When R&B crooner Akon shot to fame in 2004 with his hit "Locked Up" (Number Eight), he became the go-to star for pop and hip-hop artists wanting a silky voice to sing their hooks. So prolific in his output, Akon twice in a five month period between December 2006 and April 2007 simultaneously owned the Number One and Number Two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

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