"Akon" (born "Auliane Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam" in Dakar, Senegal on October 14, 1981) is an R&B singer who grew up in Senegal for the first seven years of his life, and from the age of seven he grew up in Union City, New Jersey. He is a Muslim, and the son of jazz percussionist Mor Thiam.
Akon released his debut album ''Trouble'' in 2004, which included the singles "Locked Up (Remix)" (featuring Styles P), "Lonely", "Bananza (Belly Dancer)", "Pot Of Gold" and "Ghetto". "Locked Up" reached the top 10 in the U.S. and the top 5 in the UK, and was written after Akon was jailed for three years for armed robbery. His road manager Robert “Screw” Montanez was gunned to death following a dispute in New Jersey in December 2005. "Ghetto" became a radio hit when it was remixed to include verses from legendary rappers Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. In 2005, he released the single "Lonely" (which samples Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely"). The song reached the top 10 on the U.S. charts, and was #1 in both Australia and the UK. His album also climbed to #1 in the UK in April, 2005. Recently, he gained more popularity after being featured in the song "Soul Survivor...