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pov
Feb 17th, 2010, 11:21 PM
Probably many here already know that but I was surprised. Kinda cool


Akon says Lady Gaga 'pretty much retired me'
AP, Feb 17, 2010 9:00 am PST
Sure, Akon has a new album coming out this year. But thanks to Lady Gaga, he doesn't really need it financially at least.

"She's pretty much retired me," the singer said of Gaga, who is signed to his KonLive imprint at Interscope Records. "She was definitely a blessing. She came at the right moment. I'm glad I believed in her, boy. That goes to show you, if you believe in something strong enough, it will pay off."

Gaga, one of last year's top-selling artists, was dropped from at least one major record label. She was available just as Akon closed his deal with Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, the Senegalese singer said in a recent interview.

"And I was like 'Yo, I want to sign that right there. She needs to be under my umbrella,'" Akon said. "Jimmy was like 'Yeah, whatever you want. Take her. Let's get it done.' And she just blossomed into a super megastar, man."




Gaga is one of several artists to be featured on Akon's next album. Others include Dutch dance DJ-producer Chuckie and David Guetta, the exuberant French producer behind The Black Eyed Peas' smash "I Gotta Feeling" who recently collaborated with Akon on "Sexy ..."

Akon says he's not the only one energized by the merging of Euro house beats with American R&B melodies and hip-hop rhythms.

"You've got some straight hardcore hip-hop guys actually moving into the dance realm," Akon said. "And that's shocking. When you've got someone like Dr. Dre about to do a dance record ... that's crazy."

Akon wouldn't comment further on the Dr. Dre effort, except to say: "it actually sounds great. He played it for me. I was shocked. So I was like 'Wow, that's dope. When the world hears this, they might go crazy.' ... When you've got the two worlds mixed together, clashing, it's going to be a monster."

As for his next CD, due out sometime later this year, the sound is even more expansive than his third album, 2008's "Freedom," Akon says.

"It's on a whole 'nother level," he said. "We named it 'Stadium,' because it's one of those records. We're going to do straight stadium tours overseas with this record."

Those shows will be toned down from the sometimes wild performances of years past, according to the singer, whose given name is Aliaune Thiam. Akon was ordered to perform 65 hours of community service after pleading guilty to tossing a teen off stage at a June 2007 New York concert, and drew criticism earlier that year when he was videotaped simulating sex onstage with a teenage girl (he said he didn't know she was underage).

"I forgot how popular I am," he explains. "I started to realize the kind of arena that I'm playing in. Before, you could just do whatever you want to do onstage and it's entertaining. Now, it's not quite entertaining."

Akon isn't just sticking to music, though. He's moving ahead with a feature film project that he would star in, saying: "I just want it to be a movie with a great story, great cinematography, to a point where people are like 'Wow, that was great. I didn't expect that from him.'"

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 17th, 2010, 11:54 PM
Yeah. I read the story while I was getting my hair did. :help:
I was surprised myself that he took such a risk on Lady Gaga but he did.
Although I don't like him as an artist, I respect his ambitions.

LeonHart
Feb 18th, 2010, 12:25 AM
He got lucky. Srsly though, Lady Gaga is extremely talented. No one else was able to see her talent? I find that hard to believe.

Vartan
Feb 18th, 2010, 12:45 AM
He got lucky. Srsly though, Lady Gaga is extremely talented. No one else was able to see her talent? I find that hard to believe.

They get noticed for their looks and not for their talents.

spiritedenergy
Feb 18th, 2010, 12:50 AM
if I were him i wouldn't bet on this, the talentless hag will be a nobody come a couple of years...

Donny
Feb 18th, 2010, 12:58 AM
if I were him i wouldn't bet on this, the talentless hag will be a nobody come a couple of years...

Is that Rihanna in your avatar?

woosey
Feb 18th, 2010, 01:04 AM
i read a little blurb about this several months ago and was surprised that hardly anything has ever been made of it.

i like gaga and i hope she has the staying power of madonna. i think she's great.

she's talented. and what i like about her more is that she's intelligent, and in a way that britney, beyonce, rihanna, and christina don't appear to be. she's not silly or an airhead - there was this interview with a swedish(?) guy i saw on youtube that really impressed me.

i don't like akon, but gaga's cool. and hats off to him for seeing her talent. those other execs were too busy looking for their next cookie cutter bimbo to recognize what she has. good for akon.

woosey
Feb 18th, 2010, 01:08 AM
He got lucky. Srsly though, Lady Gaga is extremely talented. No one else was able to see her talent? I find that hard to believe.

akon did not get lucky. gaga got lucky.

and, you've got to be very naive to believe that the entertainment industry is about talent alone.

gaga is a throwback. the only girls who seem to get attention are the ones who embody the prevailing idea of beauty - blond, weaved out (if she's black), shaking you ass nonstop, airheaded, uninteresting music, etc.

i like gaga. she's imposing.

harloo
Feb 18th, 2010, 01:50 AM
He got lucky. Srsly though, Lady Gaga is extremely talented. No one else was able to see her talent? I find that hard to believe.


:haha::haha:Akon has been making huge pop hits for years. He's a well accomplished artist with an eye for talent. If anything Lady Gaga should be kissing his feet for signing her to his imprint because from what I heard she was dropped a few times(not once).

And apparently you have little knowledge of the music industry. It doesn't matter how talented you are it's all about marketability. And Lady Gaga the regular pop/dance artist just wasn't appealing enough to become a huge star. Akon was very tactical in the way he marketed her specifically to the gay community.

pov
Feb 18th, 2010, 02:33 AM
And apparently you have little knowledge of the music industry. It doesn't matter how talented you are it's all about marketability. And Lady Gaga the regular pop/dance artist just wasn't appealing enough to become a huge star. Akon was very tactical in the way he marketed her specifically to the gay community.
You think someone gets four #1 hits mostly because of gay people? The numbers aren't there to make that seem likely.

PlayByPlay
Feb 18th, 2010, 03:12 AM
Akon sure is lucky. As for retiring he should still get off his butt and go work and not depend on Gaga. I bet the other record label that dropped her is regretting they did. :lol:

darkchild
Feb 18th, 2010, 03:30 AM
Is that Rihanna in your avatar?


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