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