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A singer, songwriter, and producer, Solange Knowles debuted in the early 2000s with pop-oriented contemporary R&B material and grew into one of the more adventurous, expectation-defying artists of the late 2000s and 2010s. The younger sister of Beyoncé Knowles, she studied dance and theater as a child and made her singing debut at age five at an amusement park. As her father managed her sister's emerging R&B group, Destiny's Child, she often appeared as an opening act, and also began writing songs. At 13, she decided to pursue a professional singing career, but her parents at first advised her to wait. Shortly afterward, however, she was called upon to replace one of the dancers in Destiny's Child's stage act on short notice. She spent the next two years dancing in the group's performances. When Knowles was 16, her father signed her to his Music World label, helped prepare her for a solo recording career, and arranged a deal with major-label Columbia. Her debut single, "Feelin' You, Pt. 2," was released in late 2002, reached Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart, and had more success with club DJs; it narrowly missed the top of Billboard's club chart. Her first album, Solo Star, followed in January 2003 and debuted in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200. Although it featured collaborations with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Pharrell Williams, as well as a handful of cuts co-produced by Beyoncé, it didn't generate any major hits. For the next few years, Knowles took on acting roles in films such as Johnson Family Vacation and Bring It On: All or Nothing as she wrote and produced songs for Destiny's Child and a number of the group's solo projects. Most notably, she co-wrote her sister's "Get Me Bodied" and "Upgrade U." Knowles made something of a creative breakthrough with her second album. Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams did not materialize until late 2008, but it was much more unique than its predecessor, steeped in mid- to late-'60s soul. It peaked in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 and doubled the sales of the debut. Five of its singles peaked within the Top Ten of Billboard's club chart, and two of those -- "Sandcastle Disco" and "T.O.N.Y." -- reached number one. Despite how well it did commercially, Knowles subsequently went independent -- an unsurprising move, perhaps, given that the album also contained a song titled "Fuck the Industry." After she signed with Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's Terrible label, she released the funkier yet more new wave-inspired "Losing You" single, as well as its parent EP, True, in November 2012. Written and produced with Dev Hynes, it took her even farther away from the prevailing sounds of commercial R&B. The following year, Knowles established the Saint label with Saint Heron, a compilation of songs by emerging like-minded artists, including Kelela, Sampha, and Starchild, as well as the comparatively established likes of Cassie and Jhené Aiko. The album also contained a new song from Knowles, but she took her time to complete her third solo full-length. In September 2016, almost four years after the release of the True EP, A Seat at the Table arrived on Saint/Columbia. Raphael Saadiq, Dave Longstreth, and Adam Bainbridge were among the songwriting and production collaborators, while Lil Wayne and Kelela added prominent guest vocals. Calmly cathartic and considerably at odds with mainstream R&B, the progressive set promoted healing and empowerment in response to racial oppression. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. ~ William Ruhlmann & Andy Kellman
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Cranes in the Sky
  3.   Losing You
  4.   Rise
  5.   I Decided
  6.   Weary
  7.   Look Good with Trouble
  8.   Would've Been the One
  9.   The Glory Is in You (Interlude) by Master P
  10.   Lovers in the Parking Lot
  11.   Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work
  12.   6 O'Clock Blues
  13.   Don't Touch My Hair featuring Sampha
  14.   Wheels on the Bus
  15.   Mad by Lil Wayne
  16.   Bad Girls
  17.   Scales by Kelela
  18.   "I Decided" (Part 1)
  19.   This Could Be Love
  20.   Don't Wish Me Well
  21.   Junie
  22.   F.U.B.U. featuring BJ the Chicago Kid
  23.   For Us by Us (Interlude) by Master P
  24.   Tina Taught Me ( Interlude) by Tina Knowles
  25.   Don't You Wait
  26.   "I Decided" (Part 2)
  27.   Cosmic Journey
  28.   Sandcastle Disco
  29.   Feel Good Song
  30.   Crush
  31.   Closing: The Chosen Ones by Master P
  32.   Borderline (An Ode to Self Care) by Q-Tip
  33.   Dad Was Mad (Interlude) by Mathew Knowles
  34.   Looks Good With Trouble
  35.   Sleep in the Park
  36.   The Bird
  37.   White Picket Dreams
  38.   Don't Let Me Down
  39.   Locked in Closets
  40.   Wanna Go Back featuring Marsha Ambrosius
  41.   Mary Mary Quite Contrary
  42.   Three Little Kittens
  43.   Skip to My Lou
  44.   Mary Had a Little Lamb
  45.   Ode to Marvin
  46.   Dancing in the Dark
  47.   T.O.N.Y.
  48.   God Given Name
  49.   I Told You So
  50.   I Decided, Pt. 1
  51.   Don't Fight the Feeling
  52.   Pedestals (Interlude)
  53.   This Moment (Interlude) featuring Devonté Hynes
  54.   La Colegiala
  55.   The Thrill is Gone by B.B. King
  56.   Cash In
  57.   Looks Good With Trouble by Kendrick Lamar
  58.   Quiero Bailar
  59.   The Way I Am
  60.   Set Me Free
  61.   Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  62.   The Thrill Is Gone
  63.   F**K the Industry
  64.   This Old Man
  65.   Old MacDonald
  66.   Bingo
  67.   Buckle My Shoe
  68.   Brahm's Lullaby
  69.   Champagnechroniknightcap
  70.   This Bird
  71.   Valentine's Day
  72.   Bring It on Home
  73.   Naive
  74.   Feelin' You
  75.   Wonderland
  76.   So Be It
  77.   Get Together
  78.   Ain't No Way
  79.   Hey Goldmember featuring Devin
  80.   Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (Interlude) featuring Kelly Rowland
  81.   Dance With You
  82.   No Limits (Interlude) by Master P
  83.   Where Do We Go