Akon is a Senegalese-American multi-platinum selling singer, well-known for his successful solo work and his impressive roster of collaborations. Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images/file
Snoop Dogg and Akon perform at the 2006 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Snoop featured on Akon's U.S. number one hit "I Wanna Love You." Ethan Miller/Getty Images/file
Born in Senegal, Akon has set up a foundation that's working to build schools and hospitals in the country. "I am going to keep advancing, doing as much as I can, but I really want to make the biggest impact in Africa," he says.
Pictured, Akon performing in Nairobi, Kenya, at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.
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Gwen Stefani and Akon perform onstage during the 20th Annual Kid's Choice Awards in March 2007 in Westwood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/file
In 2007 Lady Gaga was signed by Akon and Interscope Records before the release of her 2008 debut album, "The Fame."
Pictured: Akon, Doug Morris (chairman and CEO of UMG), Lady Gaga and Jimmy Iovine (chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M), in December 2009, New York.
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Akon is planning to release his fourth studio album in June. "I have learned a lot along the way and I am glad that I never regretted enough because my past made who I am today," he says. Jo Hale/Getty Images/file