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Tuesday's Connector: Nelly Furtado

October 15th, 2010
02:25 PM ET

Nelly Furtado is one of Canada's biggest pop stars and has sold more than twenty million records globally.

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Furtado first broke onto the music charts in 2000 with her debut single titled "I'm Like a Bird." The song quickly reached number one in Canada and peaked at the number nine spot on the Billboard charts.

She was awarded the 2001 Juno award for single of the year and in 2002 went on to win the Grammy award for best female pop vocal.

Furtado, who was born to Portuguese parents in Victoria, British Columbia took a brief break from the music world to have a daughter named Nevis.

After a second album which didn't have the same success, her third album called "Loose" was released in 2006 and became one of her most popular albums.

Songs like "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "All Good Things Come to an End" and "Say It Right" were all top selling singles.

Last year, Furtado released her Spanish album called "Mi Plan."

Most recently, Furtado was applauded in her home country for her performance during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Andrew Pearlman

    What's that in your ear? A telephone?

    October 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  2. Benjamin

    My question to Nelly furtado:

    when does your album 'Lifestyle' come out?

    We were all so happy when you announced a new album for may 25th of this year, an album that would unite so many styles of your 4 previous albums, and working with so many people like Salaam Remi, Ryan tedder, Passion Pit and Ivete Sangalo, it made our expectations going through the roof. the more we were disappointed when we heard that Lifestyle is not coming out anymore in this year.

    So, when will it come out and why did you delay it so much?

    Greetings, Benjamin

    October 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  3. Ana

    Hi Nelly!
    If you were to explore a different musical genre, which one would it be?

    October 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  4. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Nelly Kim Furtado and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Nelly Kim Furtado on the following questions:

    – What is the Global Connection between Canada and your Spanish album called "Mi Plan" ?

    – How do you Improve the lives of mothers who have children just as you have your daughter Nevis?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010 and 2011?

    I am awaiting Nelly Kim Furtado’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  5. Arman

    Nelly, with which artists are you going to record duets?

    October 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  6. Pinky

    Heyyy Nellita!
    What do you think about your collaborators with singer Cassie Ventura or Lady Gaga? I would die if you do such featuring. And i think that you and gaga will be more than amazing. peace&love your fan Pinky;**

    October 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  7. Kevin Quail

    Never heard of ya. Don't like pop music.

    October 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  8. Adhikar

    Nelly Furtado do you plan to have a full fledged concert in India??

    October 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  9. Adhikar

    When does LifeStyle come out?

    October 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  10. Luis Marques

    My question is : When do you'll make a portuguese CD? Your portuguese and brasilian fans like me, will be proud of you. ( we're always proud of you)

    October 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  11. Ricardo

    When will you launch a new CD? Can you tell us briefly what it will be? [Quando lançarás um novo CD? Podes dizer-nos resumidamente o que será?]
    THK U [OBG]

    October 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  12. Wojtek

    Will You release a song "Never Get Over You?"

    October 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  13. Ernst Junger

    Why would anyone get involved in a goofy(Barenaked Morons) Hocky musical?Canada needs a major makeover.Have you no shame?

    October 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  14. Amadeus Tkocz

    What for 3 Things you need on a lonely Island ?

    What you need for a good day ?

    When comes you to Germany ?

    October 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  15. Linda

    I would like to approve of that possibility to ask my favourite musician one of these two questions I was always wondering about!

    1) Nelly, do you sometimes watch videos of your performances? (maybe for analyzing your way of moving, your voice, ... or just for fun)

    2) Nelly, do have your own singles and longplayers at home and do you listen to them sometimes?

    Please choose one of my questions, it means a lot to me!

    Linda from Germany, currently living in Madrid in Spain

    October 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  16. Darren

    Which other singers you would like to collaborate with?

    October 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  17. Thales Alexandre

    I'd like to ask Ms.Furtado: how is "Lifestyle" gonna be? Pop, Rock, R&B, and if it's gonna stay with the same name.

    October 16, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  18. Juan Perez V. (CHILE)

    Hi Nelly, how are you?.
    well, I wanna know, if are you gonna come back here to Chile?
    I've was so sad because, I didn't go at your "Show" in Mi Plan Tour – Santiago. If you're gonna come back, now I'm gonna go of all ways ,

    blessings, take care,
    bye bye!!

    October 16, 2010 at 3:34 am | Reply
  19. Sunny B.

    Hi Nelly,

    First, just want you to know that I'm a big fan and that your Folklore album stirred my soul. I was 15 when it came out, and it was the album that defined my teenage years. Primarily, it was/is an album that allowed me to listen to my emotional self, and it also taught me to take the time to better understand the story of my immigrant parents.

    Beyond that, Folklore introduced me to your incredible musical career. Whoa, Nelly!, Loose, and Mi Plan have all been amazing albums, and I'm certainly looking forward to The Best Of disc as well as the proposed Lifestyle album.
    Which leads me to my question:

    Now that you are ten years deep in the game, what is the most critical lesson you have learned about yourself from this time? That is, how have you grown since your career took off with Whoa, Nelly?

    Thank you so much for taking the time–it really means a lot to your fans!

    With Love from Chicago,

    October 16, 2010 at 4:03 am | Reply
  20. Jodi

    Hello Nelly : Did James Morrison inspire you as you worked with him at the studio?

    October 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  21. Madihah

    Which arist/artists are you looking to collaborate with in the future?
    and when are you coming to London??
    Uk fans are waiting for you!
    Love you Nelly xo

    October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  22. Fernando Mendoza

    My question to Nelly furtado:

    Creating the Label of Nelstar Records its the first step to finally give ur fans a b-Sides album ? i mean besides of discovering new great artists and sharing them with the world .

    Greetings from México

    October 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  23. Sam

    Is your acting career going to have a big breaktrough? Are you planning to act more, or just keep doin' it as a hobby? 🙂
    Love Sam xxx

    October 17, 2010 at 10:56 am | Reply
  24. Fantasma


    3 Things,I wanna ask u:

    Do you plan to make a portuguese album once? (I wish so much!)

    What's your favourite word?

    What's you favourite singer,now?

    Obrigado, 🙂

    October 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  25. Marc

    I'd like to ask my favourite musician some of these questions:

    – In the past years, you've toured through so many countries.
    Is there a country you associate a certain great memory with?
    – What do you think/feel when you hear your music on the radio?
    – Do you have a favourite artist or song at the moment?
    – Do you search for yourself on Google sometimes?
    – If your artist name wasn’t “Nelly Furtado”, what would it be?
    Have you ever thought about that?
    – Do you carry a lucky charm with you?
    – What’s the craziest thing that one of your fans gave to you?
    – What’s the first thing you do after a concert?

    > Marc from Stuttgart, Germany

    October 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  26. Selly

    Hi Nelly!!
    It's such an honor to have the ability to ask you a question! It means EVERYTHING to me!!!!!!!! I adore you Nelly!!!

    1 Which was your most emotional performance and which was your favourite one? And which one was the worst? (if there is one which I can hardly imagine 🙂 )

    2. Has it ever happened to you that you were absent during a performance of one of your songs? And why?

    3. What’s your most embarrassing experience?

    4. What’s your favourite song and music video – of your own music! And why?

    5. What’s the question paparazzis ask you the most frequently? And which question annoys you the most?

    6. If you could choose one, which animal would you like to be and why?

    >>>>> Selly from Dresden, Germany <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    October 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  27. Selly

    Hi Nelly!!
    It's such an honor to have the ability to ask you a question! It means EVERYTHING to me!!!!!!!! I adore you Nelly!!!

    7. What do you execrate?

    8. When did you get your ears pierced and do you remember your first earrings?

    9. Do you have a special whim/tic you just can’t stop?

    10. Are you a sleepwalker? Do you sometimes talk while you’re sleeping?

    11. Did you name Nevis „snow“ not only because it sounds good in so many languages but also because you love snow & like winter more than summer?

    12. Which clothing size do you have?

    13. What’s your favourite color (and why)?

    14. What was the most beautiful dream you’ve ever had? And what was the most horrible nightmare?

    15. Where did your idea come from to play your own aunt (tia Maria)?

    16. Which of your hair colors did you like the best til now and which ones don’t you like?

    I love you Nelly!!!!

    >>>>> Selly from Dresden, Germany <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    October 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  28. Manas Sharma

    Hi, Nelly! My questions for you are are you going to experiment with a new genre again?
    Is it true that you're gonna release a B-Sides album?
    Are you also going to release a Portuguese Fado album?
    When is Lifestyle coming out?

    Manas Sharma-India

    October 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  29. Paz

    Hi! my question to Nelly is! what s your favourite tv serie?? and tell us how is a normal day in your life? Thanks!! 🙂

    October 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  30. Soledad

    My questions for Nelly are :

    – What s your dream?
    – what s your favourite thing to do with your daughter??
    – Will u come bak to Argentina?

    Love Nelly! 🙂 xoxo

    October 19, 2010 at 12:07 am | Reply
  31. Angelina

    I read on an interview that you like to have some singing lessons by James Morrison.Can you imagine to do a music genre like him?

    btw thanks so much for working with James!!!

    October 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  32. HUDSON

    Nelly ur ma celeb number one,im ur number one fun.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  33. Chidex

    Keep it up dear. God's grace.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
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    November 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  35. M.r.pedro

    Keep it up

    November 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  36. keegan

    hi nelly do u lov 2b singer or are u proud.

    November 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  37. Babadie Bangura

    Hi Nelly!What I want to ask is that:do u have any charity organisation that helps the needy and the poor?

    November 3, 2010 at 1:24 am | Reply

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