He earned $13 million in the year 2011.His real name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam and he was born on the 16th April of 1973. He is a songwriter, record producer, rapper and also a businessman. He rose to fame in the year 2004 with the first single of his debut album Trouble. The single was called Locked Up. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in United States and his career started in the year 1996. He originates from Dakar in Senegal. I loved his song by the name of ‘yeah’. That’s when I discovered him.