The Letter, previously titled Wake Up, is the sixth studio album by R&B singer Avant, which released on December 21, 2010. It is the first release with his new label, Verve Forecast - his fifth overall with Universal Music Group, which released his first four albums through MCA and Geffen (Capitol Records, which released the singer's self-titled album, is owned by EMI). The first single from the album is "Kiss Goodbye", which peaked at number 60 on the US BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second single "Your Body is the Business" is currently[when?] at number 73 on the same chart. The third and last single "Graduated" is currently peaked in number 12 on the chart.
Speaking in January 2011 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis - Assistant Editor of Blues & Soul - Avant described his reasons for titling the album The Letter as being because it represents "a letter from me to my fans, to tell them what's going on in my life, what's going through my head, and my struggles as a man."