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Nelly Furtado talks new album, Mi Plan

Nelly Furtado

Story by Jack Foley

NELLY Furtado has always been an artist who likes to push boundaries and her fourth studio album, Mi Plan (My Plan) is set to do just that.

After selling a whopping 15 million English language albums, Canadian born Nelly (the daughter of Portuguese descendants) has decided to fulfil a dream and release her first ever Spanish language album.

Having learned Spanish at the age of 14, Nelly has loved singing it ever since.

“The world is changing,” she says. “And after 10 years recording in English, I hit a wall. I felt this was the moment to make the dream – of doing an album completely in Spanish.”

She also says that this is a way of giving intensity and identity to her Latin culture and at the same time giving sensations, feelings and rhythms to the non-Spanish speaking world.

“I have always adored performing in both Portuguese and Spanish, which both are Latin languages. I can emote better in a Latin language, so the songs have turned out more personal and intimate.”

Written and co-produced by Nelly, Mi Plan is compiled of 11 songs, and features collaborations with some of the Latin world’s biggest names, including multi Grammy winner Juan Luis Guerra, one of Mexico’s and Latin America’s best selling artists, Alejandro Fernandez; Julieta Venegas, Spanish underground rapper Mala Rodriguez and African/Spanish Flamenco singer Concha Buika.

The first single from the album, Manos Al Aire (Hands In The Air), explores the vulnerability of a person’s feelings when they fall in love.

Others tracks include Mas (More), Bajo Otra Luz (Under Another Light), with Spanish hip-hop wonder La Mala Rodriguez, and Silencio (Silence) with Josh Groban.

Manos Al Aire and Mi Plan are both set for release through Polydor on September 14.