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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vanidad Magazine (Spain, 2009)

Dice que para ella el gran reto del pop es parecer una mujer “entera” y no unidimensional.Nelly es tímida, sexy, coqueta, súper estrella. Todo a la vez. Aquí habla de pop, pasión, idiomas y de la paradoja de llamar a un disco “Mi plan”, cuando lo importante es no tener ninguno.

Los caminos de la carrera de Nelly Furtado son insondables. Desde su debut, a principios de esta década, su trayectoria ha estado plagada de sorpresas y levantamientos de ceja. Pero nada como lo que tiene entre manos. Porque Nelly acaba de publicar un disco grabado completamente en castellano, sin ser ella nada de eso. Y no un disco dirigido solamente al público latino, sino un lanzamiento internacional en toda regla. Ni rastro de Timbaland y Danja, los productores artífices de su gran blockbuster, “Loose” (2006). En su lugar, multitud de colaboradores conocidos, en el mejor de los casos, sólo en el círculo panhispánico. ¿Qué la habrá llevado a acometer semejante suicidio comercial? ¿Se habrá vuelto loca o habrá sido abducida por Juanes? Veinte escasos minutos de conversación telefónica (nada reprochable: al fin y al cabo, ella sí es una estrella) son suficientes para que nos explique que no ha sido nada de eso. O sí. Cada uno que lo juzgue como quiera.

La entrevista transcurre en inglés, pero Nelly cambia frecuentemente y sin previo aviso a un aceptable castellano aderezado de expresiones portuguesas. Muy aldea global, como siempre le ha gustado a ella. Todo empieza bien porque parece encantada con la sesión de fotos que Vanidad le ha hecho en Miami. “Fue muy bien. La ropa era increíble y hacía muy buen tiempo”. David Roemer, el fotógrafo cuenta que: “Ella es súper divertida, imparable. Muy cercana, a pesar de ser una súper estrella. Y lo demostró totalmente: su representante nos dijo que le podíamos hacer, como mucho, dos fotografías. Pero ella se involucró totalmente en la sesión y se quedó mucho más tiempo”. Christopher Campbell, el estilista de la sesión, sigue: “Nelly tiene un sentido de la moda absolutamente personal. Me sorprendió combinando increíblemente accesorios que jamás pensé que funcionarían juntos, como unas sandalias de tacón altísimo con unos pantalones de piel ajustadísimos de Helmut Lang. Funcionó espectacularmente bien, ella estaba divina y fue su idea. La conversación con Nelly sigue, y la querencia por las palabras “awesome” y “great” hacen dudar de la profundidad de futuras respuestas, pero el temor acaba por desaparecer. Por si alguien lo dudaba, Nelly Furtado no es absurda. Es más, se podría definir como un verdadero encanto.

¿De dónde viene la idea de grabar un álbum entero en castellano?
Viene de una combinación, de una cadena de acontecimientos. Canto en portugués desde pequeña, incluso antes de cantar en inglés. Se podría decir que siempre me he sentido cómoda cantando en lengua latina. Ha sido un camino natural. En los 10 años que llevo grabando discos, el 80% de las canciones estaban interpretadas en inglés y el 20% en idiomas latinos. Supongo que quería equilibrar el balance.

Por Eloi Vázquez.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nelly Furtado | Out Looks Magazine (Canada, 2010)

Forever Young. Nelly Furtado reveals the gay inspiration behind "Night Is Young", the first single from her new best-of retrospective, and speaks out against anti-gay bullying. Read the full interview below!

Greatest hits CDs sometimes come out near the end of an artist's career, but your new single, "Night Is Young", seems to send a message that you've only begun to entertain us. Does it feel like you're just getting starting?
Yeah, it's definitely more of a celebration than a moratorium. I've learned a whole lot through all of my musical experiences and collaborations over the last ten years, and I'm going into the next decade with a new awareness of what I love about making music. My Spanish album reinvigorated my connection with the fans, who were so enthusiastic; so it made me fall in love with the business all over again. It also felt like I broke up with English for a couple of years, so it's almost as though I've gotten back together with an ex-boyfriend and it's better the second time around!

Musically speaking, where does your passion lie today?
I've experimented with all kinds of things; but now I'm comfortable in my own skin, so I'm not afraid to show my true colours-good, bad, and ugly. I never would've put out "Night Is Young" in 2001 because I would've said, "This song's not cool because it's way too catchy". Now I'm like, "Yeah, this song is catchy! Let's put it out!"

"Night Is Young" was co-produced by Salaam Remi and Staybent Krunk-A-Delic. Was it your goal to write a nightlife party anthem?
"Night Is Young" is less about going out to the clubs and more about going out into the world; but it translates so well to a dance floor. "Night Is Young" is actually about my gay best friend, a very successful modern dancer and choreographer, and it came out of a conversation we had. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, and we felt like we had the whole world ahead of us. We were reflecting on our achievements and our struggles - it was really inspiring. He heard the song for the first time when he came by the video shoot. He said, "Finally, a song about me! It's a total gay anthem."

Did you include gay folks in the video?
Are you kidding? We had all kinds of crazy-awesome dancers. The song is about being yourself and feeling good in your skin. I recently performed at a PFLAG event, and it felt so great to sing that song there.

When did you first become aware of your gay following?
When I was touring with Whoa, Nelly! Whenever I would play "Shit On The Radio" I'd see young gay couples holding each other, crying, and just getting very emotional. It hit me that they gravitated to the themes in my music of individuality, identity, and self-expression, so that actually helped define me as a musician. My gay audience has always been a huge inspiration to me. My music is all about letting your flag wave high and proud, no matter what flag is.

In response to the recent rash of gay teen suicides, what's your message for the young men and women dealing with anti-gay bullying?
Nothing makes me more brokenhearted than seeing people who feel they can't be themselves. It's such a crime. God, it's so hard and horrible to be a teenager, and the virtual way young people communicate nowadays makes them feel even more disconnected. My advice is to reach out and find somebody you can relate to, because human interaction can heal those wounds. Growing up in a small town, I felt like an alien with dreams, goals, and no idea how to make it all happen; but finding a kinship with other musicians got me through it. It's important to know that you're not alone.

As a mother, how do you instill values of unbiased love and acceptance in your daughter, Nevis?
You have to start from day one and be vigilant. You have to shield your child from negativity, and correct them when people say things that are incorrect. You have to normalize the reality of the world, because we all come from the same place, and we're all in this together. I'm proud to live in Canada, a country that supports gay marriage, because I can speak openly about it to my child. I don't mean to brag, because I wish it were everybody's scenario.

At seven, she understands what it means to be gay?
Yeah, for sure. Children shouldn't be raised in a bubble. There's nothing wrong with it, so why wouldn't I treat it as normal?

Your Twitter followers can read about other artists who inspire you, like Robyn, Rufus Wainwright and Adam Lambert. Has your daughter turned you on to any teen pop stars like Justin Bieber?
She's been exposed to lots of different styles since she was a baby, so she's into some cool stuff. I play her Janelle Monáe in the car and she really loves it. She hasn't seen the movie; but she also loves the Twilight soundtracks. She does like a few Justin Bieber songs, because, you know, he actually makes pretty good music.

You've caught Bieber fever?
I have found myself swooning over a few of his songs-when no one's looking!

Friday, February 18, 2011

OOPS! Magazine (Russia, 2007)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Nelly Furtado Official Popworld Photocard Collection

2006 Nelly Furtado Popworld Official Collection of 13 Photocards and 2 Instant Photo.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Best Of Nelly Furtado Promo Candle Gift Pack 2010

Promotional Scented Candle Gift Sets produced to promote 'The Best of Nelly Furtado' Album. Contains four different scented candle tins with Nelly Furtado images on each.

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