Parking Lot (song)

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"Parking Lot"
Single by Nelly Furtado
from the album The Spirit Indestructible
Released September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012; California, United States
(2nd Floor Studios)
Genre R&B, electronica
Length 5:25 (main version)
3:50 (radio edit)
3:43 (fast radio edit)
Label Interscope, MMG
Writer(s) Nelly Furtado, Rodney Jerkins
Producer(s) Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
Nelly Furtado singles chronology
"Spirit Indestructible"
"Parking Lot"
"Waiting for the Night"
Music video
"Parking Lot" on YouTube

"Parking Lot" is a song by Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado, taken from her fifth studio album, The Spirit Indestructible (2012). The song was written by Furtado and co-written and produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who also produced her two previous singles "Big Hoops" and "Spirit Indestructible". It was released as the third single from the album on September 17, 2012.

It is an upbeat, mid-tempo R&B song, featuring marching band, strong drums, sing-along chants, and a cowbell in the background. The song received favorable from music critics, with some highlighting it as the best single from the album and commending her half-singing, half-rapping mode and called it a nostalgic track.

The music video was released on September 18, 2012, and it was directed by Ray Kay. The clip sees Furtado serving up funky dance moves with a crew of dancers. Those moves were compared to her 2006-2007 Loose era. It received positive reviews, with critics commending its visuals and her urban attitude.

Background and composition[edit]

"Parking Lot" was written by Nelly Furtado and co-written and produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who also produced the two singles from "The Spirit Indestructible": "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" and "Spirit Indestructible.[1] "Parking Lot" is an upbeat, mid-tempo song[2] featuring marching band, horns and percussion. "Bring your car to the parking lot and ride around till you get a spot, cuz we ain’t doing nothing, no, we ain’t doing nothing," Furtado sings.[2] Furtado’s vocals drifted into sing-rap territory throughout the song: "I’m telling all my friends that it’s pretty casual," she declared at one point.[3] The song's lyrics refer to her teenage years, where she and her friends would meet up in the parking lot of the Victoria, British Columbia 7-Eleven to find out where the parties to go were.[4]

Nelly commented about the song:

"Nostalgia is a huge theme. All my old memories suddenly became crystal clear to me, and I found myself re-visiting my past in a fresh and colourful way, on songs such as 'Parking Lot', produced by Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, where I detail good times in my hometown, sort of like my own take on 'Summer of 69'."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Some critics felt that the song resembles Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl".

The song received favorable reviews from music critics. Robbie Daw of Idolator called it a "boom-boom-clap tune that’s somewhat reminiscent of Gwen Stefani's 'Hollaback Girl', down to the marching band-esque brass sample and overall cheerleader vibe of Nelly’s vocal delivery.[2] Mike Bell of Postmedia News agreed, calling it "the album’s best moment, sounding like a Gwen Stefani-M.I.A mash-up.[5] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine also saw similarities with Gwen Stefani, writing that "it sounds like she's trying to win a bet that she could turn the hook from George Harrison's 'Got My Mind Set on You' into a new Hollaback Girl."[6] Scott Shetler of Pop Crush wrote that the song "has a nice groove punctuated by strong drums, sing-along chants, and possibly even a cowbell in the background. We like it even more than the two official singles we’ve heard so far from the album so far — the title track and ‘Big Hoops.’"[3]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy wrote that "the hypnotic, propelling melody of horns and synths will no doubt draw comparisons to MIA for its off-kilter vocals and bratty attitude as she sheepishly remarks: 'Bring your car to the parking lot and ride all night 'til you get a spot'."[7] Alex Macpherson of Metro UK wrote that "the clattery, percussive rhythms of dancefloor-ready cuts such as Parking Lot harking back to Furtado hits Promiscuous and No Hay Igual."[8] Katherine St Asaph of Popdust was positive, writing that "There’s enough of a particular guitar sound–you know the one, you’ve heard it – that it’s plausible this could actually be a radio hit (something that Furtado, thus far, hasn’t had for her album.) There’s cowbell. There’s some of that half-singing, half-rapping mode she’s particularly good at. And wordless-syllable breakdown/bridge/pre-chorus."[9] The song was placed at #98 on Pop Crush's "Top 100 Songs of 2012", being described as "awesome, riding an inscrutably funky stomp-clap hook, with Nelly playfully serving as head head cheerleader."[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Ray Kay, who has been the mastermind behind clips for Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and more.[11] "This video has some special effects," said Nelly on the L.A. set. "We’re gonna have some really interesting cute creations with headlights. It’s gonna be kinda surreal."[12] The video features a parking lot full of colorful custom Mini Coopers including ones covered in fur, newspapers, animal print, and even Christmas lights. The singer dances on top of the cars and performs some choreographed moves with her dancers against a chain-link fence.[12]

Nadine Cheung of Pop Dust wrote that "While there isn’t much of a storyline to the video, it showcases her writhing new song and highlights its sassy urban inspiration."[11] Sam Lansky of Idolator commented that "the clip sees Furtado serving up the same funky dance moves she showed off during her 2006-2007 Loose era, with a crew of dancers in too. 'Parking Lot' also pretty much gives us everything we could want from a Nelly video: Fast cars, turned-up swag and Furtado wearing animal print."[13]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed on Walmart Soundcheck,[14] Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and also on Live with Kelly and Michael.[15]

  • Digital download EP - The Remixes, Part 1[16][17]
  1. "Parking Lot" (Tiesto Remix) - 4:40
  2. "Parking Lot" (WAWA Remix) - 3:33
  3. "Parking Lot" (Wayne G and LFB Club Mix) - 4:29
  4. "Parking Lot" (Trevor Simpson Remix) - 5:29
  5. "Parking Lot" (Kill Paris Remix) - 6:22
  6. "Parking Lot" (K Drew Remix) - 7:08
  7. "Parking Lot" (Sem Thomasson Remix) - 4:54
  • Digital download EP - The Remixes, Part 2[18]
  1. "Parking Lot" (Stefan Dabruck Club Mix) - 6:44
  2. "Parking Lot" (Fagault & Marina Remix) - 4:21
  3. "Parking Lot" (The Wizard Dancehall Remix) - 3:28
  4. "Parking Lot" (Salva & Kuru Remix) - 4:00
  5. "Parking Lot" (Whiite Remix) - 3:53

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Gaon Singles Chart[19] 64
US (Hot Dance Club Songs)[20] 12
US (Tropical Songs)[20] 23
Venezuela (Record Report)[21] 114


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  2. ^ a b c Daw, Robbie (August 21, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Premieres "Parking Lot" Lyric Video, Unveils Single Cover". Idolator. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Shettler, Scott (July 21, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Performs New Song 'Parking Lot'". Pop Crush. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Shumka, Dave (Dec 12, 2012). "Nelly Furtado on 'Gangnam Style' and Victoria's best parking lot". CBC. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bell, Mike (September 18, 2012). "Album reviews (Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado, G.O.O.D. Music, Kid Koala and Pink)". Postmedia News. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Henderson, Eric (September 17, 2012). "Nelly Furtado: The Spirit Indestructible". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Copsey, Robert (September 18, 2012). "Nelly Furtado: 'Spirit Indestructible' - Album review". Digital Spy. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Macpherson, Alex (September 24, 2012). "Nelly Furtado's Spirit Indestructible doesn't quite take her back to her best". Metro UK. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ St Asaph, Katharine (July 20, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Debuts New Song "Parking Lot" Live". Popdust. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2012, From Taylor Swift to Twin Shadow". Pop Crush. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Cheung, Nadine (September 18, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Drives it Home in New 'Parking Lot' Video". Pop Crush. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b " | | Behind the Video: Nelly Furtado - Parking Lot". Rap-Up. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lansky, Sam (September 18, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Debuts Funky "Parking Lot" Video: Watch". Idolator. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ Alexander, X. (September 28, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Performs ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ Tracks For WalMart SoundCheck". Idolator. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ Williot, Carl (September 13, 2012). "Nelly Furtado Brings "Parking Lot" To ‘Late Night’: Watch". Idolator. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
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  19. ^ "<Nelly Furtado> 에 대한 검색결과 입니다" [Search for <Nelly Furtado>] (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Nelly Furtado Album & Song Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ascensos de la Semana". Record Report (in Spanish). R.R. Digital C.A. 2013-02-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. 

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