Akon reflects on success, lady gaga, & michael jackson on ‘behind the music’

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I post this here as he is talking about Michael too.

Following Game and T-Pain, Akon was the latest artist to be profiled on VH1’s “Behind the Music.” The superstar singer and music mogul, born Aliaune Thiam, shared his inspiring journey from a village in Senegal to conquering the world charts. He opened up about his highs and lows, including the time he was caught humping an underage girl onstage, working with the late Michael Jackson, and helping launch Lady Gaga’s career.

“Gaga became the biggest success story in my history of music,” said Akon, who has a new album named Stadium on the way. “More than anything I was happy that I stuck with it and we believed in it together.”

The special also featured commentary from Wyclef Jean, T-Pain, and his family members. Follow Akon’s path to stardom in the full episode below.

[video=youtube;o41RU073ISU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o41RU073ISU[/video]
 

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Nice, thanks :)

Nothing new though, just gets really sad towards the end in the Michael part.
 

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So Hold My Hand IS indeed his last song...
 

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Yeah, I happened to be watching that episode and was happy to see Michael as a part of it. It's bittersweet for me,but It gives recognition to MJ for younger generations to discover Michael Jackson.

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[h=1]Akon - Akon Accidentally Hung Up On Jackson Out Of Shock[/h]13 April 2012 01:31
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[h=2]Akon Accidentally Hung Up On Jackson Out Of Shock[/h]

Hip-hop star Akon hung up on Michael Jackson when the King of Pop first phoned him about recording a duet - because he refused to believe his childhood idol was a fan.
Akon, real name Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, grew up around the studio watching his dad, celebrated jazz percussionist Mor Thiam, perform dozens of shows in their native Senegal.
And once Thiam moved the family to America, Akon had unprecedented access to some of the industry's best musicians, including the superstar son of his father's pal Joe Jackson.
As part of a Behind the Music special on Akon, which aired in America on Wednesday (11Apr12), the singer recalled meeting the Thriller star when he was just five years old: "I met Michael for the first time, not realising how big he was - just an amazing person. It made a huge impression on me, because as I got older I would always remember that moment. I used to always say to myself, 'If I ever did anything on the music level, I would meet back (up) with Michael and maybe do something with him.'"
Akon later rose to fame on his own, with hits such as Locked Up, Lonely and Belly Dancer and exactly three decades after their initial introduction in 1978, the star's life came full circle when he received a phone call from Jackson in late 2008.
Akon said, "He calls me, you know (in) his little voice, 'Hey Akon how are you?' I was like, 'I don't believe you,' and I hung up the phone. And he calls back, and he says, 'Akon, it's really me, it's Michael, it's really me.' And at that moment my hands started shaking."
The pair later teamed up in the studio, with the hope of working together on a joint album, but Jackson tragically passed away before the record could be made - and Akon was devastated.
He continued, "Dealing with Michael's passing was really hard. Everything that we discussed, everything that we had ambitions to do, we will never get a chance to do."
Eventually Akon completed work on his Jackson collaboration, Hold My Hand, and he released the track in 2010.
He added, "To be in the position where I'm the last person he actually makes a record with, and that's the last song that the world will remember of him, it was just the craziest thing."
Jackson also worked with will.i.am on a series of final songs, but the Black Eyed Peas leader has pledged never to release the music they made together unless Michael's mother Katherine asks him to.
 

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It was in late 2007, not late 2008!

He WASN'T the last person who made record with him! But it is true: "That is the last song that the world remembers of him" because Best of Joy is not that popular and the rest songs aren't released yet.

The last persons who worked with Michael were Michael Durham Prince & Theron "Neff-U" Feemster. And the last songs that he recorded are: Best of Joy, Bang Your Head, Broken Chair, D.I.E., Don't Make Me Stay, For The World, H20, Lady of Summer, Red Eye, Silent Spring, Stop Throwing Your Life Away & Water.

We only have Best of Joy for now, but I hope we'll hear them all in the near future. Hold My Hand is ONE OF THE LAST songs that he recorded, but not THE LAST. And it is second to last that was released.
 

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Hold my hand was the last song MJ more so finalized for release from what we know.. But its obvious he did songs after.. The list of songs in his room he was working on so...
 

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Thanks for posting. That was actually interesting as I got see some things I had not heard about before. I don't remember hearing about the apology song. I don't enjoy his music, but it's nice to hear about Konfidence.
 

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Hold my hand was the last song MJ more so finalized for release from what we know.. But its obvious he did songs after.. The list of songs in his room he was working on so...

Hold My Hand wasn't more finalized than Best of Joy. Both songs needed to be finished by Akon (HMH) and Theron Feemster (BOJ).
 

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Dorian;3622870 said:
So Hold My Hand IS indeed his last song...

Best Of Joy is fom Dangerous era
<p>Here is the sheet Michael used during the Dangerous session. Notice "Best of Joy" is the first song title along with "Remember the Time" "Who Is It" "Black or White" and other familiar records. Not sure why John said the song is new but it definitely has some age on it.</p>
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