People rarely talk about the fact that Lady Gaga is actually signed to Akon‘s label and she has made him a ton of money. In fact, her rapid success has put enough money in Akon’s pockets that he could retire TODAY.

“She’s pretty much retired me,” the singer said of Gaga, who is signed to his KonLive imprint at Interscope Records. “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.” Gaga, one of last year’s top-selling artists, was dropped from at least one major record label. She was available just as Akon closed his deal with Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, the Senegalese singer said in a recent interview.

“And I was like ‘Yo, I want to sign that right there. She needs to be under my umbrella,'” Akon said. “Jimmy was like ‘Yeah, whatever you want. Take her. Let’s get it done.’ And she just blossomed into a super megastar, man.” Gaga is one of several artists to be featured on Akon’s next album.

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Lady Gaga is currently on tour overseas in the UK for her “Monster Ball” tour. Her opening night in Manchester Thursday was said to be a hit, despite a few technical glitches. But Gaga gets a pass seeing as as she re-did her entire show and only had a month to rehearse and get everything down for the UK/European leg of her tour. More info on that to come soon…