T-Pain's New Album 'Epiphany' Debuts #1
As Breakout Single "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" Ranks #1 on Four Singles Charts
Jive Records Claims No. 1 Spot Two Weeks in a Row and Boasts Two Titles in the Top Four on the Top 200 and R&B Album Charts
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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SOURCE: Jive Records
CONTACT: Tice Merriweather of Zomba Label Group, +1-212-827-1707,
Ticeman.Merriweather@sonybmg.com; or Carlos Vega of Zomba Label Group,
Web site: http://www.jiverecords.com/