Nelly Furtado
Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician and actress
Nelly Furtado
Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and 18 million Singles, bringing her total sales to nearly 40 million records. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, which spawned two successful singles, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light". "I'm Like A Bird" won a 2001 Juno Award for Single of the Year and a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
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Nelly Furtado's 2017 comeback: career recap in five music videos
Yahoo News - 2 months
The Canadian singer is set to make a comeback in 2017 with a new album called "The Ride." The video accompanying the "Maneater" singer's single, "Pipe Dreams," taken from the upcoming album, has now been released on the YouTube channel of American magazine, Pitchfork. In the year 2000, the young Nelly Furtado burst onto the pop scene with the single, "I'm Like A Bird," which was a hit worldwide. Riding high on her initial success, Nelly Furtado wanted her second album, "Folklore," to reflect and celebrate her Portuguese origins.
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Nina Sky’s New Song Is Proof They’ve Only Gotten Cooler Since 2004
Huffington Post - 8 months
There was a time when all you heard on Top 40 radio was "Move Ya Body." It stood out, too. Unlike the saccharine earworms that dominated the radio waves in 2004 from the likes of Ashlee Simpson and JoJo, this song ushered a movement, where dancehall and tropical sounds reigned (think Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On"). Nina Sky became the solution to whitewashed pop music we desperately needed. Nicole and Natalie Albino of Nina Sky are Puerto Rican-born identical twins who were raised in New York City (Queens, to be exact) and both identify as queer. But don't let that limit your perspective of them. Their identities certainly matter, but their fluidity (and unabashed confidence) seethe through everything they touch. They're role models for all women in the music industry without even overtly trying to be. The Huffington Post recently caught up with them over fries and drinks to talk about their new single, "Champion Lover," the pinnacle of reggaeton, NYC Pride, and so much more. ...
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Nelly Furtado slammed for national anthem at NBA All-Star Game
CNN - about 1 year
Perhaps the biggest foul of the record-breaking NBA All-Star Game came before tipoff.
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Ne-Yo and Nelly Furtado to Perform at the NBA All-Star Game
ABC News - about 1 year
But who's been tapped to sing the Canadian national anthem?
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Nicki Minaj Criticized for Angola Performance, But Is It Fair?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
BY Omise'eka Natasha Tinsley "Independent women only!" Dropping it low in a sheer, bejeweled bodysuit, flanked by female dancers in black leotards and yellow tights, Nicki Minaj changed the lyrics to her single "Only" to give a shout-out to independent Angolan sisters when she performed Saturday at a holiday concert sponsored by phone company Unitel. Unitel is controlled by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angolan president Jose dos Santos and Africa's richest woman and youngest billionaire. Minaj performed despite protests from the Human Rights Foundation, which wrote a letter demanding she refuse to perform for a government "involved in gross human rights violations." Citing the dos Santos regime for economic corruption and suppression of free speech, HRF also lambasted Isabel as "the largest beneficiary of the country's deadly trade in blood diamonds." When Minaj nonetheless accepted the invitation to perform in Luanda, she joined Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtad ...
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Challenges to the Creative City (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Thousands of people descended on Miami during the first week of December 2015, to experience Art Basel Miami. On Thursday, December 3, hundreds attended a packed discussion on creativity and city building at the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. The global forum, CREATE: Miami, was hosted by Florida International University and Visiting Scholar and urbanist Richard Florida, and it brought together a veritable constellation of luminaries in art, architecture, design, fashion, and music. For an overview of the event, watch CREATE: Miami. To tune into the entire day's dialogue, watch: Opening Remarks and Welcome The President of Florida International University, Mark Rosenberg, welcomed guests with a discussion on why cities are so essential to human creativity and innovation. With their clusters of creative, diverse people, cities have driven advances in arts, culture, technology, and government since the dawn of history. How do we ensure that our cities remain as open as they c ...
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The Creative Class Gather at Art Basel Miami Beach
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For the first time in human history, more than half the world's population is living in cities, with that number to grow to 70% in the next 20 years. This rapid urbanization is pricing out the very artists, creatives and innovators that revitalized cities in the first place. With the backdrop of Art Basel, Florida International University and the Creative Class Group will host an exclusive forum with international cultural icons about how to keep artists and creators in the heart of our cities, on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Urban Studios. This World-Class Global Forum on Art + Design + Architecture hosted as a signature event of the FIU Miami Creative City Initiative, lead by urbanist Richard Florida will bring together distinguished innovators such as, Grammy Award Winning Artist Nelly Furtado, World-Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid, internationally-recognized designer Glenn Pushelberg, artist Kenny Scharf and several others to address the crea ...
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Katy Perry Joins The List Of Celebs Madonna Has Spanked Onstage During The Rebel Heart Tour
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Katy Perry has joined the ranks of Amy Schumer, Anderson Cooper, Diplo and Nelly Furtado, who can each claim to be one of Madonna's "unapologetic bitches." During her Rebel Heart Tour stop in Inglewood, California, on Tuesday, Madonna surprised the audience by bringing Perry onto the stage during her penultimate number, the reggae-inspired "Unapologetic Bitch." Madonna has crowned an "unapologetic bitch" on each night of her current world tour. Usually it's a fan, but this time, it was the California gurl's turn to get spanked and receive the coveted banana that acts as the victor's prize. On Tuesday, that banana happened to be a flask, so of course Perry and Madonna both took swigs.  Perry has collaborated with Madonna before, first as a guest curator on Madonna's Art for Freedom project in 2014. A few months later, they appeared on the cover of V Magazine together, and earlier this year they walked the Met Ball red carpet in matching Moschino dresses. Perry watched the rest o ...
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Alex Cuba Hits The Road With Funk And Soulful Rythms
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Alex Cuba has captivated the attention of music lovers by bringing soul, funk and traditional Latin rhythms together. Now, he’s bringing his sound to the states in a 16-city U.S. tour that kicks off September 17. His U.S. tour will start in Houston, Texas and end on October 14 in New York, N.Y. He will perform favorite hits from earlier releases give a sneak peek to some new tracks in his upcoming album. “Alex Cuba looks exactly like his music sounds: funky, soulful, and, yes, suave. …minutes into his set, the audience, is spinning around the dance floor …[Alex] is giving them something irresistible and completely unexpected: an evening of old-school soul and funk – en español,” stated the Boston Globe. Alexis Puentes, better known for his stage name Alex Cuba, plays guitar and bass and sings in both English and Spanish, making music that is both soulful and true to his roots. Artists such a Ray Charles is an obvious trait of his sound. The 39-year-old won Best ...
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Nicki Minaj Twerks On A Throne In Nelly's New Video Get Like Me! Watch The Booty Quake HERE!
Perez Hilton - over 3 years
If you're into butt drumming, toilet paper made out of one hundred dollar bills, and creative big brand product placement, we have a new musical experience for you! LOLz! Nelly's hotttt new vid for Get Like Me is going to be a sure fire hit! Nicki Minaj, and Pharrell join in on the song fun in this (mostly) black and white ode to the female buttock! The song is featured on Nelly's new album M.O. which is expected to be released later this year! It will also feature collaborations with Nelly Furtado, T.I., Ne-Yo and Wiz Khalifa! We think it's totes hot in hurrrrr with talent! Don't believe us? Watch the video (above) to find out why we can hardly cool down!
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Jennifer Lopez Sparks Controversy With Her Latest Performance
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday" to the leader of Turkmenistan during a show, but her representative said she wouldn't have performed there at all if she had known there were human rights issues in the country. The singer and actress performed in the former Soviet bloc country on Saturday night. A statement released Sunday by her publicist to The Associated Press said the event was hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp. and wasn't a political event. However, the country's leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, did attend. Berdimuhamedow has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch describes Turkmenistan as "among the most repressive in the world." After a United Nations visit last month, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said the country had made progress in the area of human rights, but "a lot more work is needed to complete this process and to ensure practice is in line wi ...
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Celebrating Her Birthday With A New Song
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There's no rest for Kylie Minogue, who's back with her first single since signing with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label in February. The Australian singer, who also happened to turn 45 on Tuesday, has released "Skirt," a pulsating new song that blends electronic beats with her reverb-heavy vocal effects. The track is co-written by The-Dream and expected to feature on the singer's upcoming 12th studio album -- the first since she parted ways with longtime manager Terry Blamey. Minogue told Rolling Stone earlier this month that the move to Roc Nation has reinvigorated her. "It's bringing out something different in me, which is cool," she said. "I need to know what it is to do something different -– different style of delivery, different beats, different subject matter." That "something different" includes a smattering of A-list producers -- Pharrell Williams (Adam Lambert, Kelly Rowland), Stargate (Rihanna, Beyonce) and Darkchild (Whitney Houston, Nelly Furtado) are among the ...
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Blake Landau: 3 Ways Thoughtful Content Will Benefit Your Small Business
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"I commonly hear entrepreneurs obsessed with concerns about blogging, twitter, Facebook and other social media endeavors, when they don't have a way to earn sufficient money in their business," wrote Forbes columnist Kathy Caprino. According to a recent study conducted with 3,000 small business owners in six countries, only 30 percent of small businesses rely on social media for new customers. If you're a small business, social media should be part of your marketing strategy, but not the only part. Social media is not going to save a bad business model. It's essentially just a medium to send out content, and an easy to way to connect with the crowd. Rather than focus so much on social media tools and all the noise around how to use them, consider thinking more strategically about your content. Here are three rules to help you achieve more results with content. If you're a small business, you won't want to leave these steps out of your equation. 1. Does Your Cont ...
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Singer Reveals Details Of Mental Illness, Plans To Change Pop
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos knows you're going to ask him about bipolar disorder. He also knows you read the Pitchfork interview in which he candidly discusses multiple suicide attempts. He knows that you know he cancelled multiple shows last year, citing mental health as the reason for doing so. "It's so hilarious going into a lot of these interviews because I just assume that someone will ask something about the illness, and at this point I just throw my hands up in the air and assume that it's a lost cause," Angelakos said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "But some people I speak to really actually want to understand. And if that's the intention, then I can read that and try to satisfy that need and also talk about the music." The problem is that knowing these things -- that Passion Pit rallied from Angelakos' personal struggles to release last year's "Gossamer," one of the strongest and most popular indie-pop records in recent memory -- leads critics to ...
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PHOTOS: We Day brings energetic, inspirational show to teens
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Teens from around Washington State were treated to a high-energy, inspirational show at KeyArena on Wednesday. The show featured a long list of celebrities and motivational speakers, in a rocking venue filled with enthusiastic teens, colorful lights and lots of music. The list of speakers and performers included actor Martin Sheen, Nelly Furtado, Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Luther King III, MC Hammer, Steve Ballmer, Pete Carroll, J.R. Martinez, Mia Farrow and a surprise musical performance by Mackelemore, Ryan Lewis, Wanz and Ray Dalton. The large pep rally entertained the 15,000 young people in attendance, but it also had serious messages for the them about overcoming adversity, finding [...]
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India Badiner: The Death of Steven Dub
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I will preface this story by saying I have never experienced a death that is blinding, heart wrenching, or one that has shaken me to my core. I am thankful to have not had to experience that kind of suffering yet in my life and for those who have, I can only attempt to understand the severity of their pain. When I think of the closest encounter with death that has occurred in my life, a boy named Steven Dub comes immediately to mind. Steven Dub was a few grades ahead of me in high school. He was one of those kids who couldn't seem to escape the unhappiness in his life. He had a tremendous amount of anger and resentment toward the world and some specific people that he felt had wronged him. Therefore, it seemed as if he was always on the edge of falling apart, like a wine glass ready to slip off the counter and shatter into a million pieces. He was also toughened by some of the experiences he had, things that would be terrifying or damaging to the average person, but were ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nelly Furtado
  • 2016
    Age 37
    During the interview she also confirmed a new track off the album titled "Islands of Me", which was released on streaming services on September 10, 2016.
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    On September 8, 2016, Furtado confirmed the title of the upcoming album, The Ride (2017), which is slated for release in March 2017.
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    In July 2016, Furtado released "Behind Your Back" exclusively on Spotify, describing the song as an "appetiser" for her upcoming album.
    More Details Hide Details Following the release, in an interview with CBC Player, Furtado stated that her album is finished and she has recorded 16 songs with John Congleton, but the album will contain 12.
    In 2016, Furtado collaborated with Dev Hynes on the track "Hadron Collider".
    More Details Hide Details The track appears on Hynes' album Freetown Sound.
    On February 14, 2016, Furtado performed the Canadian National Anthem at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game which was held in Toronto (this was the second time Furtado had performed at the NBA All-Star Game, also having performed O Canada at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game).
    More Details Hide Details That same month, she also began teasing new music via social media, suggesting that the album would have a connection to Dallas, Texas, where much of the album was recorded.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    On July 2, 2013 Furtado performed a new track, the acoustic ballad "Mystery", from her upcoming studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado promoted the album on her The Spirit Indestructible Tour.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    Furtado publicly endorsed Green Party leader Elizabeth May in Saanich-Gulf Islands during the federal election in 2011.
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    Furtado came under fire after 2011 reports from the New York Times and a WikiLeaks document revealed she had accepted payment of one million dollars to perform for the family of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
    More Details Hide Details Only after the story broke did she promise to donate to charity the CDN$1 million she received for a 2007 concert, which ended up going to Free the Children.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    Furtado released her first greatest hits album titled The Best of Nelly Furtado on November 16, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Three new songs were included on the greatest hits album, including "Night Is Young", "Girlfriend in the City", and the Lester Mendez produced track, left over from the Loose sessions, "Stars". The album's first single, "Night Is Young", was released on October 12, 2010. Furtado had previously sung two of the new songs: "Girlfriend in the City" and "Night Is Young" at her concert in Warsaw, Poland.
    Furtado was honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in October 2010.
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    Furtado sang in a duet with Bryan Adams at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
    More Details Hide Details The song was called "Bang The Drum" released on EMI album Sounds Of Vancouver 2010 (a commemorative album). Furtado is featured in a new song by N.E.R.D. called "Hot N Fun". She also participated in the Young Artists for Haiti song, in which many Canadian artists came together and sang K'naan's inspirational song "Wavin' Flag" to raise money for the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.
    Furtado participated in the live DVD recording of the Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo in Madison Square Garden on September 4, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado released Mi Plan Remixes featuring 12 tracks of remixed hits from "Mi Plan." This album included the Original Spanglish Version of "Fuerte", her final release from Mi Plan. Furtado made a guest appearance on Canadian singer k-os's new album Yes!, collaborating alongside Saukrates on the song "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman," released in early July 2009. Nelly Furtado also made a guest appearance on Tiësto's single "Who Wants to Be Alone" on his new album Kaleidoscope.
    To promote the tour in Brazil, on March 24, 2010, Furtado made a "VIP Pocket Show" in reality show program Big Brother Brasil 10 from Rede Globo, the country's leading channel.
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    Lifestyle, her planned fourth English studio album, was not released during the summer of 2010 in favor a second leg of her Mi Plan Tour.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    She released her first Spanish language album Mi Plan in 2009 which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012 Furtado released her fifth studio album The Spirit Indestructible. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. She has won several awards throughout her career including; one Grammy Award from seven nominations, one Latin Grammy Award, ten Juno Awards, one BRIT Award, one Billboard Music Award, one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award and three Much Music Video Awards. Furtado has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and was awarded Commander of the Order of Prince Henry on February 28, 2014 in Toronto by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the former President of Portugal.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On July 19, 2008, Furtado married sound engineer Demacio Castellon.
    More Details Hide Details In a June 2006 interview with Genre magazine, when asked if she had "ever felt an attraction to women", Furtado replied "Absolutely. Women are beautiful and sexy". Some considered this an announcement of bisexuality, but in August 2006, she stated that she was "straight, but very open-minded". In November 2006, Furtado revealed that she once turned down US$500,000 to pose fully clothed in Playboy. Furtado hosted a program about AIDS on MTV, which also featured guests Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake. On September 27, 2011, Furtado announced during Free the Children's We Day Toronto, that she was giving CDN$1,000,000 to Free the Children's effort to build girls' schools in the Maasai region of Kenya. During her childhood and youth, Furtado embraced many musical genres, listening heavily to mainstream R&B, hip hop, alternative hip hop, drum and bass, trip hop, world music (including Portuguese fado, Brazilian bossa nova and Indian music), and a variety of others. Her biggest influence when growing up was Ani DiFranco, she explained that "when I was a teenager, I wanted to be (the feminist punk-folk singer) Ani DiFranco. I never wanted to be part of corporate music." She cites diverse influences, including Madonna, Blondie, Prince, The Police, Eurythmics, Talking Heads, De La Soul, TLC, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Amalia Rodrigues, Caetano Veloso, Juanes, Jeff Buckley, Esthero, Björk, Cornershop, Oasis, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins and Beck.
    Furtado married Cuban sound engineer Demacio "Demo" Castellón, with whom she had worked on the Loose album, on July 19, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado's debut Spanish album, Mi Plan was released with the first single, "Manos Al Aire" ("Hands in the Air"). She had formed her own record label, Nelstar, in conjunction with Canadian independent label group Last Gang Labels. The first act signed to Nelstar is Fritz Helder & the Phantoms. "Manos al Aire" was released on the new label. The second, third and fourth singles were "Más", "Mi Plan" and "Bajo Otra Luz" respectively. Furtado won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album for Mi Plan. She is the first Canadian to win a Latin Grammy award. Furtado also recorded "Manos al Aire" in Simlish for the new The Sims 3 expansion, World Adventures.
    In 2008, she sang with the Italian group "Zero Assoluto" the ballad Win or Lose – Appena prima di partire, released in Italy, France and Germany and whose video was shot in Barcelona.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado made a guest appearance on Flo Rida's new album, R.O.O.T.S.. Furtado also made a guest appearance on Divine Brown's Love Chronicles, co-writing and singing on the background of the song "Sunglasses".
    In late 2008, Furtado collaborated with James Morrison on a song called "Broken Strings" for his album Songs for You, Truths for Me.
    More Details Hide Details The single was released on December 8 and peaked at No.2 on the UK Singles Chart in early January.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    In 2007, Furtado and Justin Timberlake were featured on Timbaland's single "Give It to Me", which became her third number-one single in the U.S. and second in the UK.
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    She also appeared on stage at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London on July 1, 2007, where she performed "Say It Right", "Maneater", and "I'm like a Bird".
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    On April 1, 2007, Furtado was a performer and host of the 2007 Juno Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
    More Details Hide Details She won all five awards for which she was nominated, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year.
    In honour of her visit, local leaders officially proclaimed March 21, 2007, the first day of spring, as Nelly Furtado Day.
    More Details Hide Details After the tour, she released her first live DVD/CD named Loose the Concert.
    She returned in March 2007 to her hometown of Victoria to perform a concert at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre.
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    On February 16, 2007, Furtado embarked on the "Get Loose Tour".
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    Furtado's third album, named Loose, after the spontaneous, creative decisions she made while creating the album, was released in June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In this album, primarily produced by Timbaland, Furtado experiments with sounds from R&B, hip hop, and 1980s music. Furtado herself describes the album's sound as punk-hop, described as "modern, poppy, spooky" and as having "a mysterious, after-midnight vibe... extremely visceral". She attributed the youthful sound of the album to the presence of her two-year-old daughter. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, with some citing the "revitalising" effect of Timbaland on Furtado's music, and others calling it "slick, smart and surprising". Loose has become the most successful album of Furtado's career so far, as it reached number one, not only in Canada and the United States, but also several countries worldwide. The album produced her first number-one hit in the United States, "Promiscuous", as well as her first number-one hit in the United Kingdom, "Maneater". The single "Say It Right" eventually became Furtado's most successful song worldwide, due to its huge success in Europe and in the United States, where it became her second number-one hit. "All Good Things (Come to an End)" became her most successful song in Europe, topping single charts in numerous countries there.
    The two would collaborate again on "Te Busqué" ("I Searched For You"), a single from Furtado's 2006 album Loose.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    The couple broke up in 2005 but according to Furtado, continued to be good friends and share joint responsibility of raising Nevis.
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    Eventually in 2005, DreamWorks Records, along with many of its artists, including Furtado, were absorbed into Geffen Records. "Powerless (Say What You Want)" was later remixed into a Spanish version called "Abre Tu Corazón", featuring Juanes, who had previously worked with Furtado on his track "Fotografía".
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    Furtado's second album, Folklore, was released in November 2003. One of the tracks on the album, "Childhood Dreams", was dedicated to her daughter, Nevis. The album includes the single "Força" (meaning "strength"/ "power" or "you can do it!" in Portuguese), the official anthem of the 2004 European Football Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado performed this song in Lisbon at the championship's final, in which Portugal's national team played. The lead single released was "Powerless (Say What You Want)" and the second single was the ballad "Try". The album was not as successful as her debut, partly due to the album's less "poppy" sound, as well as underpromotion from her label DreamWorks Records. DreamWorks had just been sold to Universal Music Group at the time of the album's release.
    On September 20, 2003, Furtado gave birth to her daughter, Nevis Chetan.
    More Details Hide Details The child's father is Jasper Gahunia, Furtado's boyfriend since 2001 and a good friend for several years.
    Furtado was also featured in "Breath" from Swollen Members' Monsters in the Closet release; the video for "Breath," directed by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, won the 2003 Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Video and MuchVIBE Best Rap Video.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    In 2002, Furtado appeared on the song "Thin Line", on underground hip hop group Jurassic 5's album Power in Numbers.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Furtado provided her vocals to the Paul Oakenfold song "The Harder They Come" from the album Bunkka. She also had a collaboration with Colombian artist Juanes in the song "Fotografía" ("Photograph"), where she showed her diversity of yet another language, Spanish.
    It received four Grammy nominations in 2002, and her debut single won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado's work was also critically acclaimed for her innovative mixture of various genres and sounds. Slant Magazine called the album "a delightful and refreshing antidote to the army of 'pop princesses' and rap-metal bands that had taken over popular music at the turn of the millennium". The sound of the album was strongly influenced by musicians who had traversed cultures and "the challenge of making heartfelt, emotional music that's upbeat and hopeful". According to Maclean's magazine, Whoa, Nelly! had sold six million copies worldwide as of August 2006. Portions of the song "Scared of You" are in Portuguese, while "Onde Estás" is entirely in Portuguese, reflecting Furtado's Portuguese heritage. Following the release of the album, Furtado headlined the "Burn in the Spotlight Tour" and also appeared on Moby's Area:One tour.
  • 2000
    Age 21
    Furtado previously proclaimed that the album was most like her 2000 debut Whoa, Nelly!, but containing elements from urban, alternative, and reggae.
    More Details Hide Details The influences for the album range from Janelle Monáe, The xx, to Florence + the Machine. The album had input from producers such as The Neptunes, Tiësto, Timbaland, Rick Nowels, Ryan Tedder and Rodney Jerkins. The first single from The Spirit Indestructible, "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)", was released digitally on April 17, 2012 and was sent to North American radio stations on May 1, 2012. Furtado continued to collaborate with hip-hop producer Salaam Remi, who previously worked on the 2010 single "Night Is Young", on "The Edge". The lyrics for the Salaam Remi produced track are reported to be influenced by the Tiger Woods cheating scandal, in which was originally referred to as "Elin's Song".
    Furtado continued the collaboration with Eaton and West, who co-produced her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, which was released in October 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The album was an international success, supported by three international singles: "I'm like a Bird", "Turn off the Light", and "On the Radio (Remember the Days)".
  • 1999
    Age 20
    The material recorded during these sessions was shopped to record companies by her attorney Chris Taylor and led to her 1999 record deal with DreamWorks Records, signed by A&R executive Beth Halper, partner of Garbage drummer and record producer Butch Vig.
    More Details Hide Details Furtado's first single, "Party's Just Begun (Again)", was released that year on the Brokedown Palace: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • 1997
    Age 18
    In 1997, she performed at the Honey Jam talent show.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance attracted the attention of The Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton, who then approached her to write with him. He and fellow Kings member Brian West helped Furtado produce a demo. She left Toronto, but returned again to record more material with Eaton and West.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    After graduating from Mount Douglas Secondary School in 1996, she moved to Toronto to reside with her sister Lisa Anne.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she formed Nelstar, a trip hop duo with Newkirk. Ultimately, Furtado felt the trip-hop style of the duo was "too segregated," and believed it did not represent her personality or allow her to showcase her vocal ability. She left the group and planned to move back home.
    During a visit with her sister Lisa Anne in Toronto, the summer after grade eleven, Furtado met Tallis Newkirk, member of the hip hop group Plains of Fascination. She contributed vocals to their 1996 album, Join the Ranks, on the track "Waitin' 4 The Streets."
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  • 1978
    Furtado was born on December 2, 1978, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Her Portuguese parents, António José Furtado and Maria Manuela Furtado, were both from São Miguel Island in the Azores and had immigrated to Canada in the late 1960s. Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. Her siblings are Michael Anthony and Lisa Anne. They were raised Roman Catholic. At age four, she began performing and singing in Portuguese. Furtado's first public performance was when she sang a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day. She began playing musical instruments at the age of nine, learning the trombone, ukulele and – in later years – the guitar and keyboards. At the age of 12, she began writing songs, and as a teenager, she performed in a Portuguese marching band. Furtado has acknowledged her family as the source of her strong work ethic; she spent eight summers working as a chambermaid with her mother, along with her brother and sister, who was a housekeeper in Victoria. She has stated that coming from a working-class background has shaped her identity in a positive way.
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