Akon reveals why Michael Jackson took pills

Michael Jackson is arguably the best performer that ever set foot on a stage, and he wanted to make sure that his fans had one of the best entertainment experiences of their lives. Akon and Jackson were close friends, and in a recent interview with the U.S. Sun, the artist talked about how the late […]

Akon says the rich and famous have more ‘issues’ than the poor

Akon believes the rich and famous have “more issues” than poor people. The “Lonely” hitmaker believes the loss of Michael K. Williams — who was found dead at his home from an apparent drug overdose on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at 54 — is yet another example of what the “facade of success” can do […]

Akon announces plans to build another billion-dollar crypto city in Uganda

Akon continues to make global moves and will be building a second futuristic city in Uganda. The singer is already building a town in his home nation of Senegal, which will operate on his cryptocurrency and cost about $6B to construct. Akon’s Ugandan city will also operate off his cryptocurrency as well. The Ugandan government […]

Kanye West’s manager Bu Thiam reportedly sued for $3M by Verse Simmonds

Partnerships in the music industry can often sour. On Monday, Oct. 12, it was reported that Maurice “Verse” Simmonds is suing his former business associate. In the early 2010s, Simmonds and Abou “Bu” Thiam, who is also Akon’s brother, reportedly worked together on several major songs. In an Instagram post that was captured by Urban […]

Akon unveils plans to build $6B ‘real-life Wakanda’

Multiplatinum and award-winning singer and producer Akon once said he took a self-imposed moratorium from the music industry in a magnanimous gesture to let others shine. While maybe partially true, many fans will now believe the prolific hitmaker went on hiatus from creating hits so that he can create a vision for a real-life magical […]

Akon believes Black Americans should no longer think about slavery

Akon continues to catch backlash following his controversial views on slavery. The 47-year-old music artist, who’s originally from Senegal, shared his thoughts on slavery during a recent interview with VLAD TV. Akon compared the impact of slavery on Senegalese and Black Americans. “In Senegal, we’ve kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don’t even […]

Akon explains why he took a hiatus from music

Akon has finally explained why he went on hiatus. The “Lonely” hitmaker went on a three-year hiatus before returning in February 2013 with the single “Dirty Work” with Wiz Khalifa and has admitted he took some time out to give other talented music stars their moment. Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column, he […]

New Music Friday: Latin stars come through for Akon; Summer Walker delivers

It’s another New Music Friday at rolling out, and our picks for this week include a Latin album by an American-born singer with Sengalese roots, an old project with new legs and a jam session that fuses the past and present. Get your stream on, and let us know if we missed anything. Akon – […]

Akon and DJ Holiday have a new secret weapon

Akon and DJ Holiday‘s new secret weapon, Al Coe, from Bronx, N.Y., has the streets asking about him, and now it’s time to get familiar.  His recent project, COE STYLES, the mixtape, is available now and was inspired by both Lil’ Wayne’s The Dedication and 50 Cent’s Jackin’ for Beats mixtapes. On COE STYLES, Al […]

Route 5 aspires to be the New Edition of the next generation

Though boy bands like Boyz II Men and Jodeci took the torch from New Edition to rule the 90’s, there hasn’t been much of a niche for them in the 2000’s. In recent years, we saw a huge influx and craze for boy bands like One Direction in pop music, but R&B has yet to […]

Akon to headline South X Coalition Stage at SXSW presented by Dutch Masters

Whether it’s tech, film, or music, SXSW is the premier festival that serves as a litmus test for what’s next.  For the second year, the South X Coalition Stage will introduce a slew of new rap artists who are poised to take over in hip-hop. Presented by Dutch Masters, the South X Coalition Stage will […]

OG Boo Dirty talks Akon, Gucci Mane, and balancing rap and fatherhood

OG Boo Dirty believes that music saved his life. After experiencing issues that could have derailed his career, the Memphis native decided to focus on his love for creating music. He eventually signed with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records and began to build a substantial following across the nation. OG Boo Dirty released several mixtapes including […]

Tone Tone talks new music, life in Detroit, and working with Akon

Tone stands as an artists who is destined to take Detroit hip-hop to another level. Following the release of his acclaimed 11627 mixtape hosted by DJ Drama, Tone Tone solidified himself as a new voice in rap. Tone Tone, who will serve as a headlining act at the Coalition Stage at SXSW, recently sat down […]

How music executive DaDa Mills takes industry icons to unprecedented heights

Duwayne “DaDa” Mills has his way of leading you in a trance, engaging you and captivating your imagination when he speaks on subjects he loves, music and technology. The music executive and entrepreneur has worked as vice president of A&R for Epic Records and as partner and senior executive vice president at music management company […]

DJ Hardwerk teams with Akon to light up the world, check out their single

DJ Hardwerk has no explanation for it but he knows it’s because of his mother that he’s experiencing so much success in the music industry. “My mother put a violin in my hand when I was 3. She was a church pianist, organist and choir director,” offers the Grammy-nominated DJ and music producer. “I don’t know […]

Akon’s Atlanta mansion is for sale

Aliaume Damala Badara “Akon” Thiam, an American-Senegalese RnB singer and producer is selling his all-white everything Sandy Springs estate. The 10 bedroom, 9.5-bathroom, 14,994 square foot home was purchased in February of 2007 for $2.685 million, according to public records, by his music manager, Darrick Stephens a.k.a Devyne Stephens. Built in 1990, it’s amenities include an indoor and outdoor […]

Akon wants to bring electricity to 600 million Africans

Singer Akon is looking to making a difference in his home continent of Africa. The “Locked Up” singer recently started an initiative called Akon Lighting Africa that plans to bring light to 600 million Africans that currently lack electricity. During a recent speech at the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy For All forum, the 42-year-old laid out his […]

Akon, the Ebola bubble, and the fake news epidemic

Akon “crowd surfed” during the show, performing across the throng of adoring fans in a giant bubble that was pushed throughout the crowd of 6,000. The bubble sparked rumors that the Grammy-winner was afraid to be in direct physical contact with the people due to the Ebola scare.