Pluto (Future album)

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Studio album by Future
Released April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13)
(see release history)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre Hip hop[1]
Length 56:44
Label A1, Freebandz, Epic
Producer K.E. on the Track, Sonny Digital, Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Spinz, Jon Boi, Juicy J, Organized Noize, Nard & B, DJ Pharris, John Blu, Rico Wade, Marz, Luney Tunez, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Pnasty, Will-A-Fool, EffBeezy Traxz
Future chronology
Astronaut Status
Pluto 3D
Singles from Pluto
  1. "Tony Montana"
    Released: September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19)
  2. "Go Harder"
    Released: November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)
  3. "Magic"
    Released: January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)
  4. "Same Damn Time"
    Released: March 24, 2012 (2012-03-24)
  5. "Turn On the Lights"
    Released: April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13)

Pluto is the debut studio album by American rapper Future. It was released through Epic Records (Sony Music Entertainment), A1 Recordings and his own label Freebandz Entertainment on April 13, 2012. The album[2] features guest appearances from Drake, T.I., Juicy J, Trae tha Truth, Big Rube, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg, with production by Will-A-Fool, Sonny Digital, K.E., among others.[3][4]

Upon its release, Pluto received generally positive reviews from music critics. It debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 and sold 41,000 copies in its first week. As of April 2014, the album had sold over 365,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


The album's lead single, "Tony Montana" was released on September 19, 2011 and was produced by Will-A-Fool.[5] The official remix of "Tony Montana" featuring Canadian Young Money recording artist Drake was released on October 14, 2011.[6] This track was included on his mixtape True Story.[7] The single's music video was released on October 27, 2011.[8] It peaked at number four on the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, number 22 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number 18 on the U.S. Rap Songs chart.[9] "Go Harder" was released digitally as the second single from Pluto on November 29, 2011[10] and impacted rhythmic contemporary radio on January 10, 2012.[11]

The official remix of "Magic" featuring T.I. was released as the album's third single on January 24, 2012.[12] The music video of the remix was released on January 31, 2012 and this track was also included on his mixtape True Story.[13] "Magic" peaked at number 69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number 10 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number 13 on the U.S. Rap Songs chart.[14]

"Same Damn Time" was sent to radio as the album's fourth single on March 24, 2012.[15] The single's music video was released on April 4, 2012.[16] This track was first included on his mixtape Streetz Calling. The official remix of "Same Damn Time" was released on May 17, 2012, featuring rappers Diddy and Ludacris.[17] The music video of the remix was released on July 22, 2012.[18] It peaked at number 92 on the U.S. Hot 100, number 12 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and number 16 on the U.S. Rap Songs chart.[19]

The album's fifth single, "Turn On the Lights" was released on April 13, 2012. It peaked at number 50 on the U.S. Hot 100, number two on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, number four on the U.S. Rap Songs chart, and number one on the Heatseekers Songs chart, making it the album's most successful single to date.[20] It was announced that Future scored the number one spot on the Mediabase Urban Mainstream chart for his Mike WiLL-produced single, "Turn On the Lights".[21] It's also his most successful song on the latter three charts, and his most successful single as a lead artist.[21] The official remix of "Turn On the Lights" features Lil Wayne.[22] In April, Future received a plaque for his "Turn On the Lights" single going Gold.[23]


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[24]
The A.V. Club C+[25]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[26]
Fact 2.5/5 stars[27]
HipHopDX 2/5 stars[28]
Now 4/5 stars[29]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[1]
Spin 8/10[30]
XXL 3/5 (L)[31]

Pluto received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, based on 10 reviews.[32] David Jeffries of AllMusic called it "fat and redundant at 15 tracks, but it delivers whenever you desire that purple and woozy, Cudi-meets-Khalifa flavor", and wrote that "Future comes off as a memorable name in spite of his narrow style."[24] Pitchfork Media's Jordan Sargent wrote that, "though it will sound instantly recognizable, his personality, voice, and skewed take on pop-rap make it instantly different."[1] Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin called its songs "so well-defined" with "more advanced experiments" than Future's previous mixtapes and stated, "The more adventurous listener might wonder what he could accomplish if he broke free of his genre's gravitational pull entirely."[30]

In a mixed review, Alex Macpherson of Fact found the album too conventional, calling it "template rap", and stated, "Both Future's drugged-out vocal style and the chintzy production, so arresting in isolation, become wearying".[27] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club called Pluto a "sporadically engrossing, frequently frustrating curiosity" and commented that it "is a more compelling listen than an album with so many atrocious lyrical turns has any right to be."[25] MSN Music's Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention,[26] He cited "Turn On the Lights" and "Permanent Scar" as highlights and quipped, "The truth is, his Auto-Tuned flow has more future in it than his intermittently interplanetary rhymes".[26]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies.[33] As of April 2014, the album had sold over 365,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[34]


Chris Richards of The Washington Post placed the album at number four on his list of the top-10 albums of 2012.[35] The New York Times' Jon Caramanica included the album in his top-10 albums list, ranking it at number nine.[36] Jody Rosen of Slate placed the album at number one on his top-20 albums list for 2012.[37] Spin ranked the album number 11 on its list of 50 Best Albums of 2012.[38] The album was listed 34th on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[39] Consequence of Sound ranked the album number 36 on its list of top-50 albums of the year.[40] Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 37 on its list of 50 Best Albums of 2012.[41]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Future is Now" (featuring Big Rube) Organized Noize 1:04
2. "Parachute" (featuring R. Kelly) DJ Pharris, John Blu 4:09
3. "Straight Up"   Nard & B 2:58
4. "Astronaut Chick"   Will-A-Fool 4:13
5. "Magic (Remix)" (featuring T.I.) K.E. on the Track 3:31
6. "I'm Trippin'" (featuring Juicy J) Juicy J, Crazy Mike (co.) 4:41
7. "Truth Gonna Hurt You"   Mike WiLL Made It, A+ (co.) 3:38
8. "Neva End"   Mike WiLL Made It, P-Nasty (co.) 4:22
9. "Tony Montana" (featuring Drake) Will-A-Fool 4:08
10. "Permanent Scar"   Jon Boi 4:05
11. "Same Damn Time"   Sonny Digital 4:33
12. "Long Live the Pimp" (featuring Trae tha Truth) Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E. 3:28
13. "Homicide" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Jon Boi, Jordan J. Sirhan (co.) 4:10
14. "Turn On the Lights"   Mike WiLL Made It, Marz (co.) 4:09
15. "You Deserve It"   Nard & B, DJ Spinz 3:35
Total length:


  • Track listing and credits from album booklet.[42]


Credits for Pluto adapted from liner notes.[42]


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Germany April 13, 2012 CD, digital download Sony Music Entertainment
United Kingdom April 16, 2012 RCA Records
Canada April 17, 2012 Sony Music Entertainment
United States Epic Records
Japan April 25, 2012 Sony Music Entertainment Japan


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