Rockferry

Label
Mercury Records
Release date
13 May 2008
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
37:46

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Rockferry 4:13 310,580
2 Warwick Avenue 3:46 470,752
3 Serious 4:10 256,527
4 Stepping Stone 3:29 327,641
5 Syrup & Honey 3:18 249,162
6 Hanging on Too Long 3:57 259,095
7 Mercy 3:41 684,352
8 Delayed Devotion 2:57 266,864
9 I'm Scared 3:09 242,864
10 Distant Dreamer 5:06 232,533

About this album

Rockferry is the Grammy and Brit Award winning, debut studio album by Welsh singer Duffy, first released on 3 March 2008 by Mercury Records in collaboration with Universal Records in the US and with Polydor Records in the UK. The album became a worldwide success, becoming the best selling album in the UK in 2008, with 1.7 million copies sold.[1][2] The album was the fourth best selling album of 2008 worldwide.[3]

Prior to releasing the album, Duffy appeared twice on Jools Holland’s music show, performing the tracks “Mercy”, “Warwick Avenue” and her version of “The First Cut Is the Deepest”. The album title Rockferry, according to Duffy,[4] is loosely based on Rock Ferry, a suburb of Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula and approximately ten miles from the Welsh border and three miles from Liverpool.

The album art and video for the title track were shot on and around the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed ‘Rockferry’ for the occasion. The timing of the photoshoot was somewhat before the release of the album, when Duffy was still a relatively unknown performer.[5]

The album won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, which were presented 8 February, 2009[6]. Rockferry was ranked number 30th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the Best Albums of 2008. The album also won Album Of The Year at the 2009 BRIT Awards. At the end of 2008, Q named the album the 6th best album of 2008 and Mojo named it the 31st best album of 2008.

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