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