Music: Sonique Boom

A pop star rises, with the Net as her launching pad

As record companies rush to get their wares online, the Internet has quickly mutated from marketing miracle to digital Tower of Babel--overcrowded and overhyped--where finding one's way through the clutter sometimes seems futile. But the success of Sonique may be the first proof that the Web--with a little help from old media--can actually launch and push a deserving artist through the confusion and onto the Top 10.

Sonique is a British dance-pop singer whose grabby new single, It Feels So Good, is scaling the charts with uncommon speed. Just a few months ago, Sonique's fame was limited to the British dance-club...

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