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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.   You Know What
  15.   Kiss Goodbye
  16.   Can't Wait
  17.   More
  18.   Seems to Be
  19.   Wanna Be Close
  20.   Jack and Jill
  21.   Director
  22.   Ooh Aah
  23.   Sorry
  24.   So Many Ways
  25.   I Wanna Know
  26.   Break Ya Back
  27.   Now You Got Someone
  28.   This Is Your Night
  29.   Thinkin' About You
  30.   Material Things
  31.   Grown Ass Man
  32.   Exclusive
  33.   Destiny
  34.   Get Away
  35.   Read Your Mind, Pt. 2: The Remix
  36.   Everything About You
  37.   You Got Me
  38.   You Ain't Right
  39.   Your Body Is the Business
  40.   Walking on Water
  41.   Imagination
  42.   Right Place, Wrong Time
  43.   Let's Make a Deal
  44.   Y.O.U.
  45.   What Do You Want
  46.   Both of Us
  47.   Take It There
  48.   Note
  49.   When It's Over
  50.   Like You
  51.   Nobody's Business
  52.   Don't Know How
  53.   Excited
  54.   Toast to Love
  55.   That Dude
  56.   Sensuality
  57.   Perfect Gentleman
  58.   Why
  59.   Serious
  60.   Reaction
  61.   Phone Sex (That's What's Up)
  62.   Hooked
  63.   Have Some Fun
  64.   One Way Street
  65.   Doesn't Matter
  66.   Come Get It
  67.   I'm Not Telling
  68.   Lights Off
  69.   Gratitude
  70.   Best Friend
  71.   80 in a 30
  72.   Wake Up
  73.   Attention
  74.   G.P.S.A. (Ghetto Public Service Announcement)
  75.   This Time
  76.   Happy
  77.   Flickin
  78.   AV
  79.   Private Room (Intro)
  80.   Love School
  81.   Where Did We Go?
  82.   Nightlife
  83.   Body Police
  84.   Call on Me
  85.   You Know Better
  86.   Apart
  87.   NO
  88.   Hot 16
  89.   Had Enough
  90.   Graduated
  91.   Involve Yourself
  92.   French Pedicure
  93.   Mr. Dream
  94.   With You
  95.   Feast
  96.   Six in da Morning
  97.   Suicide
  98.   Mines Do
  99.   Find a Way
  100.   Out of Character
  101.   No Limit
  102.   Heaven