Trouble (Akon album)

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Trouble
AkonTrouble.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2004
RecordedOctober 2003 – April 2004 at White Room Studio in Detroit, Michigan
Genre
Length42:28
LabelUpFront, SRC, Universal
ProducerAkon, Benny-D, Knobody, Shakim Williams, Disco D
Akon chronology
Trouble
(2004)
Konvicted
(2006)
Singles from Trouble
  1. "Locked Up"
    Released: April 13, 2004
  2. "Ghetto"
    Released: December 21, 2004
  3. "Lonely"
    Released: February 21, 2005
  4. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)"
    Released: June 21, 2005
  5. "Pot of Gold"
    Released: November 15, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars link
musicOMH(mixed) link
RapReviews(6.5/10) link
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[1]
SpinA− link

Trouble is the debut album by American hip hop and R&B singer Akon, released in 2004. The album contains Akon's worldwide hit single, "Lonely", which was his commercial breakthrough. However, the release of "Locked Up" propelled Akon to sign a record deal. "Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim)" was released as promotional single on May 11, 2004.[2] The album performed well in the United Kingdom where it peaked at No. 1 on the UK Album Chart. Trouble sold 25,000 copies in the first week,[3] and certified Platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has sold 1.6 million copies.[4]

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."[5] 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 another 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.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Locked Up"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:56
2."Trouble Nobody"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dwight Grant, Ricardo ThomasAkon3:23
3."Bananza (Belly Dancer)"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Lynval Golding, Terence Hall, Neville StaplesAkon4:00
4."Gangsta" (featuring Daddy T, Picklehead and Devyne)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Torrey Pettigrew, Jonathan Mann, Darrick StephensAkon4:15
5."Ghetto"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny DariusAkon, Benny-D3:55
6."Pot of Gold"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim WilliamsAkon, Shakim Williams3:36
7."Show Out"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:25
8."Lonely"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Bobby Vinton, Gene AllenAkon, Disco D3:57
9."When The Time's Right"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:44
10."Journey"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Anthony Lawson[6]Akon4:18
11."Don't Let Up"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Bryan BoylaiAkon, Benny D4:04
Total length:49:57
Second European Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."I Won't"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shawn WilliamsAkon3:16
13."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Styles P)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:50
British and Japanese Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."I Won't"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shawn WilliamsAkon3:16
13."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Styles P)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:50
14."Gunshot"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dave KellyAkon2:56
15."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Styles P and Taz)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:48
AlbumHunt Special Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(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 TaylorAkon3:17
13."Pot of Gold" (Remix)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim AllahAkon, Shakim Williams3:52
14."Show Out" (Remix) (featuring Dru Hill)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Mark Andrews, Larry Anthony, Tamir Ruffin, James GreenAkon3:12
15."Ghetto" (Remix) (featuring Ali-B and Yes-R)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny DariusAkon, Benny-D3:57
16."Gunshot"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dave KellyAkon2:56
17."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Styles P)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:50
18."I Won't"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:16
American and First European Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Easy Road"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim AllahAkon, Shakim Williams3:22
13."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Styles P)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:50
Total length:49:57
European Enhanced Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Easy Road"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Shakim AllahAkon, Shakim WIlliams3:22
13."Locked Up" (featuring Styles P)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:50
14."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Booba)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles, Elie "Booba" YaffaAkon, Knobody3:42
15."Locked Up" (Music Video)   
16."Ghetto" (Music Video)   
17."Lonely" (Music Video)   
iTunes Store Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."I Won't"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:16
13."Kill the Dance (Got Something for Ya)" (featuring Kardinal Offishall)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jason Harrow, Dwayne Chin-QueeAkon, Supa-Dups2:58
French Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."I Won't"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:16
13."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Booba)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles, Elie "Booba" YaffaAkon, Knobody4:24
Total length:54:21
German Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."I Won't"Aliaune "Akon" ThiamAkon3:16
13."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Styles P)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David StylesAkon, Knobody3:50
14."Locked Up" (Remix) (featuring Azad)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, David Styles, Azad AzadpourAkon, Knobody3:42
Total length:54:21

Deluxe Edition[edit]

Trouble: Deluxe Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Bananza (Belly Dancer)" (Remix) (featuring Kardinal Offishall)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jason HarrowAkon3:28
2."Gunshot"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Dave KellyAkon2:56
3."Senegal"Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Anthony Hamilton, Mark BatsonAkon2:53
4."Keep on Callin'" (P-Money featuring Akon)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Peter WaddamsAkon, P-Money3:34
5."Never Gonna Get It" (Sean Biggs featuring Akon)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Ron Feemster, Sean BiggsAkon, Ron Feemster3:37
6."Miss Melody" (Miri Ben-Ari featuring Akon)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Miri Ben-AriAkon, Miri Ben-Ari3:50
7."Kill the Dance (Got Something for Ya)" (featuring Kardinal Offishall)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jason Harrow, Dwayne Quin-CheeAkon, Supa-Dups2:58
8."Find Us (In the Back of the Club)" (The Beatnuts featuring Akon)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Jerry Tineo, Lester FernandezAkon, The Beatnuts3:15
9."Baby, I'm Back" (Baby Bash featuring Akon)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Ron Bryant, Taylor DowAkon, Bryan Stanley3:48
10."Yey" (Grady Babyz featuring Akon)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Torrey Pettigrew, Jonathan MannAkon4:32
Netherlands Edition Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Ghetto" (Remix) (featuring Ali-B and Yes-R)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny DariusAkon, Benny-D3:57

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[32] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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