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Hailed as the "new voice of ghetto soul" and the first act signed to basketball great Magic Johnson's Magic Johnson Music, Cleveland native Avant (born Myron Avant) debuted in 1998 with the song "Separated," released on Payton Entertainment -- the label operated by his manager, Eric Payton. The single received airplay on top-rated Chicago radio station WGCI prior to being selected for inclusion on the 1999 MCA compilation Summer Heat. This set the stage for the May 2000 release of Avant's debut album, My Thoughts, released on Johnson's MJM label via MCA. A couple months later, "Separated" -- aided by regular play on BET and The Box -- topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. A cover of René & Angela's 1983 classic "My First Love," featuring KeKe Wyatt, reached the Top Five and helped increase My Thoughts' popularity with lovers of sophisticated R&B. Avant released three more albums through MJM, all of which were distributed by Universal and featured one major single. Ecstasy (2002) was propelled by "Makin' Good Love," the singer's third Top Ten R&B single. The sprawling Private Room (2003), weighed down by some substandard material, nonetheless produced yet another Top Ten R&B hit in "Read My Mind." Director (2006) repeated the feat with the equally successful "4 Minutes." Avant subsequently signed to Capitol -- a move that did not impede his momentum. A self-titled album (2008) peaked in the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, just like Avant's first four albums, yet he moved once more to Verve Forecast, where he issued The Letter (2010). On Face the Music (2013), an EMI-distributed release, he reunited with Wyatt, with whom he scored another duet hit ("You & I"). The singer celebrated 15 years in the business with The VIII (2015), his seventh Top Ten R&B/HipHop hit. ~ Ed Hogan & Andy Kellman
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  1.   Song
  2.   Sailing
  3.   You & I
  4.   Makin' Good Love
  5.   When It Hurts
  6.   4 Minutes
  7.   Lie About Us
  8.   My First Love
  9.   Separated
  10.   Read Your Mind
  11.   Don't Take Your Love Away
  12.   Don't Say No, Just Say Yes
  13.   Special
  14.   Can't Wait
  15.   Kiss Goodbye
  16.   You Know What
  17.   More
  18.   Seems to Be
  19.   This Is Your Night
  20.   G.P.S.A. (Ghetto Public Service Announcement)
  21.   Thinkin' About You
  22.   Destiny
  23.   I Wanna Know
  24.   Ooh Aah
  25.   You Got Me
  26.   Wanna Be Close
  27.   Sorry
  28.   Take It There
  29.   Come Get It
  30.   Best Friend
  31.   Now You Got Someone
  32.   Read Your Mind, Pt. 2: The Remix
  33.   Everything About You
  34.   You Ain't Right
  35.   Hooked
  36.   80 in a 30
  37.   Perfect Gentleman
  38.   Material Things
  39.   Get Away
  40.   Love School
  41.   When It's Over
  42.   Break Ya Back
  43.   Director
  44.   Exclusive
  45.   Happy
  46.   Flickin
  47.   Call on Me
  48.   Doesn't Matter
  49.   I'm Not Telling
  50.   Lights Off
  51.   Body Police
  52.   Out of Character
  53.   Involve Yourself
  54.   Grown Ass Man
  55.   So Many Ways
  56.   Why
  57.   Y.O.U.
  58.   Feast
  59.   Heaven
  60.   Jack and Jill
  61.   Suicide
  62.   Mines Do
  63.   Note
  64.   Find a Way
  65.   Like You
  66.   Your Body Is the Business
  67.   Hot 16
  68.   Imagination
  69.   Right Place, Wrong Time
  70.   With You
  71.   AV
  72.   What Do You Want
  73.   Both of Us
  74.   NO
  75.   Nobody's Business
  76.   Excited
  77.   Wake Up
  78.   Nightlife
  79.   Sensuality
  80.   French Pedicure
  81.   This Time
  82.   Reaction
  83.   Phone Sex (That's What's Up)
  84.   Have Some Fun
  85.   Private Room (Intro)
  86.   Six in da Morning
  87.   That Dude
  88.   Walking on Water
  89.   No Limit
  90.   You Know Better
  91.   Apart
  92.   Gratitude
  93.   Don't Know How
  94.   Toast to Love
  95.   Had Enough
  96.   Graduated
  97.   Mr. Dream
  98.   Serious
  99.   Let's Make a Deal
  100.   Attention
  101.   One Way Street
  102.   Where Did We Go?