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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.   G.M.O. (Got My Own) by Tink
  12.   Super Woman
  13.   Free Fallin'
  14.   We're Gonna Make Ya Dance
  15.   You Got Me
  16.   Evolve
  17.   Work It Out
  18.   Tic Toc
  19.   You
  20.   Ready 4 Whatever 2.0
  21.   The Fall
  22.   One Man Woman (Ol' Skoo' Joint)
  23.   Coolin'
  24.   Phya
  25.   Hold On by Phil Ade'
  26.   Elevator
  27.   On One
  28.   Love Elevation Suite (Intro)
  29.   M-O-N-E-Y
  30.   Mr. Incredible
  31.   Full Service by Trae
  32.   Control Freak
  33.   About My B.I. by Shawty Lo
  34.   $ Can't Buy My Love
  35.   Show Me Something
  36.   New York Girl featuring Keith Murray
  37.   Height of My Love
  38.   Ayo by DJ Kool
  39.   Things Come & Go
  40.   Hurry Up
  41.   Why You Gotta Look So Good
  42.   How You Gonna Tell Me
  43.   That's Why I Wanna Fight
  44.   Can't Believe
  45.   Movin' Out featuring Noreaga
  46.   With You by Lamar "Myguymars" Edwards
  47.   If Tomorrow Never Comes
  48.   Simple Things
  49.   Open
  50.   Damage
  51.   Same Page
  52.   Mya_you Got Me_clean_master 2
  53.   Ready for Whatever
  54.   Ray Tay Tay by Uncle Ellis
  55.   Smoove Jones Afta Glow Show (Outro)
  56.   Spoil Me
  57.   Smoove Jones Radio (Intro)
  58.   Team You
  59.   Welcome To My World
  60.   Elastic Heart
  61.   The Truth
  62.   Patience
  63.   Space
  64.   Unbreakable
  65.   Right Now
  66.   Movin' Out featuring Corey Woods
  67.   Mess Up My Hair
  68.   Ride and Shake
  69.   The Only One
  70.   Ponytail by Nicki Minaj
  71.   Now or Lata
  72.   Manaholic
  73.   I'm Back by Slim Thug
  74.   Go Hard or Go Home
  75.   Club Go Crazy by Chamillionaire
  76.   Black Out
  77.   Take It Back
  78.   It's Real by Ginuwine
  79.   For the Og's by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  80.   Ridin
  81.   Lock U Down by Lil Wayne
  82.   Let's Dance
  83.   Do You Only Wanna Dance
  84.   Late
  85.   Step
  86.   No Sleep Tonight
  87.   Get over (Outro)
  88.   Fear of Flying
  89.   Now or Never
  90.   Lie Detector
  91.   My First Night With You
  92.   Anytime You Want Me
  93.   If You Were Mine
  94.   Whatever Bitch
  95.   What Cha Say
  96.   T.K.O. Interlude by AGuyNamedCliff
  97.   Ray Tay Tay
  98.   Cherry Lips
  99.   You Dont Wanna featuring Ludacris
  100.   Rollercoaster featuring Bizzy Bone
  101.   Might Not Be by Bobby Valentino
  102.   Like Me featuring G. Dep
  103.   Get out Our Way by Mobb Deep
  104.   Taste This
  105.   Takin' Me Over
  106.   Grandma Says
  107.   Pussycats
  108.   Turn It Up (Intro)
  109.   Don't Be Afraid
  110.   If You Died I Wouldn't Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway
  111.   Knock You Out
  112.   Baby It's Yours
  113.   Down
  114.   Want My Dough by Twista
  115.   W by Bobby Valentino
  116.   Sophisticated Lady
  117.   Where the Dream Takes You
  118.   Keep on Lovin' Me
  119.   Bye Bye
  120.   Circle Of Life (Ol' Skoo' Joint)
  121.   Real Compared to What
  122.   Anatomy 10n1
  123.   Open by GoldLink
  124.   After the Rain
  125.   So Icey featuring Gucci Mane
  126.   Ready, Pt. III
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