When: 2007

Akon was pleased with Lady Gaga’s talents during her early music career when she first started doing reference vocals and songwriting at Interscope. He signed the up-and-coming star in to KonLive Distribution, supporting Gaga’s potential as a solo artist. So far, the rewards have been monumental. “She's pretty much retired me," Akon said to the Huffington Post in February 2010 after her career took off. “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."