AKON LOCKS UP NUMBER ONE SLOT AGAIN WITH THIRD SINGLE �â��DON�â��T MATTER�â��
Topping Billboard Hot 100 Singles, Airplay and Rhythm Crossover Chart
(New York, NY, March 27, 2007) �â�� Multiplatinum superstar artist/writer/producer Akon continues his unprecedented assault on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, jumping from #3 to #1 with �â��Don�â��t Matter,�â�� his sizzling third single from the double platinum-and-counting Konvicted, the song soaring to the top rung of the Hot 100 singles, Hot 100 Airplay and at the Rhythm Crossover format. The video for the top-requested song is also breaking new ground, becoming a mainstay at BET, VH-1 and MTV�â��s prestigious Big 10 rotation.
Two weeks ago, the RIAA certified the SRC/Universal Motown superstar�â��s sophomore disk double-platinum, with the charismatic artist blazing the cover of Vibe Magazine�â��s April issue. Dubbed the �â��last hitmaker�â�� by the urban tastemaker, the magnetic Akon wears the crown well when you consider he�â��s recently emblazoned his signature vocals and/or production style on songs for Bone Thugs N�â�� Harmony, Three 6 Mafia, T.I., and Chili of TLC. Not to mention the pop stalwarts he�â��s been collaborating with, including Gwen Stefani.
Akon will hit the road with the superstar diva in April on her Sweet Escape Tour, named after the song he co-partnered with Stefani, another chart-topping missle that has established the Senegalese icon (who�â��s also done his share of scrapping on the streets of St. Louis) as music�â��s most prodigious hitsmith. Akon�â��s prior smash hits from Konvicted, such as �â��Smack That,�â�� featuring Eminem, and �â��I Wanna Love You,�â�� featuring Snoop Dogg, held the #1 and #2 spots simulataneously, a feat achieved in modern chart history by only two other artists (Usher and Mariah Carey.) Akon�â��s magic has also held sway over the digital and mobile domains, cracking the #2 spot on the Billboard �â��Hot Digital Songs�â�� chart, and reigning as Cingular�â��s top-selling ringtone artist ever, becoming the only artist to have two double platinum ringtones, �â��Smack That�â�� and �â��I Wanna Love You.�â��
The Sweet Escape Tour will kick off on April 22 in San Diego at the Coors Amphitheatre and wraps on June 23 in Irvine at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.