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'Lonely' Remains Chart Topping Phenomenon

'Lonely' #3 Two Weeks in A Row on Billboard's U.S. Singles Charts: Hot 100 Pop 100

#1 Single ('Lonely') and #1 Album (Trouble) in the U.K.

NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SRC artist Akon continues his unprecedented global success both here and abroad. The talented singer/songwriter holds steady this week with his smash hit single, "Lonely," nearing the top of the Billboard's Hot 100 and Pop singles charts at #3 for a second week in a row. The sizzling song from the platinum-plus album, Trouble, is also Top 10 in on the Hot Digital Songs (#5) chart.

Akon explodes across Europe with one of the best selling albums in recent months. This week, the unstoppable Akon emerges as a worldwide phenomenon, landing a remarkable feat of chart domination, with the #1 single ("Lonely") and album (Trouble) in the UK.

The provocative artist has also landed upcoming sold out performances in several countries around the globe, including Denmark, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, with plans in the works for Japan, Australia and New Zealand, later this summer. Akon will also perform in his parent's homeland, Dakar, Senegal for two sold-out stadium shows June 3 - 4.

Akon's debut single, the acclaimed "Locked Up," is also still putting up stellar numbers around the world, becoming a Top 5 single in the UK, garnering the #3 spot in France, as well as topping the charts in other territories throughout Europe. The inaugural single from Trouble made a monumental splash here in the states, becoming a huge hit on the R&B and hip hop charts.

Akon's roots in music can be traced back to his father, the legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam. Exposed to many forms of music at an early age, Akon gravitated towards hip-hop as a teen-ager, but he is a true musician who refuses to be limited. The charismatic performer has collaborated with a diverse range of artists that include: Baby Bash, Jesse McCartney, Brian McKnight, Styles P and Bobby Vinton -- whose "Mr. Lonely" inspired Akon's current hit "Lonely."

Source: Universal Motown

CONTACT: Shirronda Sweet, +1-212-841-8622, Shirronda.sweet@umusic.com,
or Wendy Washington, +1-212-373-0702, wendy.washington@umusic.com, both of
Universal Motown

Web site: http://www.universalrecords.com/

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