of Konfidence Foundation, a charity designed specifically for needy children in Africa. But his success as an artist is also undisputable. He is the proud owner of a laundry list of awards, many of which are achievements many artists will only every dream of obtaining. Some of the most notable accomplishments include winning the American Music Award's Favorite Soul/R&B; Artist in 2007, Billboard's Artist of the Year in 2007, and World Music Award's Best Selling African Artist in 2008, among numerous nominations from the Grammys and MTV Video Music Awards. He has collaborated with everyone from Gwen Stefani to Michael Jackson to Taiwanese pop star Wilber Pan, and his celebrity status has landed him on premier reality TV shows like Big Brother.
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