Lonely (Akon song)

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"Lonely (Mr. Lonely)"
Single by Akon
from the album Trouble
Released February 21, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Hip hop soul
Length 3:55 (Album Version)
3:33 (UK Radio Edit)
Label SRC, Universal
Writer(s) Akon, Bobby Vinton, Gene Allen
Producer(s) Disco D
Akon singles chronology
"Belly Dancer (Bananza)"
Music video
"Lonely" on YouTube
Alternative cover
European cover

"Lonely" (also known as "Mr. Lonely") is a single by Senegalese-American R&B and hip hop singer Akon; it appears on his debut album, Trouble. The single was released in 2005 and was his first worldwide hit. It reached number one in several countries, including in the United Kingdom and Germany (where it stayed there for eight weeks), and Australia. It was also highly popular in France where it reached number two, and in the United States when it peaked at #4. An edited version was on Radio Disney and on Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 8.


When Akon was signed by Universal imprint SRC Records it was "Lonely" that had immediately caught the attention of SRC A&R Jerome Foster and convinced him of Akon's talents.[1] On hearing the demo track he had said, "This kid is official - this is a huge record."[1] Despite offering the album's best option in terms of commercial breakthrough, SRC Records chose "Locked Up" over "Lonely" as the first single because SRC wanted to break Akon in the streets first and work towards a cross-over.[1] According to Foster in an interview with HitQuarters, ""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."[1]

Writing and inspiration[edit]

The song uses sped-up samples from Bobby Vinton's song "Mr. Lonely", providing a vocal sound similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks, made famous by producers such as RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Newcleus and Kanye West. The song is written by Gene Allen, Bobby Vinton, and Akon himself. Another version with a faster pace exists that is about 3 minutes and 45 seconds long. The lyrics are sung mainly by Akon as well as Bobby Vinton doing parts of the choruses.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Gil Green. Actress Katerina Graham starred in the video as Akon's love partner. A competition winner, Daniel Ellwood, also starred in the video.


UK CD1[2]
  1. "Lonely" (Clean Version) - 3:58
  2. "Trouble Nobody" (Explicit) - 3:21
UK CD2[3]
  1. "Lonely" (UK Radio Edit) - 3:33
  2. "Trouble Nobody" (Clean) - 3:21
  3. "Kill The Dance (Got Something For Ya)" (Feat. Kardinal Offishall) - 2:54
  4. "Lonely" (Video) - 3:58
US CD single[4]
  1. "Lonely" (Clean Version) - 3:58
  2. "Lonely" (Instrumental Version) - 3:58
  3. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (Snippet) - 1:31


The song was a #1 hit in several countries including Australia, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium and Switzerland. The song reached #2 in France, Norway and Sweden. The song also reached #19 in Finland.[5] As of August 2014, it is the 106th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 294,000 units sold.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Is This the Way to Amarillo" by Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
May 5, 2005 – May 26, 2005
Succeeded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog
UK Singles Chart number-one single
May 8, 2005 – May 21, 2005
Succeeded by
"Lyla" by Oasis
Preceded by
"Don't Phunk with My Heart" by The Black Eyed Peas
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
June 13, 2005 – July 11, 2005
Succeeded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog
Preceded by
"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
July 10, 2005 – July 17, 2005
Preceded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
August 14, 2005
Succeeded by
"Ghetto Gospel" by 2Pac featuring Elton John


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