FROOT

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MARINAMarch 16, 2015
'10s Alternative℗ 2015 except tracks 1&2 ℗ 2014 Atlantic Records UK Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company
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Froot is the third studio album by Welsh singer and songwriter Marina Diamandis, professionally known as Marina and the Diamonds. It was originally scheduled to be released on 3 April 2015 by Neon Gold Records and Atlantic Records, although it was ultimately released on 13 March 2015 in reaction to unauthorised Internet leaks. Written entirely by Diamandis, she collaborated with David Kosten for production.
Musically, Froot is primarily a pop record with elements of dream pop, synth-pop, indie pop and indie rock. Music critics commended its cohesive production and further applauded Diamandis for her vocal delivery. A critical success, it appeared on several critics' year-end lists in 2015. The record debuted at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 10,411 copies. It also became her first top 10 album in the United States, debuting at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart after selling 46,000 units.
The "Froot of the Month" campaign saw six songs released on a monthly basis in anticipation of the record.

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Happy4:03
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Froot5:31
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I'm a Ruin4:32
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Blue4:14
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Forget4:09
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Gold4:14
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Can't Pin Me Down3:25
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Solitaire4:37
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Better Than That4:36
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Weeds4:07
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Savages4:16
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Immortal5:21
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Tracks
12
Released
March 16, 2015
Label
℗ 2015 except tracks 1&2 ℗ 2014 Atlantic Records UK Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company
File type
MP3
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Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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Required for streaming and downloading
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Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
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