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R&B singer/songwriter, producer, and actor Mario debuted in the early 2000s as a smooth R&B-dance vocalist similar to Usher and Ne-Yo. Known for 2004's chart-topping "Let Me Love You" from his platinum-certified sophomore effort, Turning Point, he went on to issue a pair of follow-ups before a decade-long absence. During that time, he continued to release stand-alone singles, but wouldn't return until 2018 with his fifth album, Dancing Shadows. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mario Dewar Barrett developed his natural talent while singing along with his mom using a karaoke machine at home. Discovered at the age of 11 in a local talent show, he later traveled to New York City to establish a career and scored a contract with Clive Davis' J label. Following his contribution to the Dr. Doolittle 2 soundtrack and a captivating performance of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" at Davis' Grammy party in February 2002, the newcomer was primed for stardom. At the age of 15, Mario debuted with the release of "Just a Friend 2002," produced by Warryn Campbell and based on rapper Biz Markie's hit "Just a Friend." His self-titled album followed in July, featuring contributions by Grammy-winning Alicia Keys. Turning Point, released in 2004, went to number two on the R&B album chart, hoisted by the ubiquitous smash "Let Me Love You," a single that also helped launch the career of Ne-Yo, the song's writer. The December 2007 release of Mario's third album, Go, was preceded by several delays and projected release dates; its initial date was November of the previous year. The album featured productions from Polow da Don, Timbaland, Stargate, the Neptunes, the Underdogs, and Akon. Go's last song, "Do Right," dealt with his relationship with his mother, a heroin addict. Just prior to its release, MTV aired I Won't Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom, a program documenting the pair's struggle. Go peaked at number four on the R&B chart, just prior to Mario's appearance on the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars. D.N.A., Mario's fourth album, was released in October 2009, with two of its songs, "Break Up" and "Thinkin' About You," already on the singles charts. In the years that followed, a series of setbacks kept Mario from issuing a new album, including scrapped recordings and label shakeups. He managed to release a handful of stand-alone singles, reappearing in 2011 with "My Bed" and "The Walls" and in 2013 with "Somebody Else" featuring Nicki Minaj and "Fatal Distraction." Additional singles continued to slowly trickle out until 2018, when Mario finally returned with his fifth official full-length, Dancing Shadows (New Citizen/Empire). The album included the singles "Drowning" and "Goes Like That." ~ Andy Kellman & Neil Z. Yeung
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Let Me Love You
  3.   Music for Love
  4.   Just a Friend
  5.   Braid My Hair
  6.   Somebody Else
  7.   Break Up
  8.   How Could You
  9.   Stranded
  10.   How Do I Breathe
  11.   Crying out for Me
  12.   Kryptonite
  13.   Skippin'
  14.   Thinkin' About You
  15.   Directions
  16.   Goes Like That
  17.   My Bed
  18.   What Your Name Is
  19.   The Switch, Pt 2
  20.   Soundtrack To My Broken Heart
  21.   Lay in My Bed
  22.   Boom by Juvenile
  23.   Call the Cops
  24.   Gold Plates
  25.   A Veces
  26.   The Walls by Fabolous
  27.   I Choose You
  28.   Don't Walk Away
  29.   Right and a Wrong Way
  30.   Go
  31.   Just a Friend 2002
  32.   Put Me On
  33.   I Believe
  34.   One Man Woman
  35.   Drowning
  36.   The Switch
  37.   Beat #3
  38.   Beat #2
  39.   The Hardest Moment
  40.   Starlight
  41.   Ooh Baby
  42.   I Miss My Friend
  43.   Get Out
  44.   Before She Said Hi
  45.   Break Up by Gucci Mane
  46.   Do Right
  47.   Let Me Watch
  48.   Why
  49.   No Definition
  50.   Shakedown
  51.   Here I Go Again
  52.   Girl I Need
  53.   18
  54.   Chick Wit da Braids
  55.   Could U Be
  56.   2 Train
  57.   What You Started
  58.   Good Times
  59.   Intro
  60.   Beat #4
  61.   Beat #1
  62.   Let Me Help You by Konshens
  63.   All'orizzonte
  64.   Never
  65.   Girl in the Picture
  66.   Too Many Options
  67.   Dancing Shadows
  68.   Video Games
  69.   Beat #5
  70.   Your My
  71.   Fatal Distraction
  72.   Like Me Real Hard
  73.   Nikes Fresh Out the Box
  74.   Couldn't Say No
  75.   C'mon
  76.   Care for You
  77.   The End
  78.   Someday at Christmas
  79.   Holla Back
  80.   Mirror
  81.   The Catchy Loop
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