The discography of Akon , a Senegalese American singer, songwriter, rapper and music producer, consists of five studio albums , four mixtapes , one extended play , thirty eight singles , eight promotional singles and ninety-two music videos. Born in St. Louis , Missouri , Akon lived in Senegal with his family until the age of seven, when they returned to the United States to live in New Jersey. A three-year prison sentence inspired Akon to begin recording songs in his home studio: Universal Records signed him after becoming aware of his music, and his debut album Trouble was released in June Akon's increasing popularity led to him making numerous guest appearances on other artists' songs:  in , he appeared on the singles " Baby I'm Back " by Baby Bash and " Soul Survivor " by Young Jeezy , which charted at number 19 and number four on the Billboard Hot respectively.
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He rose to prominence in following the release of " Locked Up ", the first single from his debut album Trouble , followed by the second single " Lonely. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot charts twice. Akon has sung songs in other languages including Hindi and Spanish. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the number-one selling artist for master ringtones in the world. Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot songs, resulting in five Grammy Awards nominations. He has released six solo albums and has handled the majority of production on his solo work and guest features. Louis to a Muslim family.
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