T-Pain Builds Pop-Stardom with Digital Prowess

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Turn on an R&B, hip-hop or pop music radio station these days, and you probably will hear T-Pain, a singer who is helping to remake what it means to be a successful pop star in the digital music age.

T-Pain brings his signature, electronically enhanced vocal style to nine songs currently in the Billboards Hot 100; he's either the main voice or a featured artist in four of the top 10 songs this week.

But his ubiquity extends beyond radio: T-Pain has redefined the ring-tone market and in turn given struggling record companies a glimmer of revenue hope.

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