"Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" (3:54)
Producer: Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
Writers: N. Furtado, R. Jerkins
Publishers: Nelstar Publishing/Sony-ATV (BMI)
Interscope/Mosley Music Group
It's been a while since pop fans have gotten the full Nelly Furtado experience. Other than guest spots on tracks like K'naan's "Is Anybody Out There?," the Canadian singer/songwriter hasn't released anything since 2009's "Mi Plan," her debut Spanish-language album. Fortunately, Furtado is back and better (not to mention, bigger) than ever. The first single off her upcoming fifth studio album, "The Spirit Indestructible," is "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)," easily in the running to be one of the best summer club anthems of the year: Beginning with Furtado suggestively chanting "the bigger the better," the song is driven by its infectious, pulsating bass. Furtado delivers lines like "Tonight is the jam/I'll be there 'til dawn/I'm going down/I've got my big hoops on" with ease, and the chorus, "I can go places nobody else goes," is oddly empowering. It's been six years since "Promiscuous" and "Maneater" elevated Furtado to a new level of stardom, but if this song doesn't roll out the carpet for her comeback, nothing will.