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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.   Would've Been the One
  9.   The Glory Is in You (Interlude) by Master P
  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 featuring Sampha
  14.   Wheels on the Bus
  15.   Mad by Lil Wayne
  16.   Bring It on Home
  17.   Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (Interlude) featuring Kelly Rowland
  18.   Closing: The Chosen Ones by Master P
  19.   Scales by Kelela
  20.   Bad Girls
  21.   "I Decided" (Part 1)
  22.   Thinkin' About You by Murphy Lee
  23.   Don't Wish Me Well
  24.   Borderline (An Ode to Self Care) by Q-Tip
  25.   Don't You Wait
  26.   Dad Was Mad (Interlude) by Mathew Knowles
  27.   Wanna Go Back featuring Marsha Ambrosius
  28.   Bingo
  29.   T.O.N.Y.
  30.   Don't Fight the Feeling
  31.   This Could Be Love
  32.   Hey Goldmember featuring Devin
  33.   Junie
  34.   Where Do We Go
  35.   White Picket Dreams
  36.   Don't Let Me Down
  37.   "I Decided" (Part 2)
  38.   The Thrill Is Gone
  39.   Three Little Kittens
  40.   Mary Had a Little Lamb
  41.   Champagnechroniknightcap
  42.   This Bird
  43.   Valentine's Day
  44.   Sandcastle Disco
  45.   Dancing in the Dark
  46.   God Given Name
  47.   I Told You So
  48.   I Decided, Pt. 1
  49.   Wonderland
  50.   Looks Good With Trouble
  51.   No Limits (Interlude) by Master P
  52.   F.U.B.U. featuring BJ the Chicago Kid
  53.   This Moment (Interlude) featuring Devonté Hynes
  54.   Sleep in the Park
  55.   La Colegiala
  56.   The Thrill is Gone by B.B. King
  57.   The Bird
  58.   Cash In
  59.   Looks Good With Trouble by Kendrick Lamar
  60.   Set Me Free
  61.   Locked in Closets
  62.   Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  63.   F**K the Industry
  64.   Mary Mary Quite Contrary
  65.   Dance With You
  66.   Ain't No Way
  67.   Get Together
  68.   Crush
  69.   So Be It
  70.   Feel Good Song
  71.   Feelin' You
  72.   Naive
  73.   Ode to Marvin
  74.   Cosmic Journey
  75.   Brahm's Lullaby
  76.   There Was an Old Lady That Lived in a Shoe
  77.   Buckle My Shoe
  78.   Old MacDonald
  79.   Skip to My Lou