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The first single "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) was released in August 2006 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. In January 2007, a third single "Don't Matter" which earned him his first solo number one and second consecutive Hot 100 chart topper was released.
On October 5, 2006, Akon broke a record on the Hot 100, as he achieved the largest climb in the chart's 48-year-history with "Smack That" jumping from number 95 to 7. "Mama Africa" was released as a European single in July 2007, making it the fourth overall single from the album.
Forbes ranked Akon 80th (Power Rank) in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2010 He spent a significant part of his childhood in Senegal, which he described as his "hometown".
A child of a dancer mother and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe.
On November 20, 2007, the RIAA certified the album 'triple platinum' with 3 million units sold in the US.
The album included collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Styles P.
He has released 6 solo albums, and has handled the majority of production on his solo work and guest features.
When music channel The Box had a top ten weekly chart, which was calculated by the number of video requests, Akon's "Lonely" became the longest running single on the top of the chart, spanning over fifteen weeks.Akon was then featured on two other singles, P-Money's "Keep on Callin'" off the album Magic City, and the other with New Zealand rapper, Savage with the single "Moonshine", which had become a success in both New Zealand and Australia, becoming number one in the New Zealand charts.A year later in 2005, he made his first critically acclaimed guest appearance on Young Jeezy's debut album, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, with the song "Soul Survivor".Growing up in New Jersey, Akon had difficulties getting along with other children.When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta, Georgia.