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