Late Nights & Early Mornings

Marsha AmbrosiusMarch 1, 2011
Neo-Soul℗ 2011 J Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
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Late Nights & Early Mornings is the debut studio album by English recording artist and former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius. It was released by J Records on 1 March 2011. This was Ambrosius' only album for J Records before the label's dissolution seven months later. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 96,400 copies sold in the first week.

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Anticipation (Intro)1:28
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With You5:09
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Late Nights & Early Mornings3:27
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Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)4:03
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Far Away7:16
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Lose Myself5:03
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Your Hands3:29
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I Want You To Stay3:49
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Sour Times3:20
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Tears2:57
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Chasing Clouds3:45
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The Break Up Song3:24
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Butterflies (Remix)4:11
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Total length
51:32
Tracks
13
Released
March 1, 2011
Label
℗ 2011 J Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
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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