June 14, 2007 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment

Konvict/Jive Records recording artist T-Pain, lands at the #1 spot on  Billboard’s Top 200 and R&B Album charts with his sophomore debut Epiphany.  The hit single “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” continues to top the R&B/Hip-Hop and airplay charts.

“Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” recently beat out artists such as Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Timbaland, and Ne-Yo to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart as the #1 single in the country.   On four separate Billboard charts the single has been firmly set at the #1 position for several weeks: #1 Hot 100 Airplay; #1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs; #1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; #1 Rhythmic Top 40, and for seven consecutive weeks T-Pain was the #1 selling ringtone on the Billboard Hot Ringmasters chart.

For the second week in a row Jive Records, the record company to label-mates T-Pain and R. Kelly, claims the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  Last week R. Kelly topped them all at #1 with Double Up, his ninth solo release, which now rests comfortably at #4; and this week, without missing a step, T-Pain beats out Paul McCartney and Rihanna to the #1 spot in the country. This gives Jive two albums in the top four of Billboards Top 200 chart.

Early rave reviews have already started pouring in for the hit-making songwriter/producer’s sophomore effort. Rolling Stone magazine gives Epiphany three stars and exclaims that “…The hooks come fast and loose… Epiphany should be lighting up both bedrooms and the clubs.”  The Washington Post raves, noting that “…T-Pain’s best cuts evoke the dripping grooves of Zapp, the breakneck beats of Baltimore club music, even the punk-funk of Fishbone.”  The NY Times agrees and states “… [T-Pain] produced every song on the album, and his thumping beats are the secret behind his success.”

One of music’s rapidly rising and omnipresent stars, T-Pain’s sophomore album Epiphany expresses his growth as an artist and the definition of the album title as a “sudden moment of insight or revelation” truly encapsulates his efforts on this release.  On Epiphany, T-Pain takes over the reins as producer, writer and arranger and enlists artists such as Akon- who discovered and signed him to his Konvict Muzik label, and Yung Joc to hone and master the unique sound that he introduced on his gold-selling debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga.           

Recently T-Pain has been crisscrossing the country producing and collaborating for a wide and varied list of mega-artists that include Usher, Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes.  His follow-up single “Bartender” featuring Akon is rapidly moving up the charts and is following in the footsteps of his chart-topping first single “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin).”   Fans can catch T-Pain perform on the Jimmy Kimmel show June 14th. 

The Zomba Label Group consists of record labels Jive, LaFace, Volcano, Verity, GospoCentric and Fo Yo Soul.  These labels represent a varied group of artists including R. Kelly, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Chris Brown, Pink, Tool, Britney Spears, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, Three Days Grace, 311, Nick Lachey, T-Pain, Byron Cage, Buddy Guy, Living Things, YoungBloodZ, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie McClurkin, and Backstreet Boys.


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