El Negreeto

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El Negreeto
Akon – El Negreeto album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
Genre
Length27:41
Language
LabelAkonik Label Group
Producer
Akon chronology
Freedom
(2008)
El Negreeto
(2019)
Akonda
(2019)
Singles from El Negreeto
  1. "Cómo No"
    Released: September 6, 2019

El Negreeto (English: The Dark One)[2] is the fourth studio album by Senegalese American recording artist Akon, released on October 4, 2019, under his new independent record label Akonik Label Group, in association with BMG Rights Management.[3] It is his first studio album in 11 years since Freedom (2008). The album serves as his first Spanish-language album and features a number of guest appearances from Farruko, Becky G, Anitta, and Pitbull, while the production was led by Akon himself, alongside a variety of producers such as Camilo Echeverry, Jimmy Joker, IAmChino, Mau y Ricky, Jon Leone and Maffio. All songs recorded and mixed by Matthew Weiss. The album was a&r by Hiro "HirOshima" Oshima which debuted at No.1 on the iTunes Latin albums Chart, making him the first African American artist to have a number one Latin album.[4]

The album is one of the three part series of albums by Akon to be released in 2019. His fifth album Akonda was released on October 25th, and his upcoming sixth album Konnect will be released on December 13th.

Background[edit]

Akon announced that he has founded his new independent record label Akonik Label Group, comprising four distinct labels Akonda (Afrobeats), Akonik (United States), Ke Lo Ke (Latin America) and Jamakon (Caribbean) as well as releasing four albums later in the year.[5][6] He will start off by releasing a Latin album El Negreeto, an Afrobeats album Akonda, and a Hip hop and R&B album Konnect. He will finish this off by releasing a collaborative album The Konnection in December 2019, which will include guest artists such as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull and Ty Dolla Sign, among others.[7]

The album was meant to be released on August 31, 2019, but it got delayed to October 4, 2019. The album's track listing were revealed by Billboard on October 2, 2019.[1]

Singles[edit]

Mexican-American singer Becky G (pictured) is a featured artist on the lead single "Cómo No"

The album's promotional single, "Get Money" featuring guest vocals from Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA was released on May 31, 2019.[8] It was produced by Wav. A music video has since been released.[9] The record was excluded from the album when the official tracklist was revealed.

The album's lead single, "Cómo No" featuring guest vocals from Mexican-American singer Becky G was released on September 6, 2019[10] with an accompanying music video being broadcast in Time Square. They performed the song live for the first time at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adopted from Tidal.[11]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Te Quiero Amar" (featuring Pitbull)Maffio3:46
2."Báilame Lento"
  • Thiam
  • Mendoza
  • Jimmy Paul Thornfeldt
  • Jorge Gomez
  • Jose Garcia
  • Yulien Oviedo
  • IAmChino
  • Jimmy Joker
  • Maffio
4:02
3."Cómo No" (featuring Becky G)
3:13
4."Boom, Boom" (featuring Anitta)
  • Akon
  • Maffio
2:32
5."Dile"
  • Thiam
  • Mendoza
  • Milton Restituyo
  • Richard Pena
  • Maffio
  • Matthew Weiss
3:12
6."Innocente"
  • Thiam
  • Mendoza
  • Miguel Duran Jr.
  • Pedro Polanco
Maffio3:24
7."Sólo Tú" (featuring Farruko)
  • Matthew Weiss
  • Maffio
3:41
8."Baila Conmigo"
  • Thiam
  • Mendoza
  • Isreal Palma
  • Yonathan Then
Maffio3:51
Total length:27:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
US Billboard Latin Album Sales[12] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Akon Reveals Spanish-Language 'El Negreeto' Album Track List: Hear a Preview (Exclusive)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Alston, Trey. "Akon Breaks Down His Journey Into Reggaeton With Becky G And New Album El Negreeto". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  3. ^ https://music.apple.com/us/album/el-negreeto/1481901142
  4. ^ "@akon #elnegreeto #1 on @applemusic Latin charts". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  5. ^ https://variety.com/2019/music/news/akon-kedar-massenburg-label-group-1203233334/
  6. ^ https://www.billboard.com/amp/articles/business/8514419/akonik-label-group-akon-kedar-massenburg
  7. ^ https://hiphop-n-more.com/2019/10/akon-talks-4-albums-collaborations-secret-project/
  8. ^ "GET MONEY - Single by Akon & Anuel AA" – via music.apple.com.
  9. ^ "Watch Akon & Anuel AA 'Get Money' New Music Video". OnSMASH.
  10. ^ "‎¿Cómo No? (feat. Becky G) - Single by Akon" – via music.apple.com.
  11. ^ "El Negreeto by Akon on TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/akon/chart-history/LAT