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'Reinvigorated' Nelly cuts Loose
By Neil Smith
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Chart-topping pop singer Nelly Furtado talks to the BBC News website about her music, career and her hopes for the future.

Nelly Furtado
Born in Victoria in British Columbia, Furtado is of Portuguese descent

Looking out the window of Nelly Furtado's hotel suite in central London, the skies look overcast and gloomy.

From where the diminutive Canadian pop star is sitting, though, the view must look pretty good.

Her third album Loose is her most successful to date and has spawned two hit singles - Maneater, her first UK number one, and Promiscuous, her first number one in the US.

A five-continent tour is planned for early 2007, and earlier this month she was named best pop/rock artist at the World Music Awards.

One imagines that this acclaim and attention must feel all the sweeter given the tepid response her second album, Folklore, received in 2003.

But if Nelly is feeling vindicated or triumphant, she certainly does not show it.

'New perspective'

"It's like any job really; you have up spells and down spells," she tells the BBC News website.

"But every time you come back, you come back stronger, with a new perspective."

Nelly Furtado
She first hit the charts in 2000 with the song I'm Like A Bird
Despite this, Furtado concedes the relative failure of Folklore made her wonder if she was really cut out for the music business.

"My first album [Whoa Nelly, released in 2000] was such a whirlwind, I guess I took all the success I had for granted.

"I think it got me wondering if it was really the career for me - that maybe I should consider doing something different."

Those doubts did not last for long, though, and Furtado was soon back in the studio working with a variety of producers - notably celebrated hip-hop and R&B supremo Timbaland.

"We were kind of waiting for one another," says the singer. "We united at the perfect point in our careers.

"This album has reinvigorated my love of music. It's shown me I should be doing this with my life forever."

Furtado is not kidding either. As far as she is concerned, she is in it for the long haul.

"With age, I think I've grown to love the pop music industry and the industry in general.

Versatile

"I really do see myself still putting out albums when I'm 70 years old, in all different genres."

Having honed her craft not just in her own records but in her collaborations with other artists, Furtado has emerged as one of the most credible and versatile performers of the day.

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland
Furtado credits Timbaland (r) for her third album's "organic" sound
So how does she feel about novices being handed the success she has strived so hard to attain, via TV shows like American Idol and The X Factor?

"On one level it's excellent," she says. "If a talent show had come to my town when I was growing up, I would have jumped at the opportunity to be part of it.

"If that had happened, though, I wouldn't have had all the experiences that have enabled me to grow as an artist.

"I feel for some of the Pop Idols who haven't had that growth period. It's a real challenge to their credibility.

"But in the end it depends on how talented you are. If you're an awesome singer like [first American Idol winner] Kelly Clarkson, you can get over that quite quickly and set your own path."

Nelly Furtado's latest single, All Good Things, is out on 27 November.


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