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