Dia Frampton was a member of American rock band Meg & Dia along with her sister Meg and additional members Nicholas Price, Jonathan Snyder and Carlo Gimenez. After appearing on the first season of the Americanrealitytalent showThe Voice, as a contestant (and eventual runner-up) in early 2011, Dia Frampton began her career as a solo recording artist.
The album received positive reviews from music critics who highlighted the production, features and lyrics. Allmusic gave it a 3 out of 5 rating stating "Dia Frampton's 2011 major-label debut, Red, is a sweet, melodic, and pop-oriented affair that builds upon her second-place finish in the 2011 season of NBC's The Voice". They also give praise to tracks, "Don't Kick the Chair" featuring Kid Cudi as well as "Isabella", saying those tracks "have an alternative singer/songwriter meets electronic pop vibe that fits nicely along with such similarly inclined artists as Ellie Goulding, Lights, and Alex Winston". They also complimented the countrypower balladduet with Frampton's The Voice coach Blake Shelton, "the screwball dance-club oddity", "Billy the Kid" and various acoustic moments like the bittersweet "Daniel." Chuck Campbell of Honolulu Pulse claims "Although Frampton is consistently presented as an adorable sort, it sounds genuine enough that when she sings on closer "Trapeze," 'If I could tell you one thing, I’d tell you I’m not leaving,' you hope she means it". They comment on how "It’s rare for singing-competition shows like "American Idol" to turn contestants into actual idols." however they noted "Dia Frampton’s Red gets it right".
The album debuted at number one on the BillboardTop Heatseekers. It also debuted at number 106 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, selling a little over 10,000 copies in its first week. The album has also gone Gold in Thailand.