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