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