Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado will be performing her single ‘Parking Lot’ on ‘90210’ this coming Monday (November 12) at 8/7c on CW. The track is from the 33-year-old’s fifth studio album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, out now on Interscope Records. Also making a guest appearance on Monday’s episode is Carmen Electra.
Nelly Furtado called into the K104 Night Show with Michael Bennett recently, where the Canadian pop singer talked about being back at it with a new English album called ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, adopting new looks and sounds from album to album, plans for a book, some of her favorite cities to visit, why Toronto has milk in bags and more.
“I guess this business can be quite tiring with all the touring and all the traveling. After ‘Loose’, I finished my worldwide tour and it was thrilling and also exhausting,” Furtado said about her lengthy pause between English albums. “I’ve been going hard since I was about 21-22, about 10 years, just kind of doing my thing. I just needed a break and I’m a writer first and foremost, just to write songs to connect with my fans and really to live a normal life and just kind of live, you know. So I took a break. I don’t know, I think it’s just my process. I say that after every album.”
On her new looks and sounds from album to album, she said, “I definitely try to evolve as a person. I’m also quite a visual person so the visual side of what I do is important to me. I think it’s just another way to express the music and express the songs. My songs are very personal. It’s just really fun. I love collaborating with the video director, photographers and just coming up with looks for performances and whatever it is.”
Nelly also revealed that a book may be coming soon. “Actually I’m right now planning an interesting addition to my album which will probably come out later than my album. It’s actually a book, ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ the book, in addition to ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ the movie on my web site where I detail and document the process of the album and the inspiration behind the songs… I would like to write a book that goes with the album and features the poetry I’ve written about the songs and some photography and artwork.”
Listen to the interview via Soundcloud below.
Conn Jackson interviewed Nelly Furtado recently, talking with the fellow Canadian about her latest album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, the tracks ‘Circles’ and ‘High Life’, and the time off she took between albums.
On the track ‘Circles’, Nelly said, “It’s produced by this fantastic singer and this great American band called Passion Pit. The singer and me worked on that together. We wrote it together and we produced it, so I love that song. I love indie rock and they’re one of the greatest indie rock bands in America.”
Talking about the fifth album, she said, “It’s a really eclectic album, as usual, and I had a lot of fun making it, writing it. Really, blood, sweat and tears went into it, but the joy is what’s left over. I’m glad people can feel that joy when they listen to it.”
Asked what took so long to put the record together, three years, Furtado responded, “I don’t know. I think I just wanted to live it out. I just had to live it out. I write my songs from a place of… it’s almost like I write about my transgressions, so I had to collect those, you know? The last album I did was ‘Mi Plan’, but that was in Spanish, so it’s been six years since my last English release so I had a lot to say.”
As for whether one of those transgressions inspired ‘High Life’, she said, “When I wrote the song, I thought it was about a typical telling a story about a mid-life crisis, maybe the young man that went to law school because his parents wanted him to go or something like that. Really, I realized it’s about me and on the Loose Tour, I had this one concert where I was completely burned out and I hit the stage in tears, and it just hit me that I needed to slow down a little and take a break. That’s why I took a break after the Loose tour. It’s kind of about the difference between seeing success as some kind of destination, and seeing it as a journey. I think that’s a learned behavior, because we grow up dreaming a lot, don’t we? We don’t realize that your dreams coming true don’t exactly equal happiness per se. Happiness is more about balance and loving yourself, so there’s one.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Nelly Furtado is featured on Walmart Soundcheck in a live set and interview in support of her fifth studio album, ‘The Spirit Indestructible’. The Canadian singer’s live show, from Los Angeles, featured performances of ‘Maneater’, ‘Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)’, ‘Spirit Indestructible’, ‘Turn Off The Light’, ‘Be OK’ and ‘Parking Lot’.
During the interview, Furtado talked about the album being aggressive, how she came up with the title track, having a balance in life, writing all of her lyrics and melodies, some features on the album, learning a lot in the music business over her 12 year run, and more.
On the album, Nelly said, “I’m really, really excited about it because I feel like it has a real adrenaline and energy to it and excitement. There’s a rawness to it. I’d describe it as a friendly punch in the face. It’s not violent, but it’s aggressive, it has a rawness and immediacy to it. The themes are quite positive and quite spiritual and very uplifting.”
On the title track, Nelly said, “It’s one of my favorites. It means a lot to me and I hope it means a lot to the fans that end up listening to it. I make music so people can enjoy it and bring it to their own worlds. I feel like the songs aren’t even mine. They’re mine when I write then and then after I share them they just belong to everybody else. I really make music for people to enjoy and that’s why I make music. ‘Spirit Indestructible’ kind of was the idea for an album title before it became a song. It came from a book I was reading. The phrase really jumped out at me, the spirit indestructible and this idea that we are all indestructible whether you’re talking about today’s times or if you’re talking about history and times when humans have overcome. The song has had many meanings and the meanings continue to evolve. That’s what I like about songs like that. When there’s a real positive love of the message in the music, people really take that and they re-interpret that and it becomes many things for many people and I love that.”
Talking about her personal life, Nelly said, “I think the secret to balance in life is having positive people around you in your personal life and your career. You need to surround yourself with positive people with great energy and you need to be able to determine what kind of energy drags you down and what doesn’t. My family has been amazing. I’ve had really good family around. They’ve managed to really keep me grounded because they’re so real. I come from a very working class background and simple roots. That really helps me.”
On being a veteran in the music business, she said, “I think just having been in this business for about 12 years now, I’ve learned a lot over the years. The first, they say that you have your whole life to write your first album. For me that would have been ‘Whoa Nelly’, which came out in 2000. I feel like I’ve lived a whole other lifetime since then. It’s 2012 and this ‘Spirit Indestructible’ feels like my debut again in a way, probably because it’s really eclectic. The sounds, there’s pop. There’s urban. There’s hip hop, reggae, world music, dance. All in one pop CD. I see myself as a vocal instrumentalist. My instrument is my voice and the different genres I explore are like playgrounds for my voice.”
Nelly Furtado has released pictures from the set of her new music video for ‘Parking Lot’, a track featured on the Canadian pop singer’s upcoming album, ‘The Spirit Indestructible’. The video was directed by Ray Kay, who has done work with Lady Gaga and Beyonce, and was inspired by Nelly’s teen years hanging out in parking lots with friends. The track follows up to album’s first single and title track, ‘Spirit Indestructible’.
Nelly has also posted a video message about how fans can pre-order the album which will include an exclusive bundle on her official site. Copies of ‘Spirit Indestructible’ pre-ordered from Nelly’s online store in physical or digital formats will include a winged, silver charm necklace inscribed with the album’s title. The bundle is available with both the standard and deluxe editions. ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ is also available for pre-order on iTunes.
Nelly Furtado is out with the music video for her new single ‘Spirit Indestructible’. The Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins produced second single is the title track from her upcoming album, due out September 18th on Interscope. The video was shot on beautiful Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, and captures the song’s empowering and spiritual message.
“It’s an ode to the spirit which resides in all of us and triumphs over anything,” Nelly said about the song. “It is inspired by people I have met, and special moments in history that I have read about. Spirituality is one of the underlying themes on the album.” As for the video, Nelly said, “It’s meant to be empowering and it’s meant to be a tribute to all of us. We all have indestructible spirits.”
Watch the video and behind the scenes footage via YouTube below.
Nelly Furtado has teamed up with hip hop legend Nas on the track ‘Something’, the latest to surface from her upcoming album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, which is released September 18th on Interscope Records. The collaboration was produced by Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Fergie), and can be streamed via YouTube below.
Nelly Furtado has just released an alternate, homemade video for her new single ‘Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)’, filmed in a parking lot and featuring skateboarders and colored smoke bombs. The Rodney Jerkins produced club banger is the lead-off single from the Canadian pop singer’s fifth studio album, ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, due September 18th on Interscope.
Nelly Furtado is out with the music video to her new single ‘Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)’, off the Canadian pop singer’s fifth studio album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, due June 19th. The X directed video was shot in downtown Los Angeles and features Nelly on stilts with a performance from World Champion Native American hoop dancers.
Nelly Furtado is set to release her fifth studio album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ on June 19th via Interscope Records. The Canadian pop singer co-wrote every track on the album, working with producers that include Rodney Jerkins, Bob Rock and John Shanks.
“I began writing these songs around the time I released my Spanish album Mi Plan,” Furtado explained. “I was in a great headspace, feeling refreshed and ready to really deliver in English again. This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy, and the relentlessness of the spirit. I want people to live this music the way we did when we wrote it. I want them to jump, dance, scream, laugh, cry, love and vibe to it, and to turn it up very loud everywhere.”
‘The Spirit Indestructible’ Tracklist:
1. Spirit Indestructible
2. Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)
3. High Life feat. Ace Primo
4. Parking Lot
5. Something feat. Nas
6. Bucket List
7. The Most Beautiful Thing feat. Sara Tavares
8. Waiting For the Night
12. Believers |
13. Hold Up
14. End of the World
15. Don’t Leave Me
16. Be OK feat. Dylan Murray
17. Thoughts feat. The Kenyan Boys Choir
18. Thoughts (Tiesto Remix)