Akon Is Truly The Master Of The Mastertone

Jun 22nd, 2007 // 6 Comments

akontimes.jpgAkon may have been given the boot by Verizon, but that hasn’t stopped his songs from entering the memory mobile phones all across the country:

Just recently, Akon grabbed accolades as the highest-selling master ringtone artist of all time, according to information from label SRC/Universal Motown. The figures, first revealed on Thursday, show cumulative sales of 11 million master tones. The total is being driven by a number of mobile-friendly releases, including “Smack That,” “Don’t Matter,” and “I Wanna Love You.” Those songs have all earned multi-platinum ringtone sales, according to certifications issued by the RIAA. “We’re thrilled that Akon has now surpassed all other artists of this era and has cemented his place in music history,” said Steve Rifkind, chief executive of SRC Records.

“Smack That” was also the top-selling ringtone of 2006, but we’re guessing that when “Sorry Blame Me” makes its inevitable crossover to the ringtone world, it’ll do even better among the always-lucrative “Peeved Ex Who Can’t Bear To Remove Former Boyfriend From Her Address Book Yet” market.

Akon Enters Master Ringtone Stratosphere, Strikes Record [Digital Music News]

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  1. Anonymous

    Did you see where Akon’s real name is “Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam?” Found the link on dooce’s site: Lookit.

    Can’t stop! Bouga Time!

  2. MJ

    “We’re thrilled that Akon has now surpassed all other artists of this era and has cemented his place in music history,”

    I can’t imagine a world in which somebody says this with a straight face.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    The total is being driven by a number of mobile-friendly releases, including “Smack That,” “Don’t Matter,” and “I Wanna Love You.”

    I wonder…when they compile ringtone sales, are clean and explicit version grouped together? (I know, I’m the Billboard junkie, I should know this.)

    Which leads to the followup question: Is “I Wanna Fuck You” available as a ringtone? Something tells me the sort of person who’d be crass enough to buy/use an Akon ringtone would happily let his cell drop the F-bomb every time his shortie calls.

  4. ascot-revival

    hopefully his next album has a sticker on the front advertising its sweet sweet bounty of “mobile friendly releases”

  5. The Van Buren Boys

    @MJ: I can definately imagine a world where someone could say that with a straight face. I can imagine the middle aged pasty white execs reading the press release while muttering “fuck yeah” to themselves. *sigh*

  6. MJ

    *shudders*

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