Akon

QUOTE OF THE DAY: DEF JAM VICE-PRESIDENT OF A&R BU THIAM

Photograph Source In response to the rumour that Island Def Jam CEO LA Reid has been fired, Akon’s brother/Vice President of A&R (that role still exists?) Bu Thiam said this? As an Island Def Jam Executive, and more importantly a music fan, the recent heat that LA Reid has come under, in my opinion is extremely whack! Everyday I’ve been getting calls from people asking “When is LA getting fired? or what happened to Def Jam?” The ironic thing about this whole []

AKON SIGNS NEW ARTIST JEFFREE STAR

Blogger Miss Lala reports that Akon has signed a new artist called Jeffree Star. The singer/producer describes his new signing as “a male Lady Gaga”, while Jeffree describes himself as  “the princess of Konvict Muzik”. Click HERE to listen to what Akon has to say about his new artist. Check out Jeffree’s debut single/video below. Jeffree looks like he should be performing at some cheesy drag event in a Soho nightclub. His image/sound (judging by the first single) at this point in time just isn’t polished enough. But it will be interesting to see how well he []

AKON NO LONGER BACKS KONVICT FRAGRANCE

Earlier this year it was announced that the singer Akon would be releasing a new fragrance called Konvict, and as you can see below the bottle was shaped like a handcuff. People were not impressed. Myself included. Akon must have realized that perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to be seen endorsing this foolishness, because today Rhymes With Snitch reports that the singer has now distanced himself from the product. Akon says he was in talks with a fragrance company to []

AKON DENIED VISA AND ISSUES AN APOLOGY TO SRI LANKAN BUDDHISTS

After featuring bikini clad women in his latest video, which also features them dancing in front of the Buddha statue, R&B star Akon has now issued an apology to the Sri Lankan people, and has also had Visa application denied. Read the statement below. “I was not aware that the statue was even on the set of the video until now. I would never set out to offend or desecrate anyone’s religion or religious beliefs. “I myself am a spiritual man, so I can understand why they are offended, but []

AKON SPARKS RIOTS IN SRI LANKA

Via Digital Spy Sri Lankans outraged by Akon’s ‘desecration’ of a statue of the Buddah have protested against his upcoming concert in Colombo. The R&B singer has come under fire from locals who have taken offence to his video for ‘Sexy Chick’, which features groups of near-naked women dancing at a pool party in front a Buddah statue. Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese ethnic majority are mainly Buddhists. According to Billboard, around 200 Sri Lankans protested by throwing stones at the head office of []

AKON RELEASES NEW SCENT CALLED KONVICT

Singer Akon has created his own scent called Konvict, and the bottle is “imaginatively” shaped like a handcuff. Via Luxist and Rhymes With Snitch Konvict Femme combines notes of lemon and mandarin with vanilla and almond musk. Konvict Homme has fresh notes of bergamot and lemon with an earthy base of sandalwood and cedar. Each sells for $41.95 and10% of the proceeds will go to Akon’s Konfidence Foundation which is “dedicated to increasing public awareness of the conditions in Africa.” A scent called Konvict with a bottle made in []

UK NEWS: AKON SET TO HOST EVENING SHOW ON CAPITAL FM

The Guardian reports today that AKON will present a weekly Saturday evening show on 95.8  Capital FM. The singer will present his first show this Saturday between 7pm and 9pm. Click here to read more… Well.. well..well… I never saw this coming… Does anyone know why Capital’s top executives chose AKON? Enquiring minds would like to know….

UK MUSIC NEWS: RAPPER SWAY DASAFO ‘I WANT TO RETURN TO THE OLD ME’

UK Rapper Sway Dasafo went from being a successful independent artist to moving up in the world and signing to Akon’s label Konvict Music. But since signing to Konvict, Sway’s music/image seems to have gone down a different route. Pre-Konvict Post-Konvict I guess Akon’s attempts to turn him in to the UK’s “Mr Lover Man” bothered Sway judging from this message he posted on his Twitter page today..  after careful consideration and observation of the current UK music industry, I’ve decided, to return to the old me. Watch. Hmmmmm…interesting…..  i’ll be watching Sway! Silver & Gold sounds like the type of []

RAPPER SHOT DEAD, MAN CHARGED

I read about this terrible incident yesterday but didn’t get around to posting news on it until now. Another tragic and senseless killing. When will it all end? Via Billboard Rapper Dolla, born Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot and killed while waiting in the valet area of the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles on Monday (May 18). He was 21. According to the Los Angeles Times, the up-and-coming rapper, who signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label in 2007, had flown to Los []