Akon's Lady Gaga move pays off
Akon has told how he was determined to sign up Lady Gaga.
The eccentric singer, who won three Brit Awards on Tuesday night, was dropped from at least one major record label before she signed to Akons KonLive imprint at Interscope Records.
Akon said Gaga became available just as he closed his deal with Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, and added: "I was like 'Yo, I want to sign that right there, he needs to be under my umbrella' - Jimmy was like 'Yeah, whatever you want, take her, let's get it done.'"
Akon also joked he doesn't really need his own career now, though he is releasing another album later this year.
"She's pretty much retired me," the singer laughed. "She was definitely a blessing. She came at the right moment. I'm glad I believed in her, boy. That goes to show you, if you believe in something strong enough, it will pay off."