Locked Up (song)

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"Locked Up"
Akon - Locked Up - CD cover.jpg
Single by Akon
from the album Trouble
ReleasedApril 13, 2004
RecordedOctober 2003
Akon singles chronology
"Locked Up"
"Find Us"

"Locked Up" is the debut single by American singer Akon, taken as the lead single from his album, Trouble. The single was released in 2004, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, "Locked Up" peaked within the top 10 of the charts in the Republic of Ireland and the UK.


Although it was widely regarded that "Lonely" offered the album's best option in terms of commercial breakthrough and lead single as well as 1st single, SRC A&R and producer Knobody chose "Locked Up" as the 1st and lead single because he wanted to break Akon in the streets 1st, and then cross-over. In an interview for HitQuarters, he claimed: "Locked Up" is a street record. I thought that was the place for us to start to get a fan-base, knowing that weight. We thought really carefully about the record, what touches people and will get people's attention – so we added references of his kin and kith sending him magazines, money-orders, to visit him, ask where his lawyer is, accept his phone calls and ask "where're my niggaz on lockdown." The song was designed a breakout hit for Akon, something that could shape the future of his personal life and widely successful musical career. I worked on what I call "drops" – points in the record where it feels different, to break the monotony and make it a little more interesting."[1]

Knobody produced an alternate of the song, featuring Styles P, which appears as both a B-side on the single and as a bonus track on the UK version of the album. In 2004, T-Pain sampled the song in a parody recording "I'm Fucked Up", which became a main factor in him getting signed to Konvict Kartel. In 2005, the song was sampled in the track "Won't Let Me Out" by C-Murder. A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by FlyyKai, and was edited to both the album version and the remix featuring Styles P. The French CD single also has a remix featuring French rapper Booba, which is also Akon's favorite "Locked Up" remix[2]. Another remix featuring Styles and British rapper Taz was included on the UK version of Trouble.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Locked Up" – 3:56
  2. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:54
  4. "Locked Up" (Video) (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:54
UK 12" vinyl
  1. "Locked Up" – 3:56
  2. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:54
  4. "Locked Up" (Instrumental) – 3:56
German CD single
  1. "Locked Up" (featuring Azad) – 3:50
  2. "Locked Up" (Without Rap) – 3:33
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  4. "Gunshot" – 2:56
UK promo single – The Global Remixes[3]
  1. "Locked Up" – 3:56
  2. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:56
  4. "Locked Up" (featuring Azad) – 3:50
  5. "Locked Up" (featuring Savage) – 3:50
  6. "Locked Up" (featuring Booba) – 3:50
  7. "Locked Up" (featuring Mayhem) – 4:22
  8. "Locked Up" (featuring Julio Voltio) – 3:50


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 64
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 26
France (SNEP)[6] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 71
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[14] 29
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 6


Country Provider Certification Sales
Brazil ABPD Gold[16] 50,000+
United States RIAA Gold[17] 500,000+


  1. ^ "Interview With Knobody". HitQuarters. Sep 27, 2005. Retrieved Jul 1, 2010.
  2. ^ DH.be. "«Je représente le Sénégal aux Etats-Unis»". DH.be (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-19. Ma version préférée est celle avec Booba. (My favorite version is the one with Booba)
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Akon-Locked-Up-Global-Remixes/release/555209
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Akon – Locked Up" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Akon – Locked Up" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Akon – Locked Up" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Akon – Locked Up". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 9, 2005". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Akon – Locked Up" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Akon – Locked Up" Canciones Top 50.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Akon – Locked Up". Swiss Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Akon: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Akon Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Akon". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2012.

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