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Multi-platinum singer/songwriter/artist/producer, and the man dozens of ‘A’ list performers go to for a guaranteed hit-making hook, Akon, has once again stormed the US charts with the digital release of his brand new single “Right Now (Na Na Na)”. The track, taken from his eagerly awaited new album “Freedom”, (November 24th) has debuted at no. 6 on the US Itunes chart before the track has even been serviced to radio, proving once again, that when it comes to delivering bona fide hits, Akon has few, if any peers. “Right Now (Na Na Na)”, available digitally, will be released on November 24th and looks set to continue Akon’s unbroken string of UK chart success, including 2 number 1 singles, a no. 1 album and multi-platinum album sales. The eagerly awaited “FREEDOM”, will feature collaborations with, among others, the US’s biggest current superstar Lil Wayne (“I’m So Paid”) and Akon’s platinum artist T-Pain (“Holla Holla”).
Akon broke out on the music scene in 2004 with the platinum album TROUBLE featuring the enormous global smash hits singles, “Locked Up” and “Lonely.” He returned two years later with the triple-platinum-certified KONVICTED CD. The Senegalese native broke chart history in 2007 as the first artist to simultaneously hold the #1 (“I Wanna Love You”) and #2 (“Smack “That”) positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart twice. He went on to become Billboard Magazine’s Top Artist of 2007, the # 2 Hot 100 Producer of the Year, and # 2 Hot 100 Songwriter of the year.
Akon won the 2007 American Music Award for Best Male Soul/R&B artist and was honored three times at the World Music Awards. He has achieved gold and platinum certifications in over a dozen countries. The 5x Grammy nominee’s life story has also become one of the most inspirational music sagas in recent memory, turning his life around after a troubled youth by pursuing a career in music, notching millions in albums sales since his seminal debut album Trouble.
The supremely 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 Sir Elton John, R. Kelly, Gwen Stefani, Beenie Man, Young Jeezy and T-Pain. Following his enormous solo success, Akon has set up his own label deal, Konlive Records and has recently signed UK artist Sway. 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.