Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Akon
scores big with his new single, "Smack That," featuring Eminem
with the #1 Most Added song at Rhythmic and Crossover this week at radio. In addition to the #1 status, on Akon’s myspace page, "Smack That" has been listened to over 1 million times in just two weeks. His sophomore release, Konvicted
, is set to be in stores on November 21.
Konvicted, almost entirely produced by Akon, features guest appearances by aforementioned Eminem (Em produced "Smack That"), Akon’s artist T-Pain
, Snoop Dogg
and Styles P
Akon scored unprecedented success, both here and abroad, with his multi-format smash hit singles "Locked Up" and "Lonely" off of his multi-platinum debut release of Trouble
in 2004. "Lonely" stayed on the Billboard "Hot 100" chart for 3 months and was the #1 song in the UK along with his album (it also scored well in territories as diverse as Japan and Australia). "Locked Up" was a Top 5 single throughout the world.
The talented singer/songwriter/producer established himself as the premiere production and writing wizard over the past couple of years. He has produced, written, and/or appeared on hit songs for Young Jeezy
("Soul Survivor" was also written by Akon), Elton John
, R. Kelly
, Gwen Stefani
, Beenie Man
With the success of a multi-platinum record under his belt and with his artist T-Pain on Jive Records, Akon recently secured a label deal through Interscope Records called Konlive Records where one of his acts will include Chilli from super girl group, TLC
. His 1st release on Konlive is due early 2007.
Not one to put all of his eggs in the music basket, the Senegalese-born star, has also established a diamond supply and mining company called Aliaune that supplies diamonds to dealers across the world. He is also working on his clothing line as well as a movie project based on his own inspirational story.
Listen to "Smack That" feat. Eminem