Since the new millennium artists have emerged that rival the popularity of legends that spent decades building their careers. They are reaching audiences worldwide due in large part to their abilities to blur the lines between genres and generate cross-cultural appeal. Whether by signing them or producing monster hits, many seasoned African-American artists are behind these megastars. The Atlanta Post rounds up six:
Lady Gaga and Akon
Lady Gaga is currently the biggest music star in the world. Her latest album “Born This Way” recently sold over 1 million records in less than a week. Much of her success can be accredited to Akon. Recognizing her vocal ability Akon convinced Interscope records to sign Gaga in a joint deal with his record label, Kon Live Distribution. In the past he has referred to her as his “franchise player” and recently admitted to considering retirement due to the income the “Mother Monster” is bringing in.