With a sensational string of hits, including the recent "Say It Right" and "Promiscuous Girl," Nelly Furtado has become a pop phenom to be reckoned with. Since teaming up with hip-hop super-producer Timbaland, Furtado is reaching a fan base that frankly didn't care about the waifish Canadian during her last incarnation. Although she's been a lover of hip-hop since her early teens, it's only recently that Furtado began incorporating the rhythms and beats into her music. Her first efforts landed her a spot on the traditionally folk-based Lilith Fair tour, where she played a number of dates with such legends as Beth Orton, Chrissie Hynde, and Sarah McLachlan. She first gained popularity in 2000 with her debut release, Whoa, Nelly!, which featured the Grammy-winning "I'm Like a Bird," followed three years later by the commercial flop Folklore. But it wasn't until the recent release of the hugely successful Loose that she gained new life in the U.S. On this album, named for the free-spirited creativity used in the production process, Furtado experiments with a number of different sounds, including hip-hop and reggaeton. If you're wondering, like we are, how she can pull all of that together on stage, head to Hard Rock and see where Timbaland's production tricks stop and the real Nelly Furtado begins.
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