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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Blag Magazine (UK, 2006)

Blag Magazine (UK, 2006)
“It wasn’t until I got to work with Timbaland in Miami where I was like, “Wooow, this is exciting, I want the whole album to sound like this”” – Nelly Furtado
“[Loose] was more about catching a vibe in the studio. If we didn’t feel a vibe we would move onto something new. So it was very vibe oriented and I learnt how to really let go and follow my impulses” – Nelly Furtado
Interview: Sally A. Edwards

Friday, April 18, 2008

WWD Beauty Biz Magazine (US, 2007)

WWD Beauty Biz Magazine (US, September 14, 2007)


By Jenny B. Fine
Photographed by Guy Aroch: Click Here
Talk about hot. During Nelly Furtado's first day of recording her latest album Loose, a speaker spontaneously combusted, bursting into flames and sending Furtado and her producer Timbaland fleeing for safety.
Since then, the temperature has continued to rise for the Canadian pop star. Loose, which made its debut at number one when it was released in June of last year, has subsequently gone platinum or gold in 28 countries, making Furtado the biggest-selling female recording artist of the last 12 months. Four singles have hit number one worldwide, and Furtado won five Juno awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys), a Brit Award and a Grammy nomination. She had Princes William and Harry dancing in their seats during her rollicking performance at the Concert for Diana in early July, while Loose continues to sell about 100,000 copies a week globally. And earlier this summer she got engaged to Demacio "Demo" Castellon, a sound engineer she met while recording the album. No surprise she's loving every moment.
"With my first album, I didn't take the time to enjoy the success," says Furtado, whose freshman effort in 2000, Whoa, Nelly, sold almost five million copies and was followed in 2003 with Folklore. "The third time around, I'm not taking it for granted. I'm enjoying myself more and I finally feel comfortable on stage 100 percent of the time. Before, I had a love-hate relationship with performing," she continues. "Now, I love it."
Furtado had plenty of opportunity to perform this year. In addition to touring Europe and the U.S., she was a frequent presence at myriad award shows, both on stage and on the red carpet. For Furtado, the two are closely intertwined. "The red carpet is almost like when you go out on stage and perform, because you never know what the audience is going to be like and what's going to capture people's attention," she says. "You want to be comfortable, but not too comfortable, because then you're not taking a risk."
While some stars may profess not to pay attention to the cadre of red-carpet fashion critics, Furtado approaches it with eyes wide open. "The red carpet is a tool," she says. "It's where you go to launch a new project or album or look. You can't show up in a potato sack." No danger of that for Furtado, who's worn Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Versace, among others, and also champions Canadian designers such as Greta Constantine, Izzy Camilleri and Arthur Mendonca.
On the beauty front, she's shown herself to be equally as chameleon-like and fearless. She has a face that makeup artists swoon over, sometimes opting for a strong, smoky eye, sometimes an attention-grabbing red lip, sometimes a bright wash of color on her cheeks and lips; on the hair front, she's not afraid to experiment either. This year alone, her hair has been straight, curly, long, short, up, down, with and without bangs and, most recently, she decided to lighten her color, too. When asked if she was game for wearing the dramatic fall makeup looks seen here, Furtado jumped at the opportunity. "For me, the more creative, the more artistic, the better," she says. Still, she's aware of perception versus reality in the music business, and works hard to keep the focus on who she is, rather than what she looks like.
"When you're a singer and you're singing someone's favorite song, they don't want to be staring at your eyeliner," says Furtado. "They want to look at your eyes, your expressions, your emotions. The way I keep my job fun is by trying new looks and styles, but you don't want to alienate the audience, either," she continues. "Most fans don't necessarily connect with that kind of high style-they think it looks crazy. You're always walking the line between looking fresh and interesting and maintaining a familiarity."
Most of Furtado's fans would be able to relate to her daily routine, honed during months of rigorous travel. "I've learned what I need for maximum effect and minimal effort," she says. That includes cream blush by Bobbi Brown or Stila, skin care by Guinot and, most recently, ProActiv's anti-acne line. "It's like a guerilla attack on acne," she laughs.
Though Furtado recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, she shows no signs of slowing down. There's talk of creating a band with Timbaland, who's currently working with Madonna, and she's also interested in recording an album in Spanish or Portuguese (her family emigrated to Canada from Portugal). Loose will be rereleased in October, with additional tracks and some Spanish songs, and Furtado also hopes to release a live performance DVD and album. "Music has been my whole life," says the 28-year-old, who started writing music at age three, playing instruments at seven and recording professionally at 16. "God was nice and decided to give me this one talent so I wouldn't end up in the street," she laughingly adds.
That doesn't seem likely. Though Furtado has many of the trappings that come with the territory, she doesn't have the ego. "Every year, Giorgio Armani sends me a birthday present with a telegram. I keep them all, in case one day I have nothing to do with this business and I'm living in a tent; I can pull them all out and say, 'One day long ago, Giorgio Armani wanted me to wear his sunglasses and dresses.'"
If Furtado seems extraordinarily grounded for a pop superstar, that's because she is. "I come from simple, humble, working class roots," she says. "I work really hard and that keeps me grounded. It's grounding to be a mother and to have my family around me." She pauses for a moment. "Recently my aunt taught me how to make some traditional Portuguese soups. I try to do as many normal things as I can and all the other stuff, that's fantastic and wonderful, but I take it with a grain of salt and treat it with whimsy."
Red Hot:
"Nelly has the most amazing face for makeup," raves makeupartist Charlie Green, who created the looks here. Of this season's must-have red lip, Green says, "I love the elegance of a perfect lip. I love that it's the one thing that you can do that has instant impact."
Bare Essential:
When clothes are rich in color and texture, as this season's directional looks are, makeup takes a backseat. "Think gorgeous, monochromatic, matte skin with a nude lip, tons of mascara, defined eyebrows and killer cheekbones," says Green. "It's very polished - not too much, not too little."
Direct Effect:
"Nelly has exquisite eyes," says Green. "They're an amazing color with an insane tilt to the edge." To highlight them, Green first applied a cream eyeliner, then brushed on layers of shadow in black, copper, gold and bronze to achieve the look seen here. "By layering on deep pigment, you create a color so luscious it's like velvet. There's nothing sexier than a strong eye."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Chín Magazine (US, 2006)

Chín Magazine (US, September 30, 2006)

So Chill – Nelly Furtado is feeling laid back, she’s feeling sexy and in charge and her music is all the better for it.
“There’s this weird miami aesthetic running through [the album]... there’s a deep, dark spookiness, intensity and rawness to that aesthetic and I think the album captures those things.”
“... We catch a vibe and ride the wave and finish the song. We mix it and put it away and move onto the next record. All the little raw notes are in there, rough around the edges, some of the bass is distorted and my lyrics are written in seconds; but it’s all very unpretentious.”
Photography by Scott Council: Click Here

Turn Off The Light 12” (2001)

Turn Off The Light 12” (2001)

12” Vinyl (2001)

Track Listing
A1. Turn Off The Light (Remix), featuring Ms. Jade and Timbaland
A2. Turn Off The Light (Yogle’s Sunshine Reggae Mix)
A3. Turn Off The Light (Richard Vission Astromatic Mix)
B1. I’m Like A Bird (Junior’s Earth Anthem)
B2. Turn Off The Light (Decibel’s After Midnight Mix)

Party's Just Begun (Again) 12" (2000)

Party's Just Begun Again 12" promo debut!

12” Vinyl (2000)

Track Listing
Side 1
A1. Party's Just Begun (Again) (LP Version)
A2. Party's Just Begun (Again) (Decibel Mix)
A3. Party's Just Begun (Again) (Syndicate Mix)
Side 2
B1. Party's Just Begun (Again) (Gavo's Deep Fried Mix)
B2. Party's Just Begun (Again) (Choroni Mix)
B3. Party's Just Begun (Again) (Reprise)
B4. Party's Just Begun (Again) (Vocal Mix)

Rare US promotional only 12" debut release on Giant Step 2000
plain sleeve with title sticker + press release
Advance release from the debut album "Whoa, Nelly!"Promotional issue with original DJ questionnaire bio sheet. Promo sticker on black jacket.

Hello! Magazine (Canada, 2007)

Hello! Magazine (Canada, 16 April 2007)

Nelly Furtado steals the show at the junos and opens up about her life as a mom.
“I’m a mother now so I’m more assertive”
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do”, says Nelly of balancing work and motherhood“I’m starting to become more of a diva!...I’m more assertive with what I want”
Report: Wendy Metcalfe
Cover photo by George Pimentel: Click Here

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hello! Magazine (Canada, 2006)

Hello! Magazine (Canada, 23 October 2006)

Exclusive photos and interview – Nelly Furtado
Pop music’s yummiest mummy opens up about: her daughter; embracing her heritage; her fearless confidence; finding powerful role models
"I'm new, better and improved," Nelly Furtado tells Hello! magazine in an exclusive interview and photo shoot in Toronto.The Grammy-winning sensation and pop music's yummiest mummy opens up about her daughter, embracing her heritage, her new found fearless confidence and finding powerful role models. The sexy songstress graces the cover of Hello! hitting news stands nationally starting today.
Highlights from the interview:
- On dancing in impossibly big stilettos: "I used to admire Beyoncé because she could dance in those high-heeled shoes. She could do stairs and everything! I thought, how does she do that?... I learnt how to walk in them and haven't looked back since."
- On what Nevis, her three year-old daughter, thinks of her glamorous mother: "We've developed quite a separation between work and home. She knows when I put the makeup on that it's time for work."
- On how becoming a mother changed her: "Overall, I felt like more of a woman and more in my body. That's another reason I'm so much more confident now. As a parent, you become more assertive."
- On role models: "Everything I am is due to the fact that I had strong female role models in my life. Obviously, my great grandmother is at the root of all that.... She was a toughie, that's for sure."
- On her home: "That's why I live in Toronto, which is a truly unique multicultural city. I want to raise Nevis in a culturally diverse environment and expose her to everything."

“Acting has taught me how to play roles and jump into a character. Some days, if I’m doing a lot of Tv interviews, I play different characters in each one.”
“The moment I gave birth I felt I could write the most beautiful poem in the world because I felt so connected to the world. All of a sudden, I knew the secret.”

Report: Nicholas Jennings
Hello Magazine Photoshoot: Click Here

Hello! Magazine (UK, 2006)

Hello! Magazine (UK, 24 October 2006)

Grammy-winning sensation Nelly Furtado on her bold new approach to music, love and life.
“I think I’m coming into my own again. It’s just me but I’m new and improved. I feel this amazing confidence”
Report: Nicholas Jennings
Hello Magazine Photoshoot: Click Here

Monday, April 14, 2008

Flare Magazine (Canada, 2007)

Flare Magazine (Canada, April 2007)
Say It Right
Promiscuous girl? Hardly. Canada’s hottest pop export, Nelly Furtado, may rock her body, but she’s all soul.
By Elio Iannacci
Photography by Max Abadian: Click Here
Nelly Furtado needs to teach a course on how to be a celebrity. It’s been seven years since the Victoria-born pop star released her debut disc, Whoa Nelly! – which plunged her into the limelight with the hit “I’m like a Bird” – and, yet, she’s still Canada’s most down-home international pop star. Although it sounds like an oxymoron, she really is our Nelly-from-the-block, and not in a chinchilla-wearing, bling-flashing, keep-it-real-while-I-Escalade-to-Tim-Hortons kind of way. Oh, no. She’s the type of girl who goes straight to the DJ booth – not the VIP room – when she enters a club. If a fan screams adoration at her along the way, you can bet your hoop earrings she’ll scream back “I love you, too!” in seconds.
Watching her in action while getting filmed in Toronto this past January during a commercial for the 2007 Juno Awards(Furtado will be hosting the CTV-broadcasted event in Saskatoon on April 1)was an eye-opener. Picture it: a studio filled with more than 30 people, lights as bright as a football stadium and hours of the woman getting touched up, prodded and ordered around by the stylist, the director and one curiously hyperactive production assistant. It would have been enough to turn the most easygoing person into a ball of nerves. Not Furtado. Decked out in an Arthur Mendonça gown, she finished her last close-up and proceeded to thank everyone on set for being “so patient” with her. Shaking hands with a few tired crew members, Furtado went as far as hugging her beleaguered makeup artist, telling her she did a “great job.” Suffice it to say, this was no Naomi Campbell moment.
Twenty minutes later, after changing from her cocktail dress into a pair of Diesel jeans and a cream-coloured sweater, Furtado – who apologized for being late – explains the importance of living la vida anti-diva.
“I really relate to Kylie Minogue’s strong work ethic,” she says. “She feels like she owes it to her fans to keep going. She’s always really gracious. I find it extremely honourable that, after she healed [Minogue has battled breast cancer], she headed back to finish her tour. I’ve met her a couple of times and she’s full of good energy.”
Not surprisingly, Furtado also made quite the impression on Minogue. After their last meeting, Furtado got a call from Kylie’s camp to see if she was available to collaborate with her for the Aussie pop queen’s next album. “We might do a duet,” Furtado says, smiling, revealing nothing else of her plans for the track. “We were supposed to hook up and write in London last week, but she was feeling a little under the weather. But we’re trying to make it happen.”
And making it happen – her way – is something at which Furtado is a pro. Although she has now amassed enough hit singles to rival contemporaries such as Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake and done her share of interviews with dirt-digging reporters, she’s cultivated a very private life out of an insanely public career.
If you think about it, what do most people actually know about Nelly Furtado? She’s beautiful, that’s for sure. The petite 28-year-old’s blue eyes are as stunning as her raven-coloured hair. She’s fit and radiates like someone who is clearly in her prime: “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life! The more I live, the better it gets!” Besides the fact that she’s managed to keep her hits hot and her head cool throughout her rapid success(three of her charted songs – “Say It Right,” “Maneater” and “Promiscuous” hit the top-10 global charts), not much is known about her. Which is quite refreshing for a star of her stature. As of late, she’s had no blog breakdowns, no nights of intoxication-to-exhaustion, no hair-salon meltdowns, no erratic firings of management, no throwing of bejeweled cell phones at assistants and, most importantly, no panty-less fashion choices.
But the Furtado image has gone through some major – to quote another pop idol – ch-ch-ch-changes. From the Neneh Cherry-inspired jewelry and hip-hop hoodies in the video for “Turn Off the Light”(from 2000’s Whoa Nelly!)to her lacy vintage pieces in the video for “Try”(from 2003’s Folklore), Furtado has always tailored her look to her musical project. “There is a difference between being a pop singer and a pop artist,” she says, trying to explain the method to her magic. “When I think of pop artists, I think of Madonna and people whose art reflects their life – someone like Janet Jackson. When [Jackson] came out with her Janet album [in 1993], it was as if she were truly going through a transformation, a metamorphosis. Those are the albums that have most impact. You have to combine the music with the image and the life behind it.”

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Strut Magazine (Canada, 2006)

Strut Magazine (Canada, June 2006)

Nelly Lets Loose
by Vicki Hogarth, photography by Markus Klinko & Indrani

In Los Angeles, there are many must-meet places for interviewing celebrities. There is the Chateau Marmont, of course, andthe equally famous The Ivy, where many chats over fine teas for fine magazines have taken place. So when I was arranging to meet Grammy winner Nelly Furtado, I was certain we would be lunching by the sea or on the Boulevard - or at least next to other celebs. Then, to my surprise, she sent word that she would prefer to meet on her own turf, in Toronto, at a place called Padaria Girassol.

Sounds fancy, doesn't it? It isn't. It's Portuguese for "Sunflower Bakery," and the perfect setting for a woman who isn't afraid to show her roots. At Padaria Girassol, a group of old men sit drinking coffee, reading the paper and talking amongst themselves at this small but bustling establishment on Geary Avenue. It's not a lavish patisserie, it's a low-key neighbourhood joint. Nelly arrives, all smiles, with her hair in a pony-tail. She bursts through the door in a spurt of energy that suggests she could hurdle the tables if she were so inclined. A sprightly 5'4", Furtado has piercing blue eyes that could demand the attention of pretty much anyone, even if she weren't a renowned musician. The men in the café, however, pay little attention to the star's presence.

"I rehearse down the street," she says, over a cup of coffee and a sandwich. "I come here and people are really chill. They never really say much." I tell Nelly that, before she arrived, a group of men beside me were in what appeared to be a heated debate in Portuguese. One of the men then leaned towards me and, on behalf of his companions, asked if I was from England. Nelly slams her hands on the table while laughing in amusement. "That's like my dad," she says, still laughing. "He goes to this coffee shop in the morning in Victoria [Nelly's hometown] with 10 or 15 of his friends who are all retired. They bring potatoes from the garden to show each other who has the biggest potatoes."

“I appreciate the culture Toronto has, and the arts community is really supportive. And the lack of sharks here.” – Nelly Furtado
“You really have to keep surprising people. And it’s not shock value, the sex thing, it’s about the style of music” – Nelly Furtado

Photographed exclusively for Strut by Markus Klinko & Indrani: Click Here
Shot on location exclusively for Strut Magazine in the historic Bradbury Building in L.A.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

IO Donna Magazine (Italia, 2007)

IO Donna Magazine (Italia, Octobre 2007)

Nelly Furtado – Ho venduto 20 milioni di dischi, ma mi eccito solo ai fornelli
“Nei video devo sempre sembrare una sventola da paura non si potrebbe girarne uno mentre scendo dal letto in pigiama senza un filo di trucco?” – Nelly Furtado
De Riccardo Romani
Foto Markus Klinko & Indrani: Click Here

Friday, April 11, 2008

YRB Magazine (US, 2006)

YRB Magazine (US, May/June 2006)

Sonic Punch – The unclassifiable Nelly Furtado loosens up with a new album and a new sound.
“[Timbaland] really brings out what I call my dark side. It’s not negative; he brings out a powerful energy in me.” – Nelly Furtado
By David Diehl
Photography by Lionel Deluy: Click Here

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Inside Entertainment Magazine (Canada, 2006)

Inside Entertainment Magazine (Canada, April 2006)

Nelly Furtado – Whoa! Six years after her sextuple platinum debut, Canada’s urban songbird cuts Loose, reinventing herself as a red-hot mama.
On a coffee table in a downtown Toronto hotel suite, Celine Dion and David Foster stare out from the cover of a glossy magazine. The pair, smug and self-satisfied, are the epitome of safe, sanitized pop. As Nelly Furtado breezes into the room to discuss Loose, her daring new album produced largely by hip hop's Timbaland (aka Tim Mosley), the contrast begs comment: she and Mosley are worlds away from the Las Vegas glitz of Dion and Foster. "No kidding, eh," laughs Furtado, settling into a sofa for an extended interview. "Tim's always done break-through music, pushing sonic boundaries. And I like to always surprise people and turn their heads 360 degrees, like an exorcist spinning around." Presumably, without the projectile vomiting. "My music's always changning," she continues. " I don't know if I have a short attention span, or if it's just that I like too many styles of music to focus only on one. I just go where the inspiration takes me."
This time, inspiration took Furtado to Miami, where she and beats mastermind Timbaland (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg) recorded most of the tracks. Unline her previous albums, which only hinted at urban sounds, Loose is a full-on mix of contemporary Latin, hip hop and R&B styles. "My last two records were a little cerebral," admits Furtado, "where this one is much more of the body. It's all feel-oriented, vibe-oriented." Hedonistic numbers like "Maneater", the tribal-thumping first single, and "Promiscious Girl", a steamy rap duet with Mosley, certainly take the Canadian songstress into edgier - and sexier - territory. Rolling Stone even went so far as to call her rhymes on "Promisuous Girl" a celebration of her "inner slut", which Furtado, a single mother of a toddler, denies. "I just like double entendres," she insists. " The album title actually refers to how we approached the record, which was to make it in a very unhinged, unpolished and unedited way.
Loosness is one of the album's many charms, from the in-studio banter between Furtado and Mosley to the raw, improvised quality of tracks like "Maneater" and "All Good Things" a duet with Coldplay's Chris Martin. If anything, Loose is a celebration of Furtad's inner child, as reflected in the giggling laughter that closes "Fraid" and the youthful spirit that pervades such songs as "Do it", "Glow" and "Say it Right". Like Gwen Stefani's Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Furtado's Loose is an unabashed dance record bound to thrill club-centric audiences - maybe at the expense of core listeners. The multicultural pop queen, whose previous recordings won a Grammy and a slew of Juno Awards, seems resigned to alienating some fans. "I pissed off people when I made a folk album last time," she says, "and now I'm going to piss off the acoustic types with this album."
Born in Victoria to Portuguese parents, Furtado has defied conventional wisdom from the start by embracing eclecticism and her own ethnicity. Her debut Whoa, Nelly! released in 2000, included both her breezy pop hit "I'm like a Bird" and later, in some regions, the Portuguese ballad "Onde Estas". It has sold more than six million copies to date around the world. Her follow up, 2003's Folklore, featured sounds as diverse as mainstream pop melodies, Brazilian rhythms, hip hop grooves, church music, acoustic folk and funk. Guests ranged from Bela Fleck and Caetano Veloso to the Kronos Quartet, and songs included the Euro 2004 football anthem "Forca", the immigrant-themed "Fresh Off The Boat" and the breakbeat-laden "Powerless (Say What You Want)". The latter was a forceful condemnation of the media's attempt to lighten her olive complexion in photographs: "Paint my face in your magazines," she sang. "Make it look whiter than it seems."
While Loose favours lighter messages and mostly carefree party tunes, there's a heavier emphasis on worldy sounds. In particular, Furtado dove deep into the Latin musical diaspora of the Miame scene. She sings several tracks in Spanish, including the Timbaland-produced "No Hay Igual", a groove-alicious tune rooted in the Caribbean hip hop fusion style known as reggaeton and the romantic ballad "Te Busque", produced by Lester Mendez (Shakira). "Being in Miami, as a young Latin woman, made me feel very at home," says Furtado. "I've always loved the Latin American culture in the United States and I realised how much I enjoy singing in Spanish, not just Portuguese. It comes really naturally to me."
Furtado's first brush with the Latin music market dates back to 2002, when she sang a duet with Colombian pop star Juanes on his single "Fotografia". It became a number one hit on the Latin charts and the pair performed the song on the Latin Grammy Awards show. Juanes later returned the favour, joining Furtado on her Spanish version of "Powerless."
Meanwhile, Furtado's love affair with R&B and hip hop began when she was growing up in Victoria, listening to everything from Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men to LL Cool J and Ice T. After moving to Toronto at 17 (she lived with relatives), she formed a trip-hop duo called Nelstar. As legend now has it, her career break came when she appeared in a downtown club as the only white female at the Honey Jam, a showcase of black women performerse. There she met The Philosopher Kings' Gerald Eaton and his manager Chris Smith. Eaton and his partner, Brian West, became her production team known as Track & Field, while Smith took on management duties. Furtado first crossed paths with Timbaland with he sampled "Baby Girl" from Whoa, Nelly! and then remixed the album's "Turn Off The Light." Timbaland also brought Furtado in to duet on his remix of Missy Elliott's "Get UR Freak On."
Sitting in the hotel suite, the diminutive Furtado talks in fast, staccato bursts, punctuated frequently by eruptions of girlish laughter, as she explains her embrace of hip hop. "I've been doing all these collaborations with these great acts like Missy Elliott, Jurassic 5 and The Roots," Furtado recalls, "and I suddenly though, if hip hop comes so naturally to me, why not do it on my own albums. Am I too good for hip hop? Isn't that kind of egotisticall and pretentious? Why can't I let go of all that?" She continues: " I also realised that I'd done The Tonight Show with Jay Leno like five or six times, and the time I was least nervous was when I was performing with Missy Elliott. It just rolled off. I had to get on and do it myself."
Working with Timbaland on Loose, she says, gave her the freedom to delve deeply into her love of hip hop. "Tim's a definite genius," says Furtado. "He comes to the studio with this huge duffle bag, carrying all these CDs of mostly crazy world music - African music and things I've never heard. He's a real inspired guy." Mosley's jam-oriented approach to music also let to a near voodoo experience on "Maneater". Recalls Furtado: "Tim was programming a beat and I was singing with a keyboardist and a guitar player. The energy in the room took on this almost pagan-like quality. Suddenly, the speaker started to smoke and then flames shot out. The volume was so loud that the rubber was burning on the speaker. It was very anamalistic."
Daytime, however, was highly domestic. Furtado would spend mornings and afternoons at the beach with her daughter, Nevis, soaking up the Florida sunshine. It proved the perfect balance between work and play. "There's a spiritual vibe in Miami," says Furtado. "The sunishe and water keeps everybody really light and friendly. Everyone's into their bodiestoo. Everyone was nice tanned skin. People walk around in bikinis, even on the street. You feel sexy in Miami - maybe that's why I made such a sexy album."
The Coldplay connection came about when Chris Martin and Furtado ran into each other at last year's MTV Video Music Awards in Miami. When Furtado found out that Martin and Timbaland were big fans of each other's work, she decided to bring then together soon after in the studio. On "All Good Things", Martin can be heard at the outset telling Mosley to "give us a sick beat." The jam that follows, with Furtado and Martin singing the refrain "flames to dust; lovers to friends; why do all good things come to an end," proves to be one of the album's most spirited moments. "Why have we stopped?" asks Martin when the jam suddenly comes to a halt, leading to much laughter and Martin's quick-witten rejoinder: "Why do all good jams come to an end?"
Such a spontaneous moment would never be found on Davis Foster - produced Celine Dion album. It's too loose, anarchic and uncontrolled for the Schmaltz King and Ersatz Queen of MOR pop. But for Furtado and Timbaland, the eclectic songbird and the studio innovator, spontaneity comes as naturally as breathing. "That's what it's about," says Furtado, of her and Mosley's unbridled approach to recording. "It's about people coming by for late-night jam sessions and having fun. It's not rocket science - we're making music here."
By Nicholas Jennings
Photography by Geoff Barrenger: Click Here

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Fashion Magazine (Canada, 2006)

Fashion Magazine (Canada, April 2006)
Nelly Furtado
Her Sexy New Look and Hot New Album

On the Loose
Jamming with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and strutting on South Beach in a bikini, Nelly Furtado mixes worldly experience with an edgy new sound for Loose.
By Ben Rayner
Photographed by Alison Dyer: Click Here

A cinematic sunset is bathing the chic glass-walled penthouse suite atop Toronto’s Cosmopolitan Hotel in picture-perfect golden hues, and the pressure’s on to wrestle a supremely glammed-up Nelly Furtado away from an intense hair, makeup and wardrobe session and get her in front of a camera before the magic hour is lost.
There’s consternation in the face of one of Nelly’s powder boys, though, as he catches wind of the grinding stoner-metal track by Queens of the Stone Age emanating from an iPod someone has carted along to the shoot.
“I don’t know if this is really Nelly’s thing,” he says, darting over to the player. “Maybe we should ask her if there’s anything else she wants to hear.”
Turns out, however, Queens is exactly Furtado’s style this evening. As she takes her place before the widescreen view of the lake offered by the $3,500-a-night suite’s sitting room, she relays a request through her chuckling publicist for System of a Down. Yep, Nelly Furtado likes it one louder.
“That was fun. My little trick so that no one watches me while I’m taking photos is I listen to System of a Down,” she laughs a few days later, de-fabulized and dicing up potatoes to make soup for her 2-year-old daughter, Nevis. “I like listening to System while I’m taking really glamorous photos. I don’t know what it is. I like working to that music. I guess I like juxtapositions. And it’s a good way to clear a room.”
Furtado’s penchant for heavy metal isn’t the only surprise she’s guarding these days. This month signals the arrival of her third album, Loose, a brash, big ’n’ dirty stylistic about-face for the Victoria-born, Toronto-based songbird still best known around the world for her sprightly 2000 pop single “I’m Like a Bird.”
To say Loose will turn heads is probably an understatement. Composed in large part with A-list hip-hop producer Timbaland in Miami last year, it’s a raunchy, beat-heavy electro/R&B romp loaded with monstrous, distorted bass lines and danceable techno-pop grooves destined to ricochet off club walls for months to come. It’s the 20-something Furtado’s best work yet, and the “urban”-informed record we’ve been waiting for her to make ever since she ripped it up so exquisitely with Missy Elliott on that “Get Ur Freak On” remix five years ago.
“It’s called Loose because I really let myself go,” says Furtado. “I really let myself go, ‘Hey, I haven’t tried this before.’ Because, you know what, when you’re an artist, if you really want to change your sound, you have to exaggerate—you have to be, like, I’m not only gonna work with a different producer, but I’m gonna sing differently.
“I was kind of leaving hip-hop out of the equation for a while, even though everybody told me, ‘You’re so good at R&B. Why don’t you do it on your own albums?’ And I thought to myself, Wow, that’s really pretentious of me. I’ve gone and done hip-hop collaborations with Missy Elliott, the Roots, Jurassic 5 and Swollen Members, but it was almost like I was too pretentious to put it on my own albums.
“I’ve had good material before, but it was nothing that was blowing my socks off. Now I feel really, really relaxed.”
Loose might not be the album to reclaim all of the 6 million–plus fans who loved Furtado’s 2000 debut, Whoa Nelly!, but were put off somewhat by the endearingly earnest though somewhat awkward Portuguese-flavoured folk-pop fusion of 2003’s Folklore. It does, however, definitely seem like the disc to introduce her to a whole new audience.
Birthed during a year’s worth of studio sessions in various locales and with various high-powered collaborators, Loose is the product of an “indulgent” recording process. Furtado flirted with various producers—Madonna/Dido knobsman Rick Knowles, London electronic auteur Nellee Hooper, Shakira overseer Lester Mendez and long-time collaborators Track and Field (a.k.a. Philosopher Kings Brian West and Gerald Eaton)—before landing in Miami to cross paths with hip-hop heavy hitters Scott Storch, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland.
In addition to falling in love with the city, she hit major creative pay dirt with Timbo, who wound up producing and bringing his rhythmically intricate touch and “junkhouse” beats to a number of the record’s tracks.
Furtado—who recently split with Nevis’s father, Toronto turntablist L’il Jazz—spent three glorious months hanging out with her daughter (“She’s going to be smarter than me by the time she’s five. I’m a little worried about it”) on the beach by day, then “escaping into the crazy, beat-driven world of Timbaland” in the studio by night.
“I don’t know what it is between us. I call it ‘love,’” she laughs. “It’s like musical love. You know how it is when you fall in love and it’s inevitable, it’s mysterious and you don’t know where it comes from? When Tim and I are making music together, there’s that same sense of mystery and fate about it. It just feels right.”
Furtado and Timbaland hit it off well enough that they’re already talking about touring together in the summer. There’s also been some idle chit-chat about starting a band together, “kind of like the Gorillaz or something, but we’ll be real people.”
Providing a little extra star power to Loose with an appearance on the burbling electro-soul track “All Good Things” is Coldplay front man Chris Martin. He and Furtado met on the European summer festival circuit several years ago and stayed in touch, so when the two ran into each other at the MTV Music Awards in Miami last August, Furtado extended an invitation to come by the studio. Much to her amusement, she very quickly found herself in the midst of a raging mutual-admiration society.
“Chris is a huge Timbaland fan, and Tim is, like, a huge Coldplay fan,” she says. “All he does is sing Coldplay songs all day long. So Chris came in and we just jammed for four hours straight, and Chris channelled his inner James Brown. It was really something to see. I was just so happy, and Tim and Chris looked like little kids in a candy store. They started really tentative and really shy. I had to force them to sit down at their keyboards and shove a guitar into Chris’s hands. They were completely nervous.”
The next step for Furtado is bringing the technologically oriented tunes from her new album to life onstage. The harder edge in songs like “Maneater” and “Glow” isn’t much of a step, she says: “My live show has always been a bit more rock ’n’ roll than my CDs.” She will acknowledge, though, that the electronically orchestrated sounds of modern hip-hop and R&B running through much of Loose don’t always translate well to performance. But whatever—she’s up for the challenge.
“I’ll never be tired of trying to prove myself,” says Furtado. “I have a lot more to prove still. I really admire artists who change all the time, like Madonna or Neil Young or Caetano Veloso—it’s like you can never really put your finger on them because they’re always changing. They’re not two-dimensional. They’re evolving as human beings, and I guess I’ve always bought into that whole live-and-die-for-art thing, where your personal life goes on a roller coaster ride with your art. Unfortunately, I kind of like that. It’s kind of sad, but at the same time it’s really romantic.”

Monday, April 7, 2008

enRoute Magazine (Canada, 2005)

Air Canada enRoute Magazine (Canada, September 2005)
Michael Bublé + Nelly Furtado

MB: I’m just going to start by saying that when my career wasn’t exactly going strong, I thought that perhaps I’d be a journalist. So this is actually really cool for me to be able to ask you some questions, considering you’re my friend and I’m a huge fan of yours.
NF: Aaagh!
MB: You’re so cute, Nelly Furtado! Okay, so the first question that’s hugely important to me is about the Canadian music industry and whether you think we have our own “star system.”
NF: Star system? Well, I’m not sure. I thought it was all very civil and low-key. But when I came onto the scene with my big, shiny pop song and my big, shiny pop video, I was living by myself in, like, a little loft apartment. I was almost freaked out to leave my apartment because overnight everyone had heard the song and it seemed like, all of a sudden, there was more of a market for a tabloidy-type culture, which I found really funny.
MB: Both of us have been to many different countries. Don’t you find that each of those countries has their own identity?
NF: Yeah, they do. I think everyone has their own culture. In Canada, all the classic songwriters like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Robbie Robertson started that whole eclectic thing: “I’ve got my guitar. I’ve got some really earnest lyrics, some great melodies and wide-open space. I’m going to write some touching ballads.” And people have kept that torch going, everyone from Sarah McLachlan to Avril Lavigne – even someone like Tom Cochrane, who’s a great songwriter with super lyrics.
There are all these great indie rock bands now, and everybody thinks they’re from New York. They’re not; they’re Canadian! Death From Above, Arcade Fire and Hot Hot Heat… It’s the most exciting music in the world right now, in my opinion. I never have more fun than when I’m collaborating with a Canadian artist, like with you or... I just did something with k-os. It’s just a lot of fun, you know?
MB: Cool, thank you. I can hear your baby crying…
NF: Oh no, no, she’s fine. She’s eating lunch.
MB: So how is being a mommy?
NF: I finally fit in! I’m not an alien anymore. I used to live in L.A. and I hated it, but I just spent two months there, and I thought everyone was so nice. It’s because I’ve got an adorable two-year-old next to me. That’s the thing: People are nicer to you when you’re a mother. You get a lot of respect.
MB: Has it affected your career in a positive way?
NF: Yeah, it’s made me work harder in a way. You know: Gotta keep the funds flowing; gotta keep on truckin’.
MB: I’m sure your priorities changed a lot, Nelly.
NF: Yes, definitely. Number one is my daughter: Is she happy? How are we going to create this life for her? It’s freestyle parenting in a way because we travel a lot. She comes everywhere with me, and she’s getting the best education I think a toddler could have. [Laughs]
MB: You know, it’s my dream to be able to do what I do and tour with the kids.
NF: It’s so fun, I can’t tell you! You’re gonna call me one day and you’ll say, “Nelly, you were so right! It’s so fun; it’s amazing!” I’m going to be touring again next year, so we’ll be travelling again.
MB: So you’re making the new record for that tour?
NF: I am recording my new album right now.
MB: Tell me about it, baby!
NF: Well, Michael Bublé and I are going to do this duet on this song called “Go.”
MB: Are we really? Are we? I’ll do whatever you want, you know.
NF: It’s really funky. It’s not like anything you’ve done before.
MB: You did “Quando, Quando, Quando” [their duet on Bublé’s It’s Time ] and it wasn’t like anything you’d done.
NF: Yeah, exactly, so right back at you, baby.
MB: So you’re making this record. Tell me how you’re feeling about it.
NF: I am ecstatic about it. I’m over the moon. I took an acting class over the summer just for fun, and it totally opened me up as far as just letting go of being self-conscious. It helped in the studio and in the writing atmosphere.
MB: Is there a theme to the record yet?
NF: Well, it’s probably going to be called Loose.
MB: Loose? So there is a concept, then?
NF: Yeah, there’s a concept.
MB: A loose concept?
NF: It’s a newer more liberated Nelly Furtado. I don’t have, you know, Daisy Duke shorts on or anything.
MB: It’s funny that you said that because I think, personally, that you are really sexy.
NF: Thank you, Michael!
MB: One of the big reasons I think you’re so sexy is because you’re this naturally beautiful girl who doesn’t seem to feel the need to wear short shorts.
NF: Yeah, when I shop, I’m always wondering, “Do these high heels compromise my feminist ideals?” Then I say, “It’s okay, Nelly. They’re just high heels.”
MB: Do you really think about it, though?
NF: I’m just finding a balance, you know? On this new record, you’re going to hear a softer side of me. On the last one, I was more comfortable in my skin than on the first one, but on the third one, she’s grown into a woman! You’re going to see a little more of the sensuality, but I mean that in the best way, in the earthiest sense.
MB: You were just talking about being self-conscious. Before I knew you, I figured that you had a lot of self-confidence because you seemed to be okay with being hot and just being yourself. So it’s funny to hear that there might be some self-conscious feelings there.
NF: I guess I’m kind of back to that place where I am very free and just don’t give an s-h-i-t, although I’m responsible about it. You know, I’m a mother now, so I’m not completely unhinged.
MB: It’s funny because if I look at someone like Paris Hilton, the first thing I think is, “Oh my God, she’s got low self-esteem. She’s self-conscious.”
NF: Yeah, I guess people respect themselves in different ways.
MB: I guess so. So where are you right now? In Miami?
NF: I’m in Miami, yeah. My cousin and I were just talking about how we like Miami ’cause all the girls just kind of wear whatever’s suitable in the heat and no one cares what their body looks like. I come from a culture like that. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got big legs, hips, whatever. You just kind of do your thing, you know? It’s very earthy.
MB: Okay, so my next question, honey: Your partner is a DJ, right?
NF: Yeah, he’s a keyboard player and DJ.
MB: Is the DJ culture affecting you? Is it making a big impression on you?
NF: When I first met him, years ago when we weren’t even together yet, I was enthralled by the sound. I love counterculture anything – whether it be break dancing or graffiti or turntables. Anything interesting and different, I’m attracted to it. That sound is all over my last two records.
MB: I noticed on Folklore, I could hear some DJ influence. You hear a banjo and you hear these really hot kind of folky, funky mixings that you don’t normally hear – world music kind of stuff.
NF: Yeah!
MB: God, I love you Nelly! What else can I say? Tell us about your wonderful charity.
NF: Oh, Sooke Potholes? Right on. There’s like 100 acres of this amazing space: a stream, hills to climb, great cliff-jumping opportunities. [Laughs] It’s just a gorgeous outdoor space, and I’m working with the Land Conservancy group in Victoria to make the Sooke Potholes a public park forever and ever and ever.
MB: Very cool.
NF: I’ve enjoyed it there since I was a teenager, so I’m publicizing it and talking about it a lot. The government’s already put up some money, and donations have been coming in from around the world.
MB: That’s pretty special for you to use your status to help people like that, hey?
NF: You know, you look around and we all feel it: The air isn’t quite as fresh anymore, especially in the urban centres, and we all feel it inside, don’t we? So whenever I have a chance, I try to get involved.
MB: Good for you, honey. Well, I’m going to let you go now because I’m sure you’ve got stuff to do. But I wanted to tell you that I’m very proud that you’re Canadian and I love that you’re my friend and thank you for letting me do my first interview with you.
NF: You’re a great interviewer, Michael.
MB: I feel like such a dork, but thank you.
Michael Bublé’s sophomore album, It’s Time, has sold close to 3 million copies around the world. His song “Home” was a number-one hit across North America and his recent Canadian tour dates sold out in minutes.
Vancouver’s Nelly Furtado is a Grammy, MMVA and Juno award winner. Her third album, entitled Loose, is due out this fall.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Self Magazine (US, September 2007)

Self Magazine (US, September 2007)

Whether it’s mastering a martial art or just conquering technology (hello, digital camera!), singer Nelly Furtado knows that stretching your brain expands your horizons.
By Erin Bried

Water wish
As a kid, Furtado played in the ocean off Portugal, “But now, waves scare me a little. Learning to surf would help me remember how fearless I was as a child”, she says.

An open mind
“I like to spend time with people with differing beliefs”, Furtado says. “My wish would be that everyone in the world could live in another place for a week, then take their experience back home.”

Cooking Lesson
“I’ve got a long way to go in the kitchen”, Furtado says. But she has mastered chocolate chip cookies. “I make them so I can eat a bit of dough. Or a lot of it!”

New Moves
Furtado first tried capoeira nine years ago. “It really tends to my soul. The songs are full of joy”, she says. Here, she shows off her moves with expert Mestre Boneco.

Bionic Nelly

You know how there are those people in the world who always seem to get a lot accomplished before 8 A.M.? They run 5 miles, do work, walk the dog, bake a cake, whatever. Well, before Nelly showed up on set for the SELF photo shoot at 8 A.M., she shot an entire music video. Talk about a productive day! She was up at 1 A.M. in hair and makeup. By sunrise, she was wading into the ice-cold Pacific Ocean, wearing nothing but a sundress, and singing. By the time we got to this shot at the end of the day, Nelly was totally punchy—and her giggles were contagious. Below (from left): Anne, the photographer; Nelly; and Lida, the stylist.

Still, despite the exhaustion, Nelly was a total pro. She mustered enough energy to take a capoeira lesson. It's a Brazilian martial art. Mestre Boneco, of Capoeira Brasil in Los Angeles, came out to this seaside cliff to teach Nelly a few moves. He brought his three sons—(shown here, from left) Felipe, 14, Bruno, 20, and Rodrigo, 15—and a female student, Morena.

Nelly watched them practice for a little while and then joined in herself. Here's a hilarious outtake from her lesson; she kicked when Mestre Boneco wasn't quite prepared. Ouch! (The camera guy you see walk through the frame is from CNN. After our shoot, she did an interview with them.) —E.B.

Nelly's new fiancé

A big congrats to Nelly Furtado, who recently got engaged to sound engineer Demo Castellon. Demo's been called "the universe's most anonymous man" by at least one blogger, but I got the full scoop when I met him at our shoot with Nelly back in May.
Here's what I learned:
—He lives in Miami.—He was reading The Art of War, which, he told me, is the book to read if you're in the music industry right now. (It's about ancient military strategy.) Hmmm.—He works (and sometimes tours) with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Missy Elliott.—He mixed "Give It To Me," featuring Nelly, Justin and Timbaland.
Besides that, all I can tell you is that he makes Nelly laugh like crazy. In fact, our photographer, Anne Menke asked him to stand behind the camera while she took pictures (I got a snap of that, below), because Nelly lit up when he was around. Best of luck to them both! —E.B.


Friday, April 4, 2008

Vibe Magazine (US, 2006)

Vibe Magazine (US, Febuary 2006)

Native Tongue
Lisbon may not be the first city that comes to mind when you start planning a European holiday, but singer Nelly Furtado finds Portugal's capital to be a diamond in the rough. Something to think about before you take your girl to Paris-again.

Why Go
Lisbon is an untouched jewel. My parents are from the Azores islands, but I've been to Lisbon 10 times. It's a cosmopolitan city, but it's off the radar, which makes it cool. Artistically and creatively, it's ahead of the game. When you're there, it's like you're in on a little secret.

Where To Stay
During my most recent trip, for the MTV Europe Music Awards, I stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon (+351-21-381-1400; (that number and website are actually in the article, as well as others)). If you choose a chain hotel, you're comfortable, but it ends up giving you the "on tour" feeling. I like to kind of seek out what's cool in the city- like the Palacio Belmonte (+351-21-881-6600; It used to be a royal palace, and they made it into a hotel, so there's only maybe 10 rooms in the whole place.

Where To Eat
Every time I'm in Lisbon, I go to Santa Antonio de Alfama (+351-21-888-1328). It's tucked away in one of the city's older districts. We know the chef, and you can sit and drink red wine and eat for five hours! The wine is cheap because it's local, so for $2, you'll get an amazing bottle. This last trip, I also went to this Italian-Portuguese fusion restaurant Mezzalluna (+351-21-387-99-44). It was really, really wonderful.

What To Do
What's really fun is to go to a fado bar. You can sit down, have dinner and wine (Tiff's note: Nelly's such a drunk. LOL!! Just joking), and singers will perform this original, nostalgic music, accompanied by a guitara. It's truly enchanting. For nightclubs, there's an area called Docas. Portugal used to have colonies in Angola and Mozambique, so there's a large African population in Lisbon. The music in the Angolian nightclubs is incredible. It's a fusion of African rythm and a little bit of Portuguese fado- absolutely beautiful music- and somtimes couples will dance, almost like a semba. My favourite semba club is Discoteca Mussulo (+351-21-355-68-72), located in the central district. The first time I heard this music, I almost died. It's totally unique.

What To Buy
Portugal is big in the textile industry. Near the Jeronimos Monastery, which has the tombs of Portuguese writer Luis Camoes and our great explorer vasco da Gama, there are artisan stores with really nice handmade woven sweaters and embroidered things, like tablecloths and handkerchiefs. My last time there, I picked up a traditional folk-dancing outfit for my daughter.

What To Pack
You'll be out late drinking lots of amazing tasting wine, so bring a hangover helper. I travel with homeopathic medicine, which I highly recommend.

As told to Brenden Frederick.

Photographs by Mauricio Matos

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Macleans Magazine (Canada, 2006)

Macleans Magazine (Canada, Aug 25, 2006)
“I’m not Mother Teresa”
Nelly Furtado explains her transformation from Portuguese songbird to “Promiscuous” girl.
By John Intini

Her flight home to Toronto delayed by half an hour, Nelly Furtado kills the time flipping through trashy tabloids at a newsstand in Boston's Logan International Airport. She giggles at photos of A-list fashion disasters and devours every detail of the Pamela Anderson-Kid Rock wedding story. Nobody in the busy terminal -- except the security guard who searched her carry-on bags -- seems to notice that one of the world's hottest pop stars is standing among them(her new album, Loose, has topped the charts this summer in Canada and the U.S.). Not a single commuter pulls a pen or a camera phone on her.
Furtado isn't showing much skin, which may help to explain why she's invisible to this crowd. Although her face is caked in camera-ready makeup(she taped a TV interview earlier in the day), her tight black jeans, tapered at the ankle, and silver blazer make her look almost grandmotherly compared to the midriff-baring pop tart fans are used to seeing dance around in the video for Promiscuous, her first single from Loose.
Some argue that Furtado's transformation from Portuguese songbird to Promiscuous girl is a natural pop star progression. Others think the 27-year-old has sold out -- that she is trying to reclaim the glory days when her 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly!, sold five million copies and earned her a Grammy award. Folklore, her "very personal" sophomore effort in 2003, tanked by comparison.
The art of reinvention -- of which Madonna is queen -- has saved many musical careers. But unlike the former Material Girl, and to a lesser extent Gwen Stefani(both singers are major influences on Loose), Furtado's musical makeover seems a bit forced. Madonna and Metric's Emily Haines(another of Furtado's influences)seem to be completely in control, even somewhat intimidating in their sexuality: they've made a calculated decision for commercial and feminist reasons. In contrast, Furtado's new, overt sexuality comes off as unoriginal -- overdone by thousands of pouty pop stars with a quarter of Furtado's natural talent. She says she's in charge of her image -- and she may well be -- but the revamping feels as if it's been imposed rather than chosen by the unique, articulate singer we've seen in the past. But Furtado doesn't care what the critics say. "I'm used to not being understood," she says. "I never figured out where I fit in." So as Christina Aguilera goes from dirty girl to glam, Furtado -- on the surface, at least -- seems headed in the other direction.
Still, Furtado has the vocal chops to compete with any of the former Mouseketeers. Listen to Loose, and it's hard to substantiate the sex-over-substance argument. This is Furtado's boldest, catchiest and strongest release to date. She enlisted legendary hip-hop producer Timbaland(who just finished working on Justin Timberlake's new CD)for a more urban edge. "I kind of wanted to piss people off," says Furtado, unleashing her trademark laugh. "I like making people scratch their heads and say 'what the f?' Maybe I'm immature, but who doesn't get great pleasure out of pushing people's buttons? And what I'm doing is almost prudish compared to some of the pole-dancing that goes on in other pop stars' videos. I'm still playing the drums in Promiscuous."
Promiscuous is the biggest single of 2006 -- six weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 chart makes it the longest-running No. 1 since Kanye West's Gold Digger last fall -- but Furtado admits to being initially hesitant about it. "The beat is so club," she says. "And I'm a mother who spends one per cent of my life in clubs." She got over it. "I figured that since my track record was pretty good, I was allowed to shake my booty a little on one song," she says. "I wanted to show my fans that hey, I'm human, too. I'm not Mother Teresa."
Furtado maintains that the new Nelly is partly a product of being a mom -- she tells anyone who will listen that since giving birth to her daughter, Nevis, almost three years ago, she feels sexier and more in touch with her femininity than ever. And Loose is just part of her ongoing love affair with hip hop -- she wrote rhymes at 14 and formed Nelstar, a trip-hop band, after moving from Victoria to Toronto when she was 17. "Hip hop was the first music that was mine," says Furtado, whose career includes collaborations with Missy Elliott, the Roots and k-os. "Not something from my parents' record collection."
By hip-hop standards, Furtado travels with a very modest entourage. It includes her road manager, Andres, who hails from Colombia and now lives with his wife of seven months in Miami; Karl, a burly 250-pounder from Brampton, Ont., who provides the muscle; and Louisa, Furtado's long-time friend and hair and makeup artist, who could easily pass as the pop star if Furtado ever needed a decoy.
On occasion, Nevis joins mom on the road. Furtado and Jasper Gahunia -- Nevis's dad and Furtado's former DJ -- broke up about a year and a half ago. They "grew apart," she says, after four years together. "We're active co-parents," says Furtado. "We'll be in each other's lives forever." And in her music. Their split inspired a couple of especially personal tracks on Loose. On one, In God's Hands, she sings, We forgot about love / We forgot about faith / We forgot about trust / We forgot about us. And yet, she's fiercely private when asked about Gahunia -- not every aspect of her personal life is for public consumption. "Alanis Morissette can write songs about all her ex-lovers," says Furtado. "But I've left things out of albums because they're too personal, too scathing, too much. It's great that she can do it. I wish I had the balls."
Morning radio rules south of the border, so during a 10-day, 14-city promotional tour, most days begin with hair and makeup at 4:30 a.m. Once Louisa applies Furtado with her game face, the pop star is all business.
Furtado starts the last day of the tour in Philadelphia with two radio station visits, before catching a plane to Boston for a couple more in the afternoon. It's tedious, but she's a pro. During an early morning meet-and-greet with contest winners at the first stop, Wired 96.5, Furtado is chatty while signing autographs, pastes on a big smile for every photo, and is quick to offer her hand to shake or a big hug(including one to a middle-aged fan, who seems strangely out of place among the dozen or so teenyboppers). A slave to her BlackBerry, she pounds out emails on the tiny keys whenever there is a break in the action. When she heads into the studio, a group of interns gathers in a nearby edit suite to listen to the on-air interview. About halfway through, a curly-haired, heavy-set kid -- who doesn't look a day older than 18 -- proclaims: "She is the perfect woman for any man." Nobody in the room argues with him.
Nothing -- not even the blistering 36 degree heat in Philadelphia and Boston -- seems to faze Furtado. At the second stop, still in the city that Rocky built, Furtado deals gracefully with a host on Q102 who talks more about himself during their eight minutes on the air than his guest. Afterwards, asked how she handles on-air jerks, Furtado smirks. "If I'm bored in a situation," she says, "I can just play a character."
That's one of the lessons she learned a couple of years ago in acting class. "That changed everything for me -- it taught me how to really let go and embrace the role of entertainer," says Furtado. "It has helped me in photo shoots, video shoots, interviews and in the recording studio. It's saved me many brain cells." Back then, Furtado was prepping for Paint it Yellow, in which she was to play a student of Indian descent. But she was dropped from the project before shooting started when the Bollywood director decided that an English version of the film wasn't true to his vision. "When I first broke in, I was offered about 15 Hollywood scripts," says Furtado. "But I didn't want to act then -- it seemed too cliché."
She's open to big-screen possibilities, but for now music is the focus. Furtado will spend the second half of 2006 touring, and plans to release an album of B-sides by Valentine's Day. She then hopes to spend two weeks in the studio with Timbaland and the rest of the team who put together Loose. "The idea is to be a band -- like the Gorillaz or Gnarls Barkley," says Furtado. "It would be a collaborative effort so there wouldn't be any pressure of being a solo artist." After that, she says, the time has come for a Latin album(Furtado has already secured a producer). "With Loose, I've taken the pop thing to the limit," she says. "I'm lucky that sexiness is in style and hip hop is in style." Six years ago, when hawking Whoa, Nelly!, Furtado told Maclean's, "Why would you want everyone buying your record because it is the cool thing to do?" Hey, things change.
On the night before her last day of the U.S. promo tour, she settles into a lounge on the 31st floor of Philadelphia's trendy Loews Hotel and orders a late-night snack -- chicken noodle soup and a chicken salad. She's washed away most of her TV makeup, which leaves her more stunning than sexy. She kicks off her gold-sequined sandals, climbs into an armchair, and curls her right leg under her tiny body. "When I was 21, I wanted to get onstage and save the world and would sometimes take my angst out on the audience," says Furtado. "I wouldn't smash guitars, but it would hold me back a bit. My music was a little cerebral at times. I was trying a lot of things with different musical styles and I didn't think that anybody was really getting it."
She admits there isn't as much to get with her recent effort. "Loose isn't so much about the lyrics," says Furtado, who decided for the first time not to include the words in the liner notes. "It's about indulging in pleasures -- whether it's dancing or lovemaking."(The second single from Loose is Maneater.)"I used music as a bit of a shield for a long time," she says. "For a long time I didn't want to be beautiful or sexy. People wanted to throw sexy clothes on me when I started, but I wasn't ready. I didn't like walking in heels." She does now. And she's annoyed when the strap on one of her silver Yves Saint Laurent heels(which add about four inches to her five-foot-nothing frame)breaks after removing the shoes for a routine security check at Philadelphia's International Airport.
Furtado, who is very candid about most things, puts her guard up when asked if she has a boyfriend. "My main relationships," she says, "are with my daughter and my music." When pushed, she admits she's seeing someone, but won't reveal his name. She wants to have one or two more children("hopefully in the next three years I'll have another"), but isn't so sure about marriage.
Considering the level of international fame that she's achieved, Furtado, who owns homes in Toronto and Portugal, has done well to stay out of the tabloids. After she wrote Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash into the lyrics of Promiscuous, a ridiculous rumour hit the gossip columns that she and the Canadian-born basketball player -- who is married with two children -- were an item. "My publicist must have started that," laughs Furtado, "because I'm so boring."
In her personal life, maybe. But her body -- which has left a trail of male journalists tripping over their words -- is getting nearly as much buzz as the new album. So where did the cute tomboyish hippie from Victoria go? "South Beach," says Furtado, who lived there for three months while recording Loose. "I felt validated in Miami as a Portuguese woman. After having Nevis, I had more curves and was surrounded by women with similar bodies." Unlike those other celebrity moms, "I didn't pull one of those 'I'm going to get fit in a month after having a baby,' because it's not a reality," says Furtado. "I breastfed Nevis exclusively for nine months. I wasn't concerned about the extra five or 10 lb." Furtado went to the gym three days a week for a little while. "Now I hit the gym when I can," she says. "I go for a walk one day, push the stroller up a hill the next day and do push-ups and sit-ups in my bedroom on another. And thank God for dancing."
Raised Roman Catholic, Furtado says she's "done all the wrong things" in her life -- moving to Toronto by herself when she was a teenager, dropping out of college, and having a child out of wedlock. She has always been a bit of a rebel. When she was 15, she and a group of friends staged Janet Jackson's sexually charged If at a high school talent show. "There's a part in the routine where she simulates oral sex," says Furtado. "The teachers hadn't previewed it before we performed it for 300 kids. We all had ripped jeans and bustiers. Everyone loved it. But an hour later, we were called to the principal's office. The principal said if we wanted to take the routine to the city finals, we had to edit out the scenes that simulated oral sex. We were like, 'oral sex? We're just dancing.' "
Her introduction to sexuality through music happened one morning, years earlier, over her mother's pancakes. "I was about eight, having breakfast with my mom, my brother and my sister, when Let's Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa came on the radio," says Furtado. "I still remember the look on my mom's face. I don't know if she turned the radio off or just lowered it, but I immediately loved the song. I loved that I loved something my mom didn't like. It was a moment of separation." Even now that she's a mother, Furtado wishes her mom hadn't been so embarrassed by the song's message. "I think an early sex-ed conversation can only help," says Furtado. "I would have loved if my mom had pumped that tune."

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Arena Magazine (UK, 2006)

Arena Magazine (UK, July 2006)

Guilty Pleasure #13 Nelly Furtado
She used to wear “out there” clothes and bang on about being like a bird. Now the canadian singer has gone all sexy on us. So we took some pictures of her...
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Scoop Magazine (US, 2006)

Scoop Magazine (US, April 10, 2006)
Whoa Nelly!
Star! Daily co-host Husein Madhavji heads to the Barbados to find out how motherhood has changed Nelly Furtado and what to expect on her hot new album, Loose!
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