Konvicted

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Konvicted
Studio album by Akon
Released November 14, 2006
Recorded Late 2006 at White Room Studios (Detroit, MI)
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 48:05
Label Konvict, UpFront, SRC, Universal Motown, Disturbing tha Peace
Producer Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort, Eminem, Rune Rask, Troo.L.S, Ghulam Sajid, SuperVillain Beats, T-Pain
Akon chronology
Trouble
(2004)
Konvicted
(2006)
Freedom
(2008)
Singles from Konvicted
  1. "Smack That"
    Released: September 28, 2006
  2. "I Wanna Love You"
    Released: October 5, 2006
  3. "Don't Matter"
    Released: January 18, 2007
  4. "Mama Africa"
    Released: May 15, 2007
  5. "Sorry, Blame It on Me"
    Released: July 17, 2007
  6. "I Can't Wait"
    Released: March 31, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
DJBooth.net 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin (6/10)[8]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today 3/4 stars[10]

Konvicted is the second studio album by hip hop and R&B Senegalese-American singer Akon. It was released in November 2006. The album features collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Styles P and T-Pain. He went on to become Billboard’s Top Artist of 2007, the #2 Hot 100 Producer of the Year, and #2 Hot 100 Songwriter of the year after the album was released.

Background[edit]

Konvicted is Akon's most successful album worldwide. The album received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. On November 20, 2007, the RIAA certified the album ‘triple platinum’ with 3 million units sold in the US. It has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. The album was accompanied by several different bonus tracks depending on territory. In the UK, the track "Gringo" was issued. "Gringo" also became a bonus track for Target customers in the US. In Japan, the UK B-Side "Struggle Everyday" became the final track on the album. "Struggle Everyday" also became a bonus track for Circuit City customers in the US. All digital versions of the album come accompanied by a remix of "I Wanna Love You", featuring Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Walmart customers in the US were treated to four exclusive bonus tracks, including unreleased tracks "Fair To You" and "Still Alone", plus Walmart Live Soundcheck versions of "Mama Africa" and "I Wanna Love You". The Platinum Edition of the album, issued in 2007, came complete with the new single "Sorry Blame It On Me", a new track entitled "Rush", and a remix of "Don't Matter". Some editions of the album also came packaged with a bonus DVD, containing a thirty-minute documentary and three music videos."Smack That", "I Wanna Love You" and "Don't Matter" were certified 3x platinum by RIAA. Also "Never Took the Time" was released as promotional single on October 16, 2007.[11] Snoop Dogg, under the moniker Snoop Lion, recorded a cover of "Tired of Runnin'" for his debut reggae album, Reincarnated.

Chart performance[edit]

Konvicted debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 284,000 copies that week.[12] The album was able to stay within the top twenty for 28 consecutive weeks, but eventually started to drop slowly. On November 19, 2007, the RIAA certified Konvicted 3x platinum status with 3 million units sold in the United States. The album became the second best selling record of the year on the Billboard 200 charts.[13]'

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Shake Down"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Giorgio Tuinfort Akon & Giorgio Tuinfort 3:52
2. "Blown Away" (featuring Styles P) Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort, David "Styles P" Styles Giorgio Tuinfort & Akon 3:29
3. "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) Akon, Marshall "Eminem" Mathers, Luis Resto, Mike Strange Eminem 3:32
4. "I Wanna Love You" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Akon, Cordozar Broadus Jr. Akon 4:07
5. "The Rain"   Akon, Dwight "Skrapp" Reynolds, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas Akon 3:27
6. "Never Took the Time"   Akon, Keon Bryce, Steve Skinner Akon 3:57
7. "Mama Africa"   Akon, Hakim Abdulsamad, D. Browne, Bobby Dixon, E. Dwyer, P. Elton, B. Alp Akon 4:26
8. "I Can't Wait" (featuring T-Pain) Akon, Faheem "T-Pain" Najm Akon & T-Pain 3:46
9. "Gangsta Bop"   Akon, T. Nielsen, Rune Rask Akon, Troo.L.S & Rask 4:06
10. "Tired of Runnin'"   Akon, H. Banks, C. Hampton, R. Jackson Akon 4:33
11. "Once In a While"   Akon, Brian "Benny Demus" Boulai, S. Crocker, Skip Prokop Benny-D & Akon 3:57
12. "Don't Matter"   Akon, Bob Marley, R. Kelly, A. Lawson Akon 4:53
Total length:
48:05

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Devyne Stephens and Akon
  • A&R Direction: Devyne Stephens and Akon
  • A&R Administration: Tashia Stafford and Jason "Chyld" Kpana
  • Creative Direction: Devyne Stephens
  • Mastered: Eddy Schreyer
  • Marketing: Elise Wright and Jason "Chyld" Kpana
  • Art Direction & Design: Joe Spix
  • Photographer: Jonathan Mannion
  • Wardrobe Stylist: Fiskani
  • Legal: Sandra L. Brown
  • Corrdinator: Cragg Brown
  • Samples: "Rush" - Mantenha O Respeito by "Planet Hemp", "Smack That" - Faint by Linkin Park

Peak position and certification[edit]

Chart[14] Providers Peak
position
Certification Sales
The Billboard 200 Billboard 2[15] 3x Platinum 3,000,000+
Billboard Comprehensive Albums Billboard 2[16]
Billboard Internet Albums Billboard 2[15]
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Billboard 2[15]
The Official UK Album Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 16[17] 3x Platinum 490,000+[18]
Australian Album Chart ARIA 16[19] Platinum 70,000+
Australian Urban Album Chart ARIA 3[19] Gold
Belgian Album Chart Ultratop / Nielsen 15[20] Gold 350,000+
Brazilian Albums Chart ABPD 3x Platinum[21] 250,000+
Canadian Albums Chart Nielsen Soundscan 4[15] 2x Platinum[22] 200,000+
Czech Album Chart IFPI 23[23]
Danish Album Chart IFPI / Nielsen 31[24]
French Album Chart SNEP/IFOP 7[25] 2x Platinum 400,000+[26]
Irish Album Chart IRMA 12[27] Platinum[28]
Japanese Album Chart Oricon 18[29] Gold[30] 85,000+[29]
New Zealand Album Chart RIANZ 1[31] Gold[32] 100,000+
Swedish Album Chart GLF 41[33]    
Swiss Album Chart Media Control Europe 23[34] Gold[35] 98,100+
Preceded by
Because of the Times by Kings of Leon
RIANZ New Zealand number one album
April 16, 2007 - April 23, 2007
Succeeded by
Treasure by Hayley Westenra

References[edit]

Note: All citations to magazine articles lead to a website where scans of these magazines can be viewed free of charge

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ DJ Booth review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ The Guardian review
  5. ^ HipHopDX review
  6. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Spin review
  9. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  10. ^ USA Today review[dead link]
  11. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  12. ^ "The Game Wins No. 1 On The Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  13. ^ "'Daughtry' Named Billboard Top Seller in '07". ew.com. December 14, 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Chart Data: Akon". Mariah-Charts.com. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Akon: Billboard albums". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Comprehensive Albums". Billboard tymagazine. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  17. ^ Konvicted UK Sales Archive
  18. ^ Total UK Sales So Far
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  20. ^ "Belgian Album Chart". Entertainment.Skynet.be. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  21. ^ "Associaусo Brasileira de Produtores de Disco". ABPD. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  22. ^ Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum
  23. ^ "Czech Albums Chart". IFPIcr.cz. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  24. ^ "Danish Album Chart". DanishCharts.com. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  25. ^ "French Albums Chart". LesCharts.com. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  26. ^ French Sales
  27. ^ "Irish Album Chart". IRMA.ie. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  28. ^ The Irish Charts - All there is to know
  29. ^ a b "Japanese Album Chart". Jbbs.LiveDoor.jp. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  30. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年05月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (May 2011)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  31. ^ "New Zealand Albums Chart". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  32. ^ "Recording Industry Association of New Zealand". RIANZ.org.nz. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  33. ^ "Swedish Album Chart". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  34. ^ "Swiss Album Chart". HitParade.ch. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  35. ^ The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community