Aliuane Badara Thiam (born April 30; 1973); better known by his stage name Akon (pronounced 'e?k?n ) is a WolofSenegalese-American hip hop and R & B singer-songwriter; rapper; and record producer. Akon rose to fame in 2004 following the release of his single -Locked Up- from his debut album Trouble.His second album; Konvicted; earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the single -Smack That-. He is the founder of Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He is well known for singing hooks and has over 145 guest appearances and 21 Billboard Hot 100 songs to his credit. He is the only artist to ever accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. "Angel" is the lead single from Sengalese singer/songwriter Akon's upcoming fourth studio album, Akonic. The single was released to U.S. Mainstream Radios on September 14, 2010, before being released as a digital download on September 17, 2010. The single is expected to be released in Ireland on November 5, 2010, and in the UK on November 8. The song peaked at #62 on Billboard Hot 100.