Trouble (Akon album)

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Trouble
Studio album by Akon
Released June 29, 2004
Recorded October 2003 – April 2004 at White Room Studio in Detroit, Michigan
Genre R&B, hip hop, reggae fusion
Length 49:57
Label UpFront, SRC, Universal
Producer Akon, Benny-D, Knobody, Shakim WIlliams, Pete Rock, Disco D
Akon chronology
Operations of Nature
(1996)
Trouble
(2004)
Konvicted
(2006)
Singles from Trouble
  1. "Locked Up"
    Released: April 13, 2004
  2. "Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim)[1]"
    Released: May 11, 2004
  3. "Ghetto"
    Released: December 21, 2004
  4. "Lonely"
    Released: February 21, 2005
  5. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)"
    Released: June 21, 2005
  6. "Pot of Gold"
    Released: November 15, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
musicOMH (mixed) link
RapReviews (6.5/10) link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Spin A− link

Trouble is the debut album by the Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer Akon, released in 2004. The album contains Akon's first worldwide hit single, "Lonely", however, the release of "Locked Up" propelled Akon to sign a record deal. The album performed well in the United Kingdom where it peaked at #1 on the UK Album Chart and has reached 2x platinum status in the United States with 2.8 million sales.

Background[edit]

Although "Lonely" offered the album's best option in terms of commercial breakthrough, SRC Records A&R Jerome Foster told HitQuarters that "Locked Up" was chosen because he wanted to break Akon in the streets first and work towards a cross-over. "Locked Up" is a street record. I thought that was the place for us to start to get a fan-base, knowing that we had a record like "Lonely", which was more commercial, to follow it."[3] The final appearance on the Billboard 200 was for the chart dated November 26, 2005. The album first appeared on the UK Album Chart on February 12, 2005. It slowly climbed up the chart before finally reaching the summit on April 30, 2005. It then spent two non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the UK Album Chart. Trouble is by far Akon's most successful album in the United Kingdom to date.

Release[edit]

When originally released in 2004, the UK version of the album contained thirteen tracks, whilst US versions of the album only contained twelve, omitting the song "Ghetto". The digital version of the US album includes the bonus track "Kill The Dance". In 2005, the UK version of the album was re-issued with additional bonus tracks "Gunshot" and a remix of "Locked Up". In Japan, the bonus tracks were the same, however, the track "Ghetto" was once again omitted. For its release across Europe in late 2004, the album was completely altered, with remixes of "Belly Dancer", "Lonely" and "Don't Give Up" replacing the original versions, issued in the US and UK. The European version also removes the track "I Wont" and replaces it with a brand new track, "Easy Road". In 2005, the album was reissued, this time with a bonus disc containing two brand new tracks, two remixes and six collaborations between Akon and other artists. In Europe, the bonus disc contained eleven tracks, adding an additional remix of "Ghetto" as track one. In 2006, all US versions of the album were removed from iTunes, replacing them with the European version. However, the European edition loses the track "Easy Road" and replaces it with the original track "I Wont", and also includes the US digital bonus track "Kill The Dance", instead of the remix of "Locked Up".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Locked Up"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:56
2. "Trouble Nobody"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, D. Grant, R. Thomas Akon 3:23
3. "Bananza (Belly Dancer)"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Lynval Golding, Terence Hall, Neville Staples Akon 4:00
4. "Gangsta" (featuring Daddy T, Picklehead and Devyne) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Torrey Pettigrew, Jonathan Mann, Darrick Stephens Akon 4:15
5. "Ghetto"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny Darius Akon, Pete Rock 3:55
6. "Pot of Gold"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim Allah Akon, Shakim Williams 3:36
7. "Show Out"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:25
8. "Lonely"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Bobby Vinton, Gene Allen Akon, Disco D 3:57
9. "When The Time's Right"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:44
10. "Journey"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Anthony Lawson Akon 4:18
11. "Don't Let Up"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Marty Reid, Benny Darius Akon, Benny D 4:04
Total length:
49:57
Second European edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "I Won't"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:16
13. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:50
British and Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "I Won't"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:16
13. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:50
14. "Gunshot"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dave Kelly Akon 2:56
15. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P and Taz) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:48
AlbumHunt special edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "A.T.L. to L.A. to N.Y.C." (featuring G-Unit and The Game) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Curtis Jackson, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Jayceon Taylor Akon 3:17
13. "Pot of Gold" (Remix) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim Allah Akon, Shakim Williams 3:52
14. "Show Out" (Remix) (featuring Dru Hill) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Mark Andrews, Larry Anthony, Tamir Ruffin, James Green Akon 3:12
15. "Ghetto" (Remix) (featuring Ali-B and Yes-R) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny Darius Akon, Pete Rock 3:57
16. "Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim)"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dave Kelly Akon 2:56
17. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:50
18. "I Won't"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:16
American and First European edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "Easy Road"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim Allah Akon, Shakim Williams 3:22
13. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:50
Total length:
49:57
European enhanced edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "Easy Road"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim Allah Akon, Shakim WIlliams 3:22
13. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:50
14. "Locked Up" (featuring Booba) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles, Elie "Booba" Yaffa Akon, Knobody 3:42
15. "Locked Up" (Music video)      
16. "Ghetto" (Music video)      
17. "Lonely" (Music video)      
iTunes Store edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "I Won't"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:16
13. "Kill The Dance (Got Something For Ya)" (featuring Kardinal Offishall) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jason Harrow, Dwayne Chin-Quee Akon, Supa-Dups 2:58
French edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "I Won't"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:16
13. "Locked Up" (featuring Booba) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles, Elie "Booba" Yaffa Akon, Knobody 4:24
Total length:
54:21
German edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "I Won't"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Akon 3:16
13. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:50
14. "Locked Up" (featuring Azad) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles Akon, Knobody 3:42
Total length:
54:21

Deluxe Edition[edit]

Trouble: Deluxe Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (featuring Kardinal Offishall) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, James Harrow, Kardinal Offishall Akon 3:28
2. "Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim)"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dave Kelly Akon 2:56
3. "Senegal"   Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Anthony Hamilton, Mark Batson Akon 2:53
4. "Keep on Callin'" (P-Money featuring Akon) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Peter Waddams Akon, P-Money 3:34
5. "Never Gonna Get It" (Sean Biggs featuring Akon) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Ron Feemster, Sean Biggs Akon, Ron Feemster 3:50
6. "Miss Melody" (Miri Ben-Ari featuring Akon) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Miri Ben-Ari Akon, Miri Ben-Ari 3:50
7. "Kill the Dance (Got Something For Ya)" (featuring Kardinal Offishall) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jason Harrow, Dwayne Quin-Chee Akon, Supa-Dups 2:58
8. "Find Us (In the Back of the Club)" (The Beatnuts featuring Akon) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jerry Tineo, Lester Fernandez Akon, The Beatnuts 3:15
9. "Baby I'm Back" (Baby Bash featuring Akon) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Ron Bryant, Taylor Dow Akon, Bryan Stanley 3:48
10. "Yey" (Grady Babyz featuring Akon) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Torrey Pettigrew, Jonathan Mann Akon 4:32
Netherlands edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "Ghetto" (Remix) (featuring Ali-B and Yes-R) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny Darius Akon, Pete Rock 3:57

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
The Singles by Basement Jaxx
Devils & Dust by Bruce Springsteen
UK number one album
May 1, 2005 – May 7, 2005
May 15, 2005 – May 21, 2005
Succeeded by
Devils & Dust by Bruce Springsteen
Heart and Soul by Steve Brookstein

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