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