Akon Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


13th April 2015

Fact: R&B star Akon has reportedly purchased a $350,000 (GBP233,000) bulletproof van for an African president. The bosses at The Auto Firm in Florida tell TMZ.com Akon ordered the 2014 Mercedes Sprinter from them a year ago and asked them to reinforce the whole thing in bulletproof armour, but it's not known who the Senegalese singer will be gifting the vehicle to.


13th November 2013

Quote: "Women aren't built to mate with more than one party... men are... At the end of the day, as a male we are natural breeders by nature. We can't even escape it if we wanted to." R&B star Akon tells Tmz.com he doesn't believe in monogamy for men.


18th November 2012

Fact: Rihanna partied with Sean '' Combs, Akon, and Pharrell Williams after her 777 Tour stop in Paris, France on Saturday night (17Nov12) - her fourth international show in four days. Rihanna performs in Berlin, Germany on Sunday and London on Monday.


11th May 2011

Fact: Funnyman Andy Samberg and his comedy rap group The Lonely Island made a surprise appearance at Akon's show in New York on Sunday (08May11).


12th November 2010

Quote: “I’m giving him pointers on how to pull all the women. You have to just hear the song. You’ll love it!” Akon has been handing out dating tips to his latest collaborator, teen sensation Justin Bieber.


11th November 2010

Fact: Katy Perry and Akon performed at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York on Wednesday (10Nov10). Stars at the bash included Gerard Butler, Russell Simmons, Adrian Grenier and Malin Akerman.


12th October 2010

Fact: Katy Perry and Akon will rock the catwalk at this year's (10) Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will air on TV next month (Nov10).


13th September 2010

Tweet: "I am proud of @ladygaga. Hardest working woman in music. You deserve this." Akon, who first signed Lady GaGa to his record label, is pleased with the POKER FACE superstar's big night of awards at the MTV Video Music Awards.


18th May 2010

Quote: "She is the future legend of this time. I think Madonna was the legend of their time and Gaga is definitely hers at this particular moment. She will definitely be one of those leading icons alongside Madonna and Cher." Akon sees a long and bright future ahead for Lady GaGa.


13th February 2009

Quote: "I always wanted to be a brain surgeon as a little boy, but then I realised how many more years I would have to give up at school and I changed my mind." Akon abandoned his childhood career ambitions.


15th December 2008

Quote: "I'd like to see Michael Jackson most. This inauguration will be making history, and we need the biggest artist in history to go up and do something." Akon would like to see the King of Pop at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month (Jan09).


3rd December 2008

Quote: "British hip-hop has never been exposed in the U.S. and we're trying to take that step and do that. I think the (slang) has a lot to do with it." R+B star Akon is eager to expose U.K. artists Dizzee Rascal and Sway's music to Americans.


27th November 2008

Fact: R+B star Akon will perform a free show for fans at New York's China Club on Monday (01Dec08) to celebrate the release of his new LP FREEDOM the following day.


4th November 2008

Fact: Hitmakers Akon and NE-YO have given soul man Lionel Richie a boost - by writing songs for the HELLO singer's new album. The two modern R+B stars are among the guests collaborating with Richie on his upcoming LP JUST GO, which will hit stores early next year (09).


30th October 2008

Quote: "I would love to be the first black James Bond." R+B hitmaker Akon has high aspirations.


16th October 2008

Fact: Universal Music Group chairman and CEO DOUG MORRIS was honoured with the Spirit of Life Award by the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry group on Wednesday (15Oct08) at a ceremony in Santa Monica, California. Stars including Rihanna, Toni Braxton, Akon and Gwen Stefani were all on hand to cheer on the music mogul.


19th September 2008

Fact: R+B star Akon has performed on 145 different artists' hits.


31st July 2008

Quote: "She was mad cool. Down to earth, yet conservative, polite. She felt like a high school friend. She felt mad approachable, cool as hell." Akon dismisses Whitney Houston's reputation as a diva after working on a track for her forthcoming new album.


12th June 2008

Fact: R+B star Akon has joined forces with billionaire WARREN BUFFETT's producer son PETER to launch a new charity website. IsThereSomethingICanDo.com will be a social networking site aimed at raising cash for various charity groups.


4th December 2007

Fact: A 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's THRILLER album will be re-released with reworked versions of songs by Kanye West, Akon and WILL.I.AM. The reissue is slated for release in February next year (08).


22nd November 2007

Fact: Teenage country sensation Taylor Swift has been given the job of announcing the Grammy Award nominations on 6 December (07). She'll be joined by Akon, Quincy Jones and Linkin Park. The 50th annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in February (08).


25th August 2007

Fact: Fall Out Boy performed covers of Akon'S hit single Nobody Wants To See Us Together and tracks by Michael Jackson and HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS at England's Leeds Festival this weekend (25Aug07).


7th August 2007

Fact: R+B star Akon's father, MOR THIAM, is an internationally acclaimed Senegalese drumming icon.


25th February 2007

Quote: "Yeah, it happens all the time, man! Alicia Keys, Beyonce - I'm lucky!" R+B singer Akon boasts about being chatted up by pop superstars.


20th February 2007

Quote: "Crime paid for me! It definitely paid for me in all aspects before and after the crime. But I wouldn't recommend it, because not everyone's lucky. I was definitely lucky." R+B singer Akon reaps the rewards from his days of crime, but advises others against it.


6th December 2006

Quote: "She's doing great. She's in the gym, she's moving around and gaining some weight." Akon insists new pal Whitney Houston is well on the way to recovery after battling substance abuse problems.


22nd November 2006

Quote: "I have never worked so hard or lost so much sleep. It sometimes seems like I have less freedom than I did when I was actually locked up." R+B singer Akon bemoans his busy lifestyle.


14th November 2006

Quote: "Eminem was the only white boy to come into the rap game and take it over and I'm the first one from Africa to come in and take it over." R+B star Akon is inspired by EMINEM's success in the face of adversity.


10th October 2006

Fact: R+B star Akon made American chart history when his SMACK THAT single rose 88 places, from 95 to seven, on last week's (ends08OCT06) Billboard Hot 100. The previous record was geld by VANESSA HUDGENS, Zac Efron and Andrew Seeley's BREAKING FREE which climbed 82 places in February (06).


27th September 2006

Fact: Former TLC star ROZONDA 'CHILLI' THOMAS is launching a solo career with a little help from Akon - the WATERFALLS singer has signed a new record deal with the producer/songwriter's label Konvict Musik.


27th September 2006

Fact: Former TLC star ROZONDA 'CHILLI' THOMAS is launching a solo career with a little help from Akon - the WATERFALLS singer has signed a new record deal with the producer/songwriter's label Konvict Musik.


21st September 2005

Fact: <p>R+B singer Akon is set to host the Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards at London's Royal Albert Hall tomorrow (22SEP05). </p>


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