Como uma força, como uma força...
Nelly Furtado (b. December 2, 1978) is a Portuguese-Canadian recording artist, songwriter, record producer and actress. Her folk-pop debut album, Whoa Nelly!
spawned hits such as "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn Off the Light" and "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)". Her second album based on the folk-pop template, Folklore
, didn't do as well
, sparking a change of direction musically.
In 2006 she released the controversial Loose
, which was produced by Timbaland. While Loose
has been her most successful release to date, spawning rave reviews and receiving Gold and Platinum accreditations worldwide, Furtado also received criticism for "selling out" and sexing up her image to sell records.
In 2009 Furtado released Mi Plan
, a Latin rock album recorded entirely in Spanish. This was also a success (though not the worldwide smash Loose
was), going Platinum in the US and charting in many European countries. A Greatest Hits Album
was released the next year.
Her fifth studio album, The Spirit Indestructible
, was released in September 2012.
- Age Progression Song: "Explode".
- Bare Your Midriff: Does this in a few of her videos, going all the way back to "I'm Like a Bird". Both covers for "Whoa, Nelly!" feature this, as does the PAL cover of "Loose".
- Be Yourself: "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Shit on the Radio", "Afraid", "Spirit Indestructible".
- Break Up Song: "All Good Things (Come To An End)"
- But Not Too Black: "Powerless (Say What You Want)" opens with a criticism on how she was treated with this.
- Corpsing: Featured in both "Saturdays" and the chatter preceding "Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)" (as it tries to incorporate the whole conversation that happened once the song was shown to her manager, leading Nelly to laugh).
- Genre Roulette: She's dabbled in pop, rock, folk, R&B, Hip Hop, Synth Pop, Trip hop, Latin pop and world music.
- Genre Throwback: In The Spirit Undestructible she tries to go back to rap and R&B of The Nineties, specially as Rodney Jerkins is one of the producers.
- Gold Digger \ Hello, Nurse!: The title character of "Maneater".
- Gratuitous Portuguese: Given her ascendence, she is fluent in Portuguese. It shows in "Força", and the cover of Brazilian song "Sozinho".
- Gratuitous Spanish: In Loose and the entirety of Mi Plan.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: "Try" opens with one, taken from the sonogram of Nelly's daughter Mavis.
- Hotter and Sexier: Loose. Both the album itself and its corresponding era.
- Innocent Innuendo: "Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)" has the phrase "the bigger the better" proeminently... but as the title shows, it refers to earrings.
- Intercourse with You: Loose has plenty of it: "Do It", "Promiscuous", "Maneater"...
- Intentionally Awkward Title: "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)". The censored title omits the first word.
- New Sound Album: Loose marked a radical change from her previous towards an R&B-crunk direction, with some people comparing her to Gwen Stefani. Mi Plan was a throwback to her folk-rock roots but really leant more towards traditional Latin rock with some dance-pop thrown in for good measure. The Spirit Indestructible is more focused on world music.
- Pun-Based Title: Whoa, N̶e̶l̶l̶i̶e̶ Nelly!
- Ready for Lovemaking: The two characters of "Promiscuous".
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Her speaking voice is pretty much your typical young woman's voice, not really very high or low, no major accent present. Her singing voice? Sharp, nasal, a bit shrill, and accent in full force. However, her softer singing moments aren't QUITE as jarring, but they're still a little surprising.
- Her second language is also shocking, given her English doesn't sound that Canadian, but her Portuguese is akin to a Lisbon native.
- Third-Person Person: "Maneater".
- Spicy Latina: Subverted. She acts like a Latin American but she's actually Portuguese-Canadian.
- Studio Chatter: There's some practically before and after every song in Loose and The Spirit Indestructible. This is used to convey the "relaxed" nature of the album.