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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Nelly Furtado Promo Spirit Indestructible Necklace with signed card

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nelly Furtado | Hello! Magazine (UK, 2012)


Back On Track Nelly Furtado Reveals Why She’s Happy To Return To The Spotlight After A Six-year Break
“I got burnt out; I couldn’t handle it. People dream about being famous and imagine what it would like – driving around in limos, meeting all these stars - but it was never my dream.”

“When I sing these new songs I feel incredibly natural,” she says. “I was able to channel my 14-year-old self, when you haven’t suffered any knocks, where you’re hanging out with your friends. This album is all about that spirit.”

“Nevis can share the experience of what I do, as she is really musical. She’s a natural songwriter; she plays the violin and piano,” Nelly adds proudly. “She travels with me, but usually she goes to school and has a normal existence. I’m not sure yet if I have to educate her in a different way, perhaps home schooling. We are taking it day by day. Travelling is part of her DNA, so she’s very familiar with the tour bus.”

“I do dance, pilates and basketball. But I would never want to do it just so I look good on a photoshoot. I have done that before, when I first started in this business – it’s incredibly hard for a young person, as the camera adds five pounds.”

“You look different in the photo to how you think you look and I did get paranoid, but not anymore. I just live and do my thing. If I do a shoot now, I never look at it. I’m not in it for the fame, really.”

“It’s taken six years from the last album until now; it’s taken a lot of work and self-reflection. I’ve had to pursue projects I’m passionate about to find the meaning of things.”

“No one is going to like you all the time. There is not human being that ever lived that everybody loved. Why chase the impossible dream? So, yes, it took a while for me to ger there. But right now I feel grounded.”

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nelly Furtado | Amnesia Magazine Nº7 August 2012




Nelly Furtado
Fairy Tales
En pleno fervor Olímpico , hablamos con Nelly Furtado de la gimnasta que marc ó su vida al inspirar su nombre , del tocadiscos que sonaba en casa de sus padres con canciones portuguesas y del tesoro tan grande que há tenido la suerte de encontrar

In the advent of Olympic fever , we speak with Nelly Furtado about the gymnast who marked her life as the inspiration for her name , about playing Portuguese songs in her parents ’ house and the greatest treasure she ’s been lucky to find

Maria Manuela y António José Furtado lo tuvieron claro aquel 2 de diciembre. Su hija se llamaría Nelly, en honor a Nellie Kim, una gimnasta soviética que en 1978 era para ellos su máxima inspiración. Nelly se ríe cuando recuerda el origen de su nombre y esa absoluta pasión deportiva de sus padres: “Creo que no les gustaba tanto la gimnasia como todo el drama -entendido en un sentido emotivo- que rodea a los Juegos Olímpicos. Pero sí, seguro que les hubiera encantado que yo hubiera sido gimnasta. En aquel tiempo lo vivieron muy intensamente y Nellie Kim era realmente popular. Y lo voy a confesar: ¡Yo misma quise ser gimnasta! Solía pretender que clavaba todos aquellos ejercicios de gimnasia rítmica en el patio trasero de mi casa”.
Para no hacerlo: En 1976 Nellie Kim ganó tres medallas de oro y una de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos de Montreal y dos de oro en los Juegos de Verano de 1980. Es justo y necesario que Nellie fuera una de las grandes inspiraciones mundiales en aquellos años: fue la primera gimnasta en la historia de las Olimpiadas en obtener un 10 redondo sobre el potro y en el suelo. Nadia Comaneci se convirtió en el nombre que recitaban las masas, pero Nellie Kim fue la inspiración para Maria Manuela y António José.
Hay algo realmente precioso y difícilmente descriptible en pensar en una pareja de padres jóvenes que deciden ponerle a su bebé recién nacido el nombre de alguien que consideran perfecto e inspirador. De alguna manera quieren transmitir todos esos dieces a la historia que su pequeño está por escribir. Nelly Furtado siempre ha dejado muy claro la importancia de su familia en su vida, la marca indeleble y enriquecedora de sus orígenes humildes y cómo desde siempre la música estuvo presente de una manera casi premonitoria en ella.
“El tocadiscos estaba en el salón de nuestra casa y todos escuchábamos la música que ponía mi padre, que era casi toda portuguesa -sus padres emigraron de las islas Azores a Canadá. Los viajes en coche no eran particularmente musicales. De hecho, los recuerdo casi silenciosos. Pero la banda sonora la llevaba yo en mi cabeza... Tenía tanta música y tantas canciones presentes que aquello sonaba casi como una orquesta sinfónica”, continúa risueña. “Empecé a cantar cuando tenía unos cuatro años y, por supuesto, eran canciones que mi madre me enseñaba y canturreaba por casa. La primera vez que canté en público fue con ella, un dueto madre-hija. Fue en la Iglesia, en el día de Portugal. Así que sí, la influencia musical de mi hogar fue algo muy fuerte e importante en mi vida”.
El momento que estaba destinado a cambiarlo todo llegó a los 12 años, cuando Nelly compuso su primera canción. “Hasta ese momento yo escribía cosas, retazos de canciones. Pero no entendía muy bien realmente qué significado tenía”, reflexiona. “A los 12 compuse conscientemente la que yo considero que es mi primera canción: Get it Together. Era algo así como ‘tenemos que estar juntos para sobrevivir’ y lo repetía con mucha insistencia”.
Su voz suena muy seria mientras lo cuenta, pero cuando empieza a recitar aquellos primeros versos casi como un mantra, las carcajadas le asaltan. “¡Sí, esa fue mi primera gran composición!”, exclama muerta de risa.
Entre la música de herencia portuguesa que sus padres ponían en el tocadiscos del salón familiar y que Nelly y sus hermanos Michael Anthony y Lisa Anne escuchaban atentamente, y esa orquesta sinfónica que ella recuerda tener en la cabeza cuando fue creciendo hay un gran hito: Ani DiFranco. Nelly siempre ha citado unas referencias musicales muy amplias: Caetano Veloso, Björk, Cornershop, Oasis, Radiohead, Beck, Juanes, Jeff Buckley..., pero en la cúspide de todas ellas, presidiendo sus gustos y su carrera, siempre há estado Ani DiFranco.

“Aún escucho sus discos. El otro día, de hecho, puse Imperfectly. Es complicado de explicar, pero la voz de Ani me hacía experimentar muchas cosas. Pero sobre todo me reconforta. No importa lo que haya pasado o cómo esté. Escuchar a Ani me trae paz y tranquilidad. Cuando era una adolescente ella representaba todo lo que yo aspiraba a ser musicalmente. Ella era punk, feminista y repudiaba el sistema. Me chiflaba”. Otro de los grupos que la marcaron profundamente fue The Smashing Pumpkins: “¡Oh, sí! ¡Me encantaban! Mi disco favorito en aquella época era Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness.
Bueno, me imagino que como el de muchas personas de los 90. Fue un disco importantísimo para mí, lo ponía sin parar. También el que le precedió, Siamese Dream. Con Today, una canción de ese disco, hice una especie de mash-up con uno de mis temas. La verdad es que fue realmente divertido y el estribillo me emociona muchísimo”. “Aunque la verdad es que tuve una adolescencia muy brit pop”, continúa. “Oasis, Blur y Cornershop y todas aquellas bandas con ese sonido tan generacional me atraparon muchísimo. Y luego, definitivamente, llegó el hip-hop, que es una de mis grandes pasiones”.
Hay algo que es inherente a Nelly Furtado, tanto como esa mezcla pluscuamperfecta que ha conseguido de r’n’b, espíritu latino y hip hop: Loose (2006), que grabó con Timbaland y Danja, es uno de los ejemplos más redondos de esta exitosa conjunción de géneros. Al hablar con ella se puede notar aún en la distancia cómo sonríe, casi como si fuera el gato de Cheshire. Y vuelve a hacerlo al enumerar las cosas que le hacen irremediablemente feliz: “Mi hija, mi familia, la música, la cultura y la naturaleza”.
Y por supuesto su nuevo disco: The Spirit Indestructible. Un título que tiene algo deliciosamente evocador, que casi podría ser el de una de las historias que los padres leen a sus hijos antes de irse a dormir. “Es cierto esto que dices. Tiene algo de eso. Y se debe a que últimamente estoy viviendo un cuento de hadas. De algún modo he encontrado un tesoro -y lo dice también en español-, una llama interior que alimenta mi espíritu y me hace muy feliz”.
Hablando de historias que los padres cuentan a sus hijos... ¿Qué discos le pone ella a su hija en casa? ¿Cuál es la banda sonora de su hogar? “En mi casa escuchamos música todo el rato. Pongo de todo. Mis discos, los discos que me gustan... Siempre hay música. Intento que mi hija escuche cuantas más
cosas y más géneros sea posible. Es una manera de contribuir a que tenga una mentalidad más abierta y receptiva. Eso sí, ¡ella es una crítica muy dura! ¡Deberías escuchar las opiniones tan serias y fundadas que tiene!”.
Nelly Furtado actuó en Ibiza por primera vez el 1 de julio, en Amnesia.


“Nunca he estado en Ibiza y siempre me he muerto de ganas de ir, así que estoy súper emocionada”, exclama. ¿Sabes que Ibiza es un poco como Las Vegas? ¿Que hay incluso quien hace un pacto que reza ‘Lo que pasa en Ibiza, se queda en Ibiza’? “¡Jajaja! ¡Me encanta! Y la verdad es que Las Vegas es un lugar que me chifla. Pero lo que me hace enamorarme de los sitios es que tenga un fuerte sentido de la unicidad, eso que los convierte en especiales. Estoy segura de que Ibiza es un sitio así y no puedo esperar a conocerla”.


It was clear to Maria Manuela and António José Furtado on that day, the 2 December, that their daughter would be called Nelly, in honour of Nellie Kim, a Soviet gymnast who was their greatest inspiration in 1978.
Nelly laughs when she remembers where her name originates from and her parents’ passion for sports: “I don’t think it was the gymnastics they liked as much as they liked the drama, emotionally speaking, surrounding the Olympic Games. But yeah, I’m sure they would’ve loved for me to be a gymnast. At the time they used to follow it very intensely, and Nellie Kim was really popular. And I’ll confess: I also wanted to become a gymnast! I used to pretend that I nailed those gymnastic exercises at
home, in the back yard”.
Of course she did: in 1976, Nellie Kim won three gold medals and one silver medal at the Montreal Olympic Games and two gold medals in the 1980 Summer Olympics. Nellie would become an inspiration worldwide in those years: she was the first gymnast in the history of the Olympics to obtain full marks on the vault and floor exercises. Nadia Comaneci was the name that the masses would chant, but it was Nellie Kim who would become the inspiration for Maria Manuela and António José.
There’s something beautiful yet difficult to describe when you think of young parents who decide to give their newborn baby the name of someone they find perfect and inspiring. In some way, they want to imprint those full marks to their baby’s history, yet to be written. Nelly Furtado has always made the importance of her family in her life clear, the indelible, enriching mark of her humble origins and how music was always present in her life, like a premonition.
“The record player was in the living room at home and we’d all listen to the music my dad played, which was mostly Portuguese”, her parents emigrated from the Azores Islands to Canada. “Our car trips weren’t particularly musical. In fact, I remember them to be quite quiet. I had the soundtrack in my head though… I had so much music and so many songs in there that it sounded almost like a symphony orchestra”. She goes on, smiling, “I started singing when I was about four years old and, of course, it was the songs that my mum taught me and that she sang about the house. The first time I sang in public was with her, a motherdaughter duet. It was at church, on the Day of Portugal. So yes, the musical influence at home was strong and very important in my life”.
The moment that changed it all came when Nelly was 12 and she composed her first song. “Until then, I wrote bits here and there, pieces of songs, but I didn’t really understand what it all meant.” she reflects.
“However, when I was twelve, I consciously wrote what I consider my first song: Get It Together. It was something like ‘we have to be together to survive’, and I would repeat it incessantly”. Her voice is serious when she tells us this, but when she starts reciting those first lines, almost like a mantra, she bursts out laughing. “Yeah, that was my first composition!” she exclaims in laughter.
Besides the Portuguese musical heritage that her parents instilled in the home living room and which Nelly, her brother Michael Anthony and sister Lisa Anne used to listen attentively to, and the symphony orchestra she remembers in her head when she was growing up, there’s another milestone: Ani DiFranco. Nelly has always mentioned her broad musical references: Caetano Veloso, Björk, Cornershop, Oasis, Radiohead, Beck, Juanes, Jeff Buckley... but Ani DiFranco has always been at the top of them all, heading the list and inspiring her career.

“I still listen to her music. The other day, for instance, I played Imperfectly. It’s hard to explain, but Ani’s voice made me experience things. And, most of all, it comforts me. No matter what’s going on or what’s happened, listening to Ani, brings me peace and quiet. She represented everything I aspired to musically when I was a teenager. She was a punk, a feminist and she hated the system. She flipped my lid”.
Another band that marked her deeply were The Smashing Pumpkins: “Oh, yes! I loved them! My favourite album at the time was Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness. I guess like many people in the 90’s, really, it was such an important album for me, I played it constantly, and also the one before that, Siamese Dream. I made a sort of mash-up between one of my tracks and Today, a track on that album. It was so fun, and I really love the chorus”. “However, my adolescence had a lot of Brit Pop in it. Oasis, Blur,
Cornershop and all those bands with such a generational sound really trapped me. And then, definitively, hip hop came. It’s one of my great passions”.
There is something inherent in Nelly Furtado, like that perfect blend of R’n’B, Latin spirit and hip hop that is Loose (2006), which she recorded with Timbaland and Danja: a great example of this successful combination of styles. When you talk to her, even at a distance you can notice her smile, almost like she was the Cheshire Cat. She smiles again when she lists the things that make her happy: “My daughter, my family, music, culture and nature”. And, of course, her latest album: The Spirit Indestructible. A deliciously evocative title which could almost be the name of one of those bedtime stories parents tell their kids before falling asleep. “That’s true, it does have that ring to it. It has to do with the fact that I’m lately living in a fairy tale. In some way, I’ve found a treasure -she repeats this in Spanish-, an inner flame that feeds my spirit and makes me happy”.
Speaking of stories that parents tell their kids…. What music does she play her kid? What is the soundtrack to her home? “At home, we listen to music all day long. I play all sorts of music. My albums, other albums I like… There’s always music playing. I want my daughter to listen to as many things and genres as possible. It’s a way of contributing to her having a more open and receiving mentality. However, she’s a very tough critic! You should listen to her opinions, so serious and well grounded!”
Nelly Furtado played for the first time in Ibiza on 1 July at Amnesia.

“I’ve never been to Ibiza and I’ve always wanted to come badly, so I’m super excited”, she exclaims. Does she know that Ibiza is a bit like Las Vegas? That some people even make a pact that says ‘What happens in Ibiza, stays in Ibiza? “Ha ha! I love it! The truth is I love Las Vegas. What makes me fall in love with places is when they have a strong sense of unity, that’s what makes them special. I’m sure Ibiza is like that and I can’t wait to know the island”.


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

3 Vinyls Single "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)"


Check out more information about this Vinyl

Friday, October 26, 2012

Posters advertising the release of “The Spirit Indestructible”


2012 Official posters advertising the release of “The Spirit Indestructible” from Fnac Store (Lisbon). Thanks to Fnac! Mais uma vez obrigado à loja fnac pelos posters!:)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nelly Furtado's Clippings (from Portugal Magazines/Newspapers 2012)







Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nelly Furtado | ES Magazine (London, 2012)


2012 ES Magazine (Magazine by Evening Standard News Paper, London)

Woah, indeed: Nelly Furtado has no intention of slowing down now 

Here come the girls. Backstage at Elstree Studios, a troupe of perfect bodies files past, wearing fishnets: Nelly Furtado’s backing dancers. Then she appears, dressed like an S&M Barbie doll in a frou-frou miniskirt and black leather biker gloves. Each finger is encrusted with spiky rings and sparkly knuckledusters, and she’s wearing outsize hoops, of course — ‘The bigger the better, the better the bigger,’ as she puts it in her new single — and this particular pair is decorated with silver shark bites. ‘Wearing hoops makes me feel less insecure, more confident,’ she says in a voice surprisingly small and vulnerable for a pop diva with some of the most powerful lungs in the business.

Nelly, 33, sold six million copies of her 2000 debut album Woah, Nelly! and became everyone’s favourite Portuguese Canadian: feisty, beautiful — she could be Courteney Cox’s little sister — wholesome yet kooky, singing about how she was ‘like a bird’ who wanted to ‘fly away’. (Turns out she meant it: ‘Birds are my power animals… eagles are important to me… I’ve always been attracted to ravens…’) Her accordion-heavy second album Folklore was rather niche, but she came roaring back into fashion in 2006 with Loose, produced by hip-hop genius Timbaland and featuring dancefloor favourites such as ‘Promiscuous’, ‘Say It Right’, and the insanely catchy UK number one ‘Maneater’. It was the bestselling album in the US that year.

But at the highest point of her success, she suffered a burn-out. One night, she started crying on stage and couldn’t stop. She was struggling to combine being a single mother to her daughter Nevis, now eight, from her relationship with DJ Jasper Gahunia (‘Nevis means snow, and I thought she kinda looked like Snow White when she was born’), with the demands of touring. ‘I was fine by the third song,’ says Nelly. ‘But yes, I’d describe it as a breakdown. Not like a complete one where you have to have a lie-in for 30 days or whatever. But it was like a light bulb went off. I was like, “OK, I’m going to take a break, do some passion projects.” ’

She wrote an album in Spanish, Mi Plan. ‘I felt like I had nothing to say in English, I needed to let it all flow through me in other languages.’ She married her sound engineer, Demacio Castellón, in 2008, and made peace with her inner overachiever. ‘I’m quite proud of myself for learning how to say no. You’ve got to learn how to take care of yourself, how to balance your life. Success is really about spending time with family and friends. And hobbies. I like baking. I like arts and crafts. I like basketball.’

She is surprisingly demure for a girl wearing knuckledusters. ‘Well, it’s been a big couple of years for me, I've been on a real journey. There’s been a big shift in consciousness for me.’ She means getting through the breakdown, writing her new album and also, I think, Gaddafi-gate. In March 2011, as the Libyan dictatorship began to topple, Wikileaks revealed that Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Usher had each been paid $1 million to play a private gig for Gaddafi’s son’s New Year’s Eve party. Nelly owned up to the fact that she, too, was culpable. ‘In 2007 I received $1 million from the Gaddafi clan to perform a 45-minute show for guests at a hotel in Italy,’ she tweeted. ‘I am going to donate the $.’ When I ask her about it, Nelly tells me that the Gaddafi gig had been weighing on her mind for some time. ‘I did the concert way back when. Then I went to Kenya in January [2011], right before the Arab Spring started, and it was a real education. I was with the Free The Children foundation, and they are so knowledgeable, and we were having conversations, and that was when it kinda hit me, how negative an impact some of these, y’know, dictators have on their people, in the long term. And I just couldn’t stop thinking about that money…’

She puts her hand on her chest, trying to find the words: ‘In my heart I…’ She knew she needed to give the money to charity, fast. ‘That was an interesting journey figuring out what I would do with the money. I really wanted some of it to go towards the territories. So I chose this project called Girls For Change, which is in Gaza and Egypt and Tunisia, and eventually Libya, helping 12- to 18-year-old girls learn leadership skills and empowerment. It’s been so rewarding just to see these girls with what I feel is an indestructible spirit.’
And with that awe-inspiring conversational segue she leads us on to her new album, The Spirit Indestructible, out next month.

It must be a fun time to be a pop diva now, in the post-Gaga scene. ‘You definitely can’t be lazy!’ she laughs. Madonna has clearly been an inspiration but would Nelly follow her example and bare, say, a nipple on stage? ‘Me, I think body parts are powerful, so you’ve got to use them wisely. That’s just how I was brought up. As I get older I’ve come into my body more and more and got more comfort-able… I think it’s about doing what you’re comfortable with.’ So in the future she might do something more risqué? ‘That’s what I’m saying!’ Does she feel pressure to wear a lobster on her head? ‘No. I feel that as long as you’re connecting with the crowd that’s the main thing. I still believe in a passionate performance — like Adele, she’s a great performer, and she’s super-vulnerable, so people can relate to that. It’s the vulnerability they’re connecting with.’

Struggling with self-confidence is something Nelly is all too familiar with. ‘Over the past four years I’ve been on something of a journey about my body. I used to be like lots of people in this business: “I need to go on the treadmill for the next photo shoot.” No, you need to train your body for the health of your heart, for flexibility, for your bones, your blood, your nerves, your cells. Not for how you look. Working out for aesthetic purposes just seems so, so…’ Shallow?

‘Maybe. I mean, you’ve got to learn to eat for the right reasons. To eat for nourishment. Not to confuse eating with love, as many families do. Not to eat because you don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t have any vices, and it’s the only thing you do that feels like something naughty.’ Was that you? ‘Yes, for a while. I ate because it was naughty. As a kid, yeah. It’s a journey everyone goes on. I used to be, like, “Woah!” looking at photos of myself on the red carpet, caring about how I looked. I don’t any more. I don’t even look at the pictures. There’s no value in that.’

Nelly has also banned cable TV at home in Toronto, and frequently switches off internet access. ‘I encourage reading and critical thinking for my daughter. She’s eight years old and I’ve started to teach her some media literacy already. I feel that it’s really important that young men and women know about Photo-shopping. They need to know everybody’s airbrushed, squeezed, shrunk, no one fits into sample sizes — people get surgery to fit into those sizes, girls need to know that.’ But surely Nelly’s publicity photos are airbrushed, too? ‘Yes. I’ve got a lot of creative control over what I look like. On my website I’ve got some documentaries about the making of my album that aren’t airbrushed, it’s just me, doing my thing, going into the studio, with my hair looking a riot. It’s reality.’ So she’s now in what’s known as a good place? ‘I can now look in the mirror naked and love myself,’ she says, then laughs. ‘Sorry, was that too much?’

Quick and birdlike, Nelly really can talk. Although she spouts all the usual pop-star pieties, she’s somehow adorable, a steel butterfly. I respect her for answering maturely about Gaddafi, and the whole Nelly package comes with a delightful dash of the unexpected. She’s invited the Apache world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan on tour with her, and has been soaking up his Native American philosophy. ‘The eagle symbolises a messenger from the spirit world, so maybe it’s like when I sing I’m sending out a message, a vibration?’ Nelly, I salute you, and your cosmic vibrations.

The Spirit Indestructible is out on 17 September

Photographs by Squiz Hamilton
Styled by Orsolya Szabo
Stylist's Assistant: Basma Khalifa
Hair and Make-up by Hanc Arias
With thanks to Grand Hotel Excelsior, Malta (Excelsior.com.mt)


 
 Check out the Squiz Hamilton Photoshoot: HERE
 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nelly Furtado | Revista (Portugal, 2012)


Na altura em que lança novo disco, “The Spirit Indestructible”, Nelly Furtado fala de música e de como tem dúvidas em continuar após cada álbum. Diz que pensou fazer triatlo e confessa que é fanática por basquetebol.

“Neste álbum ouvem-se a falar muito sobre a casa, falar da minha vida como adolescente, como uma jovem a crescer em Victoria, numa cidade pequena.” “Faço mesmo uma pausa depois de cada álbum. E digo: ‘Bem, o que vou fazer agora? Vou continuar com isto?’ Mas a música é como um vício, uma dependência.”

“No primeiro álbum achei realmente que era só uma experiência. Pensei: ‘Vou fazer um álbum para ver como é. E depois volto à escola’. Mas deixei a faculdade para fazer este álbum e nunca mais voltei. Quando se tem fãs, também os queremos ver satisfeitos. Sinto-me muito feliz e grata por poder viver isto. Cada vez é mais divertido, porque com a experiência que se ganha começa-se a apreciar realmente o trabalho de uma maneira diferente, ou a visitar estações de rádio, sair para conhecer pessoas, encontrar-me com os fãs…”

“Só me imaginava a fazer esse álbum português tradicional e continental no futuro. Que continuo a querer fazer. Mas depois comecei a trabalhar com um brasileiro transbordante de energia, o Aviti Sungalo. E percebi que também gostaria de fazer um álbum pop brasileiro. Em português, mas um tipo diferente de álbum. Portanto, tenho que encontrar tempo para o fazer. Está na minha Bucket List. Quero passar a véspera de Ano Novo na Baía, Brasil.”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nelly Furtado | The Spirit Indestructible Cd [Deluxe Edition]



The Spirit Indestructible is the fifth album from Canadian multi-platinum singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado. Furtado co-wrote each song on the album, which, in keeping with her musically eclectic nature, finds her working with an array of collaborators from across the musical spectrum, including hip-hop songwriter-producer Salaam Remi (Furtado’s "The Night is Young", Nas), pop songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Lady Gaga), veteran metal producer Bob Rock (Metallica), Dutch DJ and EDM producer Tiesto, rock songwriter and producer John Shanks, and Jamaican reggae producer Da Genius.

This deluxe version of the album features several bonus tracks, including Furtado’s collaborations with Fraser T. Smith (Adele), producer and Passion Pit lead singer Mike Angelakos, and a track featuring the Kenyan Boys Choir that Furtado produced herself.

Track Listings

CD1
1. Spirit Indestructible
2. Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
3. High Life featuring Ace Primo
4. Parking Lot
5. Something featuring Nas
6. Bucket List
7. The Most Beautiful Thing featuring Sara Tavares
8. Waiting For The Night
9. Miracles
10. Circles
11. Enemy
12. Believers (Arab Spring)

CD2
1. Hold Up
2. End Of The World
3. Don't Leave Me
4. Be Ok featuring Dylan Murray
5. Thoughts (featuring The Kenyan Boys Choir)
6. Thoughts (featuring The Kenyan Boys Choir (Tiesto. Remix))
7. End Game

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cd Single Promo Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) Remixes


 

2012 US 11-track Promotional Remixes CD "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)"

Track Listing:
1. 501 Remix
2. Michael Woods Remix
3. Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix
4. David Kay Remix
5. Wideboys Radio
6. Wideboys Club
7. Wideboys Dub
8. Wideboys Mega Dub
9. Chris Cox Remix
10. Dancehall Remix 
11. Demolition Crew Remix

Sunday, September 2, 2012

12" Vinyl Single "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" (USA)

2012 US Promotional 5-track Green Vinyl for the single "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)"

Track Listing:
Side A
A1 - Extended
A2 - Extended Instrumental
Side B
B1 - Album
B2 - Acapella
B3 - Album Instrumental

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cd Single Spirit Indestructible (Germany, 2012)

2012 Germany 2-track CD Single "Spirit Indestructible" includes the Radio Edit and an acoustic version

Track Listing:
1. Radio Edit
2. Acoustic

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cd Single Promo I'm Like A Bird (Mexico, 2000)

2000 Mexico 1-track promotional cd

Track Listing:
1. I'm Like A Bird

Cd Promotional Best Of Nelly Furtado – Hey, Man! (2002)

2002 USA 14-track Promotional Cd Best Of Nelly Furtado - Hey, Man!  

Track Listing:
1. Hey, Man! [Single Version]
2. Shit On The Radio (Remember the days) [Remix]
3. Turn Off The Light [Sunshine Remix]
4. Get Your Freak On (with Missy Elliott) [Remix]
5. Party [Syndicate Mix]
6. Turn Off The Light [Jungle mix]
7. Baby Girl [Live Version]
8. One Minute Man (with Missy Elliott & Ludacris) [Lost Remix]
9. The Harder They Come (with Tricky)
10. I'm Like A Bird [Junior Vasquez Remix]
11. Turn Off The Light [Remix]
12. Hey, Man! [Live Version]
13. Well, Well
14. Shit On The Radio [Single Version]

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nelly Furtado | Lux Woman Magazine (Portugal, 2012)


Nelly Furtado Força Indestrutível

A rapariguinha de 'I'm Like a Bird' tem 'voado' alto e acaba de lançar o seu quinto álbum, 'The Spirit Indestructible'. A morar entre Toronto e Miami, continua a fazer da música o seu modo de vida e sonha com um concerto para breve na terra natal dos pais: São Miguel, nos Açores.

Ser cantora era um sonho de criança?
"Sim, o mais possível! A primeira vez que pisei um palco tinha 4 anos. Eu e a minha mãe fizemos um dueto no Dia de Portugal, para a comunidade portuguesa no Canadá, no salão da igreja. Naquele momento tive a certeza de que era o que queria fazer para o resto da vida! Adorei  a receptividade do público e pensei: 'Uau!! as minhas canções fazem as pessoas felizes!' O meu destino ficou traçado a partir desse dia."

O que é que os seus pais dizem de terem uma filha famosa?
"Acho que eles acham piada [risos]! Parecem ter muito orgulho de mim. Às vezes, o meu pai diz-me para não trabalhar demasiado, para abrandar o ritmo. Neste álbum, tenho o prazer de ter a voz dele, durante alguns segundos"

O que é que a faz dar uma boa gargalhada?
"Provavelmente, o meu pai quando diz piadas. Ele é muito engraçado!"

O que é que se imagina a fazer daqui a dez anos?
"Bem, daqui a dez anos vou ter 43 e a minha vida 18. Espero continuar a ser feliz naquilo que faço e muito apaixonada!"

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Por Sandra Cáceres Monteiro

Friday, July 27, 2012

Nelly Furtado | Portuguese Press kit (April-May 2012)



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nelly Furtado | You Magazine (UK, 2012)



When the trappings of success led to an on-stage breakdown, singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado walked away from her career. Fast forward six years and Prince Harry’s pop princess is back…

‘I know how many women around the world will envy me for having a letter from Prince Harry,’ says Nelly

In a vast mansion in a well-heeled suburb of Toronto, Nelly Furtado is confessing her secret criminal past. ‘My song “Parking Lot” really reminds me of being 14 years old and hanging out around the 7 Eleven with my friends until 4am, stealing sweets,’ she says, dissolving into laughter. ‘I thought I was a bad-ass back then.’
This morning the Portuguese-Canadian Brit- and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, now 33, could not seem less ‘bad-ass’ if she tried. Friendly and voluble, she even apologises for talking too much, as she careers from topic to topic, enthusing about a recent epic road trip across America (with her sound-engineer husband Demacio Castellon, and Nevis, her eight-year-old daughter from her relationship with DJ Jasper Gahunia) and the nostalgia that infuses her record.

'I’m a bit of a hippie, I need to escape. My husband laughs at me, because I take myself off to the woods'
The album, Nelly’s fifth, is aptly titled The Spirit Indestructible, and though she denies it is wholly self-referential, she has certainly overcome some serious setbacks to reach this point. When she was 20, her breakthrough single ‘I’m Like a Bird’ was an international smash hit, and her first album Whoa, Nelly! sold six million copies. Her second album, Folklore, didn’t fare so well, however, and while touring with her third album, Loose, in 2006, she suffered a nervous breakdown on stage and decided to press pause on her career – a bold move in a notoriously fickle industry. 
Now, after six years away from the spotlight (involving only one self-produced Spanish-language album), she’s back with an urban-sounding album (the first single from which, ‘Big Hoops’, is released this week), which she describes as ‘a friendly punch in the face. That’s not meant to sound aggressive,’ she clarifies. ‘I just wanted it to have attitude and not take itself too seriously.’ Here Nelly talks comebacks and royal admirers…
I always knew I was going to make it. From the first time I sang a duet with my mum in church,
aged four, that was it – the idea was in my head.

I was the opposite of a Disney kid; it wasn’t about show business, it was about music, about sitting and practising your instrument. My grandfather and great-uncle were composers, and my father, a landscape gardener, was a huge fan of traditional Portuguese music, so it’s in the family. I was brought up in Victoria, British Columbia, and when I told my mum I wanted to move to Toronto, age 17, she was not happy, but she was still supportive. During the hard days, early on in Toronto, when I was crashing on my sister’s sofa, calling home and crying, she’d say, ‘Well, it’s what you wanted.’

My 14-year-old self had a lot of attitude. At that age, you already have your personality, but you haven’t suffered any knocks. I remember putting on my big hoop earrings, my baggy trousers and my backpack and taking the bus downtown to hang out at the mall. As I would stand there and wait for my friends, I already felt like I was on a poster. I already felt like I was famous. My role models growing up were TLC, Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige – strong, assertive, sexy, smart women.


I am a bit of a rebel at heart. I always leave room for a little rule-breaking and disorder.

Six years ago I had a nervous breakdown on stage. I was on the Loose tour and my daughter was with me – I was being a mum and a singer on the road. I was exhausted. Then one night I went on stage and I suddenly realised how stressed-out I was. I actually cried my way through the first two songs.

I took a break from music and went home. And I realised that being at home and having the whole family experience was what I was seeking.

Over the past couple of years I have come to terms with my small-town upbringing, and now I can look at it in a positive way. You run and you run and you run, and then you think, ‘Wait a minute, that was beautiful!’

It was not easy to take time out. I had to learn to say no. People were trying to get me to record another album. I wasn’t worried about burning any bridges, though. My career has had its ups and downs – it’s not like it has all been super smooth.

My first trip to Kenya, 14 months ago, was an awakening. I was invited there to shoot a documentary about a high school for girls in a region where very few girls are educated. In Africa, I really remembered who I am. I was raised Catholic, but I see myself as more spiritual than religious. I was able to come home and write all these lyrics, so there are songs on the album about God.

I am not a brand, and that’s been very much a choice. I turned down lots of make-up offers,
fashion campaigns, perfume deals… I always felt that I wanted my main product to be music.
This business requires some fighting – that’s part of it. Even in the beginning, I had to fight to wear trainers in the ‘I’m Like a Bird’ video.



Marriage has been really good for me. It’s so nice to know that somebody loves you. There’s also something about having the domestic side of your life calm that helps give you a foundation. People do say that from commitment comes great freedom, and I think it’s true.

Co-parenting with an ex is not easy, but I think it’s really important not to have any ill will. My daughter is lucky because she has two great dads in her life. All three of us are in the music business, so we understand each other’s crazy schedules. Nevis is a real music-biz kid.
‘I have met Prince William and Prince Harry, who are so sweet. Harry was the one who invited me to perform at the Concert for Diana, and was up dancing during my song “Say it Right”. And there’s going to be a real fanfare for the Jubilee in Canada – we still love the Queen and the Royal Family’

Being a small family unit is kind of nice, you can just pack up and go – my husband is from Miami and I have family in Portugal and Canada. But we do talk about having more children and I’d like to – maybe between this album and the next.

My daughter thinks writing songs is a joke. She’s been able to do it since she was tiny, so she doesn’t think it’s a big deal at all. She’s like, ‘Really Mummy, is that all you do all day?’

Singing at the Concert for Diana at Wembley in 2007 was a real high in my career, and I’m so glad I did it. British Columbia is still quite colonial – we still very much love the Queen and the Royal Family. I met William and Harry when I performed at the concert – they are such lovely boys. It was Harry who invited me to perform at the Concert for Diana, and was up dancing during my song ‘Say It Right’. They wrote to me afterwards to thank me for taking part and I’ve kept that letter. I know how many women around the world will envy me now for having a letter from Harry!

There will be a real fanfare for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here. When Kate and William got married, it was a huge event. Children wrote them letters and people had parties while they watched the wedding.

People value tradition in a different kind of way these days. We live such fast-paced lives and we don’t always take the time to think about culture and heritage and great traditions, of which the Royal Family is definitely one. I think the way people celebrated the wedding last year shows that they do still care a great deal about the Royal Family.



Kate and William’s wedding really brought people together. And when they visited Canada earlier this year, the response was just incredible. Everyone was very proud that they chose to come here on one of their first official visits.

Now I’m a mother, I also see the love story between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge through my daughter’s eyes. I remind her that even princesses go to the bathroom, just like everybody else – it’s my job to keep it a little bit real!

The old-school idea of a princess in a castle waiting to be saved is something I talk to my daughter about. Even at her school they look at why princesses in stories are always getting saved and don’t have jobs. I grew up in a feminist household and I want to pass that on to my daughter.
‘I was not prepared for the scrutiny that fame would bring. If I had been a celebrity at 16, I would have  been misbehaving so badly’
I think the Queen commands huge respect – she is an icon and there’s so much love for her. She is strong in her role as a mother, as a woman, and
has her partner Prince Philip supporting her.

I love that the Royal Family doesn’t cave into trends – they live in their own fashion world. And it’s great that Kate wears the same outfits several times – she’s very down to earth. But whatever she does she seems to be criticised – too high street, too thin. As women, we should support each other and not be catty about each other.

There have been so many changes in the music industry since I started out. I feel calmer and more comfortable about myself in my 30s, but I am very aware how much older I am than the youngsters coming through now. That’s the payoff. I hang out a lot with my husband’s two lovely younger brothers, though. One is 22 and the other is 23, and they have a music blog. They are the ones who signed me up to Twitter and get me listening to new things. You have to stay engaged – everyone’s grandmother has a Facebook page these days.

I was not in any way prepared for the scrutiny that fame would bring. Thank goodness I was
20 when it arrived. If I had been a celebrity at 16, I would have been misbehaving so badly. Or, I would have been so repressed and trying so hard not to misbehave that I’d have been a total wreck by 25.

Dealing with my own body image was difficult at 21, and it’s still difficult now. When you are constantly looking at pictures of yourself, you become incredibly self-critical. Not only do
you need to be a musician, but you feel that you also need to look like a model. I think I had a good, solid upbringing, but I was still like, ‘Oh my God, I look fat in that dress.’ I have evolved over the past five years though. I’ve got to the point now where
I can look at any picture of myself and love it, because I feel like I am coming into my own. It’s
so much better than the state of mind I was in when I was in my early 20s.

I’m a bit of a hippie, I need to escape. My husband laughs at me, because I take myself off to the woods – like Snow White, listening to the birds! But I grew up around trees and by the ocean. I think I’ve kept a little of that spirit.

Nelly's hot list


Listening to The singer Grimes from Montreal – she reminds me of me when I was about 17. I also like the band Grouplove, and the latest Incubus album, and I’m in love with St Vincent – she has three albums, all of which I love.

Style Icon I have always loved Jennifer Lopez [right] – she can even pull off flashing a nipple at the Oscars!
Reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. I’m only on chapter one, but it’s going well.
Beauty product I use a lot of Himalayan salt in the bath – it’s really invigorating. You can add jojoba or sweet almond oil and make your own scrub with it. I like the John Masters Organics range too, especially the lip balm.
Saving up for Another road trip – I want to go to Tennessee again. I’d never been to the national parks in the US before and they are gorgeous.
Splurging on Air travel. It’s getting so expensive now.

If you could live anywhere Miami – there are so many people from around the world, there’s such a spirit there.


…and must-dos
‘Bucket List’, a track on The Spirit Indestructible, is about the things you have to do before you die. Here’s Nelly’s own list:
I really want to ride in a hot air balloon, as I say on the record. Even my daughter knows that. She always says, ‘Mummy, that’s your dream.’
Do a triathlon – a friend and I almost did one last year, but we bailed out because we got scared about the lake swim.
Visit Alaska, Greece and Iceland.
Direct a movie of some sort.
Spend New Year’s Eve in Bahia in Brazil – everybody dresses in white and they put candles in the ocean – it’s pretty amazing. And I want to go to carnival in Rio too.
Start making art. I have so many random ideas for installations.

Nelly’s single ‘Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)’ is out tomorrow, and her album The Spirit Indestructible will be released in September (Polydor)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nelly Furtado | Songwriters Magazine (Canada, 2006)


Nelly Furtado | On The…. Loose
“Tim and I hooked up and we were just going to do four songs”, Furtado reveals. “We ended up doing ten songs because we had so much fun and we were on the same page. I had already recorded about 20 or 30 tracks before I hooked up with Tim. Then when I started with Tim, it felt so magical and so unique that I just kept with it”
“The first day we started jamming with a bunch of people in the room, the music was real loud – plus-11 I call it – and we were burning this intense vibe, almost like a voodoo energy. “
“Then we smelled smoke and a flame shot out of the speaker because the volume was so loud it had burnt the rubber!” she laughs. “We’d never seen anything like it. It felt significant.”
“I wrote the chorus to ‘Afraid’ in my hotel room and the verses in the studio,” says Furtado. “It’s about that inner thing where we always want to be the person receiving the standing ovation from the crowd, but our inner fear prevents us from going for it”
“’Afraid’ reminds me of that 14-year-old teenager in the hallway of my high school by my locker. I was always concerned about what the people thought about me, being self-conscious, something that every young person goes through.”

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