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Mi Plan
Studio album by Nelly Furtado
Released September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11)
Genre Latin pop
Length 43:42
Label Universal Music Latino
Producer Nelly Furtado, James Bryan, Brian West, Lester Méndez, Salaam Remi, Julieta Venegas, The Demolition Crew
Nelly Furtado chronology
Mi Plan
Singles from Mi Plan
  1. "Manos al Aire"
    Released: June 29, 2009 (2009-06-29)
  2. "Más"
    Released: December 18, 2009 (2009-12-18)
  3. "Bajo Otra Luz"
    Released: June 15, 2010 (2010-06-15)

Mi Plan is the fourth studio album by Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado, released on September 11, 2009 by Universal Music Latino. Furtado had began writing and producing the album with guitarist James Bryan. She also had worked with Lester Méndez, Salaam Remi and The Demolition Crew.

The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who commended the musical content and Furtado's vocal performance. The album had reached commercial success in North America, as well as many countries in Europe. In the United States, the album debuted at number-one on the US Billboard Latin album chart and peaked within the top 10 in a few other countries.

Background and production[edit]

After Furtado finished touring and promoting her album, Loose (2006), she took time off to spend at home with her daughter, Nevis and husband, Demacio Castellón.[1] During that time, she began writing songs with guitarist and producer James Bryan, who were both reportedly uninspired at the time.[1] In an unfruitful attempt, however, Furtado wrote the lyrics in Portuguese.[2] The two had discussed bringing in another singer to help with the songwriting but did nothing about it for a few months. Bryan later called Furtado, and had mentioned working with Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba.[1] While Furtado and Bryan were in the studio, attempting to write a song entitled, "My Plan", Cuba had stopped in and suggested writing the song in Spanish. After Furtado approved of the idea, he wrote the lyrics in Spanish. After the writing for the title track was completed, the three began "really organically writing songs", according to Furtado.[2]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The album comprises of Latin pop songs and is sung solely in Spanish.[3] The song's lyrics focus thematically on love, and as Furtado put it, "they're really like songs that everybody can relate to about love and life and everyday living, just the things you go through".[4] Furtado had collaborated with Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, who helped her translate lyrics she had written in English into fluent Spanish.[5]

"Más" is a love song, with lyrics that illustrate Furtado as asking her lover for "more".[6] "Suficiente Tiempo", a song produced by hip hop producer Salaam Remi, has influences of 1980s electropop.[7][8] Another track produced by Remi, entitled "Fuerte", has an influence of flamenco music combined with R&B.[7][3]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, Mi Plan simultaneously debuted at number-one on the US Billboard Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums chart on the issue dated October 3, 2009, selling approximately 13,000 copies in its first week.[9][10][11] It debuted at number 39 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming Furtado's fourth consecutive album to peak within the top 40 on the chart.[11] On November 6, 2009, the album was certified a Latin platinum album for selling over 100,000 copies, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[12] According to Nielson SoundScan, it was the highest-selling Latin Pop album in 2009.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on 8 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[13] Leila Cobo, of Billboard, said: "There is nothing contrived about Nelly Furtado's Spanish-language debut" adding that the album has "simple, straightforward songs that appeal to melodic sensibilities rather than rhythmic contraptions".[14]


"Manos al Aire" was released by Universal Music Latino as the album's lead single commercially worldwide in June 29, 2009.[15] It achieved commercial success in the United States, reaching number-one on the the US Billboard Top Latin Songs chart,[16] becoming Furtado's first number-one song on the chart as a lead artist.[17] Furtado also became the first North American artist to reach the top spot on the chart with an originally written Spanish song.[18] The song had also achieve international success, peaking at number two in Italy, Czech Republic and Germany, as well as peaking within the top ten in several other countries.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Manos al Aire"   Nelly Furtado, James Bryan, Alex Cuba Furtado, Bryan 3:29
2. "Más"   Furtado, Lester Méndez, Andrés Recio Méndez 3:31
3. "Mi Plan" (featuring Alex Cuba) Furtado, Bryan, Cuba Furtado, Bryan 4:05
4. "Sueños" (featuring Alejandro Fernández) Furtado, Bryan, Cuba Furtado, Bryan, Brian West 3:10
5. "Bajo Otra Luz" (featuring Julieta Venegas and La Mala Rodríguez) Julieta Venegas, Maria Rodríguez Furtado, Venegas, The Demolition Crew 4:19
6. "Vacación"   Furtado, Méndez, Venegas Méndez 3:43
7. "Suficiente Tiempo"   Furtado, Cuba Salaam Remi 3:03
8. "Fuerte" (featuring Concha Buika) Furtado, Bryan, Cuba Remi 3:24
9. "Silencio" (featuring Josh Groban) Furtado, Méndez, Julio Reyes Copello Méndez 3:34
10. "Como Lluvia" (featuring Juan Luis Guerra) Furtado, Méndez, Juan Luis Guerra Méndez 3:37
11. "Feliz Cumpleaños"   Furtado, Bryan, Cuba Furtado, The Demolition Crew 8:44


Track listing and personnel are adapted from the Mi Plan liner notes.[7]


Guest appearances[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing country, formats, record label, and catalog number
Region Date Format Label Catalog
Italy[44] September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11) CD, digital download Universal Music Latino
Germany[45] Universal Music B002HRF7N4
United States[46] September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15) Universal Music Latino

See also[edit]


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