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Pop-oriented contemporary R&B artist Mya arrived in 1998, when she was 18 years old. Within only a few years, the singer, songwriter, and dancer had two platinum albums and a gold one, a clutch of Top Ten pop hits, and a Grammy Award. Just as significantly, she developed from an artist frequently compared to the likes of Brandy and Aaliyah into one with her own identity. Sounding innocent and knowing at the same time, while consistently upbeat and confident, she released some of the most memorable R&B singles of the late '90s and early 2000s, including "It's All About Me," "Case of the Ex," and "Fallen." Mya took her rightful place in a continuum of stylistically similar artists that gave way to Ciara, Rihanna, and Tinashe, among others, then went independent in the late 2000s as she divided her work between recording, acting, philanthropy, teaching, and even competing on Dancing with the Stars. Mya was raised in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, where she took dance and music classes as a child. After briefly losing interest in the dance, she returned to it in her preteens and eventually joined the dance troupe T.W.A. (Tappers with Attitude). She left the group after a short while and headed to New York to study at the Dance Theater of Harlem with Savion Glover, best known as the choreographer/mastermind behind the Broadway spectacular Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk. Her passion for improvisation made her a favorite of Glover's, who had her perform solo at the Kennedy Center. Although Mya was best known as a dancer, she was also musically inclined. During her childhood, she learned to sing and play the violin. When her father, a professional musician, learned that his daughter could sing and was serious about a musical career, he shopped around demo tapes. The recordings eventually earned the attention of Haqq Islam, president of University Music. Impressed with Mya's audition, Islam subsequently worked out a deal with major-label Interscope. Mya and Interscope spent the next year working on her self-titled debut album, hiring an impressive list of collaborators who included Babyface, Diane Warren, Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliott, and Dru Hill's Sisqó and Nokio. The result, released in April 1998, was a smooth R&B song cycle about love and growing up. The first two singles, "It's All About Me" and "Movin' On," reached the Top Five of the Billboard R&B chart and sent the album to platinum status. Two years later, Fear of Flying, which featured collaborations with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Jadakiss, as well as a handful of tracks made with a pre-fame Robin Thicke, arrived with a Top 20 placement on the Billboard 200. Its biggest hit was "Case of the Ex," an early hit for emergent producer Tricky Stewart, but it was outshone early the following year by "Lady Marmalade," recorded with Lil' Kim, Christina Aguilera, and P!nk for the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge. The colorful cover of the LaBelle classic reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Also in 2002, Mya appeared as a murderers' row prisoner in Chicago. Moodring, Mya's third album, was issued in June 2003 and would be her last release to be certified gold. Top-heavy with "My Love Is Like...Wo" and "Fallen" as the first two songs and the only singles, it was nonetheless her finest album, enhanced with input from the likes of Stewart, Elliott, Timbaland, and the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The path to Mya's fourth album was not nearly as smooth. Numerous obstacles were encountered before, during, and after its making. There were acting roles in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Shall We Dance?, and Cursed. She moved from A&M/Interscope to Motown for the somewhat ironically titled Liberation, which was released only in Japan. Mya established her own label, Planet 9, but her fifth album -- Sugar & Spice, released in standard and double-disc editions -- wasn't released outside Japan either. A digital download mixtape was made available in 2009, the same year Mya competed on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. Two years later, she released K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple), her most pop- and club-oriented album. A trio of relatively R&B-rooted EPs -- With Love, Sweet XVI, and Love Elevation Suite -- followed in 2014 and 2015. On Valentine's Day 2016, Mya released her seventh LP, Smoove Jones, which received a Best R&B Album nomination at the 59th Grammy Awards. The following year, she issued the singles "Ready for Whatever" and "Ready, Pt. II," which appeared on her eighth album, TKO (The Knock Out), which arrived in April 2018. ~ Andy Kellman & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Case of the Ex
  3.   My Love Is Like...Wo
  4.   Movin' On
  5.   Free
  6.   It's All About Me by Sisqó
  7.   Fallen
  8.   The Best of Me
  9.   Take a Picture
  10.   Man in My Life
  11.   Whatever Bitch
  12.   Ready 4 Whatever 2.0
  13.   Takin' Me Over
  14.   Knock You Out
  15.   Free Fallin'
  16.   If You Were Mine
  17.   You Got Me
  18.   Super Woman
  19.   Lock U Down by Lil Wayne
  20.   After the Rain
  21.   Now or Never
  22.   Step
  23.   Fear of Flying
  24.   Movin' Out featuring Noreaga
  25.   A Escondidas
  26.   Amor Prohibido
  27.   Te Vas
  28.   Tú Te Pasaste by Lo Blanquito
  29.   Tu Canción
  30.   No Regreses
  31.   Lejos De Aquí
  32.   Piénsalo
  33.   Te Olvidaré by Pedro Capó
  34.   Ready, Pt. III
  35.   If Tomorrow Never Comes
  36.   Down
  37.   Open
  38.   The Fall
  39.   Damage
  40.   Mya_you Got Me_clean_master 2
  41.   Ray Tay Tay by Uncle Ellis
  42.   Circle Of Life (Ol' Skoo' Joint)
  43.   Hold On by Phil Ade'
  44.   Smoove Jones Radio (Intro)
  45.   Team You
  46.   Elevator
  47.   Welcome To My World
  48.   Elastic Heart
  49.   Space
  50.   Movin' Out featuring Corey Woods
  51.   Evolve
  52.   Mess Up My Hair
  53.   Mr. Incredible
  54.   Work It Out
  55.   The Only One
  56.   Ponytail by Nicki Minaj
  57.   Now or Lata
  58.   Manaholic
  59.   I'm Back by Slim Thug
  60.   Go Hard or Go Home
  61.   Control Freak
  62.   Club Go Crazy by Chamillionaire
  63.   About My B.I. by Shawty Lo
  64.   $ Can't Buy My Love
  65.   Show Me Something
  66.   Black Out
  67.   W by Bobby Valentino
  68.   Take It Back
  69.   So Icey featuring Gucci Mane
  70.   Rollercoaster featuring Bizzy Bone
  71.   Might Not Be by Bobby Valentino
  72.   Get out Our Way by Mobb Deep
  73.   Ridin
  74.   Taste This
  75.   Late
  76.   Sophisticated Lady
  77.   No Sleep Tonight
  78.   Get over (Outro)
  79.   My First Night With You
  80.   Bye Bye
  81.   If You Died I Wouldn't Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway
  82.   Like Me featuring G. Dep
  83.   Tu Y Yo
  84.   Same Page
  85.   With You by Lamar "Myguymars" Edwards
  86.   Turn It Up (Intro)
  87.   Baby It's Yours
  88.   Día Y Noche
  89.   Loco Por Ti featuring Abraham Mateo
  90.   T.K.O. Interlude by AGuyNamedCliff
  91.   Simple Things
  92.   Ready for Whatever
  93.   Smoove Jones Afta Glow Show (Outro)
  94.   One Man Woman (Ol' Skoo' Joint)
  95.   On One
  96.   The Truth
  97.   Patience
  98.   Unbreakable
  99.   M-O-N-E-Y
  100.   Want My Dough by Twista
  101.   Tic Toc
  102.   New York Girl featuring Keith Murray
  103.   It's Real by Ginuwine
  104.   Height of My Love
  105.   For the Og's by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  106.   Ayo by DJ Kool
  107.   Do You Only Wanna Dance
  108.   Hurry Up
  109.   Anatomy 10n1
  110.   Why You Gotta Look So Good
  111.   Where the Dream Takes You
  112.   Lie Detector
  113.   Pussycats
  114.   That's Why I Wanna Fight
  115.   Don't Be Afraid
  116.   Anytime You Want Me
  117.   Keep on Lovin' Me
  118.   How You Gonna Tell Me
  119.   Fuego by Leslie Grace
  120.   Love Elevation Suite (Intro)
  121.   Ray Tay Tay
  122.   We're Gonna Make Ya Dance
  123.   Open by GoldLink
  124.   Coolin'
  125.   Spoil Me
  126.   Right Now
  127.   Cherry Lips
  128.   Ride and Shake
  129.   Full Service by Trae
  130.   Real Compared to What
  131.   You
  132.   Things Come & Go
  133.   Can't Believe
  134.   Grandma Says
  135.   4 Meses
  136.   What Cha Say
  137.   Phya
  138.   Let's Dance
  139.   You Dont Wanna featuring Ludacris
  140.   G.M.O. (Got My Own) by Tink
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