Don't Matter

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"Don't Matter"
Single by Akon
from the album Konvicted
Released January 18, 2007 (2007-01-18)
(see Release history)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Reggae fusion, R&B
Length 4:54
Label Konvict/UpFront/SRC/Universal
Writer(s) Aliaune Thiam, Anthony Lawson, Robert Kelly
Producer(s) Akon
Certification 3x Platinum (RIAA)
Platinum (RIANZ)
Akon singles chronology
"The Sweet Escape"
"Don't Matter"
"I Tried"

"Don't Matter" is a reggae fusionR&B song recorded by Akon for his second studio album, Konvicted (2006).[1] The song was released as the album's third single in early 2007. In April 2007, it became Akon's first solo U.S. number-one single and second number-one overall. A crucial part of the chorus uses Bob Marley's 1979 classic "Zimbabwe". The bridge also borrows the melody from R. Kelly's song "Ignition (Remix)". This song was #31 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[2] This song was also #81 on MTV Asia‍ '​s list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't Matter" was released in the United States in mid-January 2007. The song made its debut at number seventy-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one after ten weeks on the chart, in large part due to its substantial airplay, the song topping the Hot 100 Airplay chart for two weeks. In the United Kingdom, it debuted on the singles chart at number forty-five, based solely upon downloads, and late peaking at number three following a physical release. Following the song's debut inside the top ten on the singles chart in Canada, it peaked at number one for a period of three weeks. As of January 2008, the song has been certified 3 times platinum for 3,000,000 digital sales. Bizzy Bone made a remix with this song, so did Candace Jones, Jadiel and Nivea. As of 2011, the song has sold 5,600,000 copies both in the United States and internationally.


Fall Out Boy performed a cover of "Don't Matter" for their live album, **** Live in Phoenix. They also performed the song at their June 12, 2007 concert, the night after their bassist Pete Wentz got in a fight with a fan. Canadian singer Lights often covered the song for her live shows. Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte did a cover of "Don't Matter" live in Festival de Verão Salvador with Akon in January 2010.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Gil Green and starts with Akon picking up his date which happens to be his cousin (Klari Aniz) at a location. As he leaves with this date, an old man (presumably a relative of the date) is shown both reading a magazine about Akon partying at local clubs and staring at the two with an angry look. The video continues with Akon singing "Don't Matter" throughout the course of his date. It is set in a Caribbean beach style community at social places such as the beach, village market, and a dance. A scene in the video where Akon photographs his date actually removing her bra has led to extremely shocking controversy as he ends up getting with his cousin. Notably, in the video's final scene, the music becomes much more lively, with a Caribbean style rhythm playing under the songs chorus. It has a cameo appearance by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.


UK CD single / European CD single #1
  1. "Don't Matter" - 4:09
  2. "Shake Down" (Remix) (Feat. Red Cafe) - 4:28
European CD single #2[4]
  1. "Don't Matter" (Konvict Remix) - 5:46
  2. "Don't Matter" (Calypso Remix) - 5:38
  3. "Don't Matter" (Original Radio Edit) - 4:09
  4. "Don't Matter" (Video) - 4:15
Australian CD single
  1. "Don't Matter" (Radio Edit) - 3:02
  2. "Shake Down" (Remix) (Feat. Red Cafe) - 4:28
  3. "Easy Road" - 3:59
  4. "Don't Matter" (Video) - 4:15

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States January 19, 2007 (2007-01-19)
Australia June 30, 2007 (2007-06-30)
United Kingdom October 15, 2007 (2007-10-15)


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
  3. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 2007-12-27
  4. ^ "Akon - Don't Matter Remixes (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  5. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Akon.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200735 into search.
  9. ^ "Akon – Don't Matter" (in Danish). Tracklisten.
  10. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Akon.
  11. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Akon > Don't Matter –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 20, 2007". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter". VG-lista.
  19. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200728 into search.
  20. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter" Canciones Top 50.
  21. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter". Singles Top 60.
  22. ^ " – Akon – Don't Matter". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Akon: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Akon.
  25. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Akon.
  26. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult R&B Songs for Akon.
  27. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Airplay for Akon.
  28. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Akon.
  29. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Akon.
  30. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Akon.
  31. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Year-End 2007". Retrieved 2012-04-15. 

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