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Nelly Furtado

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When Nelly Furtado appeared with her neo-hippie, multiculti debut, Whoa, Nelly!, in 2001, a dance-diva makeover seemed like an impossibility, but the singer/songwriter revived and sustained her career with the sexually charged Loose in 2006, in the process consolidating her position as one of the most unpredictable artists of her decade. Furtado always proudly displayed her Portuguese heritage, a distinction that separated her from legions of emerging female singer/songwriters in the early days of the new millennium, but her uniqueness didn’t cease there: she had an ear for elliptical yet memorable melodies, a taste for Brit-pop balanced by an immersion in modern R&B and hip-hop. All this surfaced on Whoa, Nelly! and its hits "Turn Off the Light" and "I'm Like a Bird," but she really pushed her rhythmic influences to the forefront on Loose, resulting in "Promiscuous" and "Man Eater," her biggest hits to date, and suggesting that Furtado had many avenues yet to explore. A native of the Canadian city of Victoria, Furtado was a musically precocious child, learning to play a variety of instruments and singing in choirs, spending as much time listening to modern R&B like Mariah Carey and TLC as she did Brit-pop, eventually winding her way toward hip-hop and Brazilian music. Upon her high school graduation she headed to Toronto, soon joining the hip-hop duo Nelstar. Not long afterward, the duo of Brian West and Gerald Eaton, core members of the Philosopher Kings, produced the Furtado demo that led to her contract with DreamWorks. Whoa, Nelly!, her first album, appeared in late 2000 and DreamWorks built the album gradually, capitalizing on strong reviews and a supporting slot for Moby, with the record truly taking off when "I'm Like a Bird" turned into a hit on a road that led to a Grammy for Song of the Year. This was one of four Grammy nominations and several hits including "Turn Off the Light," which displayed her rhythmic roots in a way "I'm Like a Bird" did not. Furtado had a daughter as she was working on her second album, and her new role as a mother was evident on Folklore. Released in November 2003, it was an ambitious album that garnered some good reviews along with some negative notices, and it failed to generate a hit. Perhaps the under-performance of Folklore pushed Furtado toward the musical makeover of Loose, the 2006 album produced largely by hip-hop superstar Timbaland. Heavy on grooves and overtly sexual, Loose had a pair of smash singles: "Promiscuous," which was a chart-topper in the U.S., and "Maneater," which performed the same feat in the U.K. Both singles set the soundtrack for 2006 around the world, helping the album shift seven million copies internationally. Her star status fortified, Furtado took her time delivering a follow-up, releasing her first Spanish-language album, Mi Plan, in September 2009. A collection of remixes from Mi Plan appeared a year later and was followed just a few weeks later by The Best of Nelly Furtado. Her fifth studio album, the largely positive and upbeat The Spirit Indestructible, was scheduled for release during fall 2012. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Nelly Furtado

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    12 songs

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    The Spirit Indestructible

    19 songs

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    The Spirit Indestructible [Deluxe Edition]

    11 songs

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    Mi Plan

    17 songs

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    Whoa, Nelly! [Special Edition] [2 Discs]

    13 songs

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    Loose

    12 songs

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    Folklore

    12 songs

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    Whoa, Nelly! [International Version]

    4 songs

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    Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

    6 songs

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    Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

    7 songs

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    Parking Lot [The Remixes Part 1]

    5 songs

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    Parking Lot

    3 songs

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    Night Is Young

    4 songs

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    Manos al Aire

    4 songs

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    Edicion Limitada en Espanol

    1 song

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    Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

    2 songs

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    Night Is Young

    1 song

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    Bajo Otra Luz

    1 song

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    Más

    1 song

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    Más

    1 song

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    Manos al Aire

    1 song

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    Do It

    4 songs

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    All Good Things (Come to an End)

    2 songs

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    Promiscuous

    17 songs

    On Air

    The Best of Nelly Furtado

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Top Songs by
Nelly Furtado

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    Popularity
  2.   Say It Right
  3.   Promiscuous
  4.   I'm Like a Bird
  5.   Maneater
  6.   Turn Off the Light
  7.   Night Is Young
  8.   Fuerte
  9.   Manos al Aire
  10.   Do It
  11.   Waiting for the Night
  12.   Parking Lot
  13.   Silencio by Josh Groban
  14.   Bang the Drum
  15.   Wait for You by Timbaland
  16.   Try
  17.   Afraid by Attitude
  18.   All Good Things (Come to an End)
  19.   Glow
  20.   Hey, Man!
  21.   Thoughts by The Kenyan Boys Choir
  22.   Be OK
  23.   Believers (Arab Spring)
  24.   Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
  25.   Hockey, The Greatest Game in the Land featuring Allie Macdonald
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Nelly Furtado

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    Justin Timberlake: DNA

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    '00s #1 Hits

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    Adele: DNA

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    Janet Jackson: DNA

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    Josh Groban: I Am The DJ

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    Gwen Stefani: DNA

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    Soft Hits

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Now THIS Is Music

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    Britney Spears: DNA

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    Pop Pool Party

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    '80s, '90s & Today


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