Powered by the success of her current single, "Say It Right," Nelly Furtado's platinum album "Loose" has returned to the Billboard Top 200 Album chart with a strong #7 position. The album debuted at #1 when it was released June 20, 2006. Furtado, currently on a headlining tour of Europe, to be followed by a concert swing across her native Canada, has also been dominating the top positions on International single and album charts. Her dream of being a "global" artist has been confirmed with "Loose." Furtado has brought home platinum and gold awards in 25 countries. To date, the album has earned quadruple platinum in Canada, double platinum in Germany, Ireland, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, plus platinum in Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. It has also scored gold in Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, India, Mexico and South Africa. Nelly, nominated for five Juno Awards this year, is also hosting the CTV-televised event, being held April 1 in Saskatoon, Canada. (She won four Junos with her debut album, "Whoa, Nelly!" and one with her sophomore release, "Folklore.") Furtado recently took the trophy for Best International Female Artist at the Brit Awards in the U.K. Feb. 16 She was nominated this year for a Grammy for the lead track from her album, "Promiscuous" and presented the first televised award at the 49th annual ceremonies last month. Furtado was also nominated for four Grammys for her debut album, taking home the trophy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I'm Like a Bird." In addition to her commitment to music, Nelly has been making forays into the acting realm -- from playing herself on ABC's "One Life to Live," to her primetime acting debut portraying a shoplifter on CBS's "CSI:NY" (which earned a 9.6 rating). "Loose" has spawned three hit tracks to date in the States: "Promiscuous," "Maneater" and now "Say It Right." Her next track waiting in the wings to follow "Say It Right" in the States will be "All Good Things (Come to an End)" -- already a hit in Europe. Well known for her diverse collaborations, Nelly co-wrote the song with Chris Martin of Coldplay. Nelly's live concerts, much praised in Europe, are slated hit the States this summer.
International superstar Nelly Furtado will bring her Get Loose Tour to the United States for 17 concerts, starting May 30 in Hollywood, Fla., close by where she recorded most of her five-million-selling hit album "Loose." The Get Loose Tour started in Europe with 23 shows over five weeks. The next leg crossed her native Canada, starting in Victoria, B.C. where the mayor's office proclaimed March 21 as Nelly Furtado Day. ("Loose" garnered the Victoria-born, Toronto-based Furtado the biggest-selling album in Canada for 2006.) Furtado will be backed by four dancers and her six-piece band, including Toronto rapper Saukrates on percussion who also fills in for "Loose" producer Timbaland, from whistling on "All Good Things (Come to an End)," to rapping on the duo's monster hit, "Promiscuous." Saukrates will also double as the opening act. "For the last eight years I've never really traveled with a full production of lights, visuals and dancers -- and this tour I've got all of it," the 28-year-old singer enthused to Sun Media in Victoria. "I've spent eight years building my musicality so that now I can rely on that, but then I also have a great backup up there with all the production, which is a treat for me. "The show is inspired by Miami. There are palm trees on the set, white palm trees and a white stage, and it's got a little bit of drama to it. I think the show's a little more sensual or sophisticated, but I keep the primary focus on the songs." "Loose" debuted at #1 when it was released June 20, 2006 and has spawned four worldwide hit singles: "Promiscuous," "Maneater," "Say It Right," "All Good Things (Come to an End)," with "In God's Hands" waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight. "Loose" has been awarded platinum and gold sales in 28 countries so far. Get Loose U.S. Tour dates are: May 30 -- Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino May 31 -- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live June 1 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre June 3 -- Portsmouth, VA @ Ntelos Pavilion June 4 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouris Center June 5 -- Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena June 7 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden June 8 -- Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center June 9 -- Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City June 11 -- Detroit, MI @ Detroit Opera House June 12 -- Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre June 13 -- St. Paul, MN @ Excel Energy June 15 -- Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium June 17 -- Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre June 19 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre June 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre June 21 -- Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre For tour details, check out http://www.nellyfurtado.com
Nelly Furtado has defended her decision to drop pop and move into the R&B arena.
Nelly Furtado was the highlight of the night at Canada's 2007 Juno Awards this weekend where she hosted and performed a cameo of her 3 hit songs (as well as one of her up-coming hits) and took home every award she was nominated for. The awards show opened with Furtado, dressed in a black tutu adorned with feathers, floating down from the ceiling to the stage in a nod to her 2001 breakthrough hit "I'm Like a Bird." She made several costume changes during the evening and had a chance to show her sillier side during a few skits. Furtado won album of the year for "Loose", song of the year for "Promiscuous" and the JUNO fan choice award, in addition to the artist of the year and pop album of the year she won the night before. A total of seven awards were presented during the two-hour CTV telecast from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The majority of the awards — similar to the Grammys in the United States — were handed out during a gala dinner on Saturday night. Jacksoul won R&B/soul recording of the year for "mySOUL."
Global sales of Nelly Furtado's third album, LOOSE, have passed 6.1 million and counting. No other female recording artist has achieved this level of sales during the past year, according to Universal Music Group. Additionally, LOOSE has racked up 7.4 million digital singles sales worldwide and 4.4 million in ringtones This week LOOSE will celebrate it's 60th continuous week on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, where it debuted at #1 after being released June 20, 2006. The album also recently returned to #1 for the second time on Billboard's European Top 100 Album chart where it is currently at #2. LOOSE has been certified gold in 31 countries and platinum in 23 countries worldwide. Furtado has been nominated for Female Artist of the Year honors at MTV's Video Music Awards, airing live on September 9 from Las Vegas. She is also nominated for the Teen Choice Award of Choice Music: Female Artist. Plus, she is included in Choice Music: Single nomination for "Give It To Me," by Timbaland featuring Nelly and Justin Timberlake. Teen Choice airs live on Fox Network Sunday August 26. Plans are being firmed up for a fall re-release of LOOSE. The re-issue will contain bonus material such as Nelly's cover of Gnarls Barkley's 2006 hit "Crazy," plus "In God's Hands," "All Good Things (Come To An End)," and "Try" from Nelly's sophomore album, FOLKLORE, sung in Spanish.