Nelly Furtado has turned off the light on pop music — at least for the moment. On her third album, “Loose,” due this week via Geffen, she makes a concerted effort to get jiggy. “For a long time I kind of denied my R&B and hip-hop roots,” the Canadian singer/songwriter says. “All that rap and R&B I listened to as a kid made an impression on me; I used to write R&B songs in my bedroom that sounded like Mariah Carey songs. Now I’m tapping into that again, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know I could go back there.’ It feels so good.”
Rick Nowels produced “In God’s Hands,” which Furtado says is “as far as I was willing to go in terms of pop right now,” while Lester Mendez helmed the English and Spanish versions of “Te Busque,” a duet with Latin pop superstar Juanes.
And in a change of creative course, Furtado let another writer — Virginia-based MC Attitude — compose most of the lyrics for the new album’s sexy first single, “Promiscuous.”
“I think now I have more separation between what I do as a songwriter and what I do as an artist,” says Furtado, who duets with producer Timbaland on the smash hit “Promiscuous.” “If a song doesn’t reflect what I’m going through right now, then why should I sing it?”