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