Whoa, Nelly!

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Whoa, Nelly!
Studio album by Nelly Furtado
Released October 24, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
The Gymnasium, Iguana Studios, McClear Digital Studios (Toronto, Ontario) Can-Am Studio (Tarzana, California) Metalworks Studios (Mississauga, Ontario)
Genre Pop, folk, trip hop, world music
Length 49:10
Label DreamWorks/Jive
Producer Track (Gerald Eaton), Field (Brian West), Nelly Furtado, Jon Levine
Nelly Furtado chronology
Whoa, Nelly!
(2000)
Folklore
(2003)
Singles from Whoa, Nelly!
  1. "I'm Like a Bird"
    Released: October 24, 2000
  2. "Turn Off the Light"
    Released: August 14, 2001
  3. "... On the Radio (Remember the Days)"
    Released: December 3, 2001
  4. "Hey, Man!"
    Released: July 16, 2002
  5. "Trynna Finda Way"
    Released: Autumn 2002

Whoa, Nelly! is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. It was released in North America on October 24, 2000 by DreamWorks Records. It peaked at number twenty-four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and opened to critical acclaim. It produced three international singles: "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn Off the Light" and "...On the Radio (Remember the Days)". "Party's Just Begun (Again)" was a club-only single released exclusively in the U.S. before the album's availability in stores,[1] and it was included on the soundtrack of the 1999 film Brokedown Palace. When "Party's Just Begun (Again)" was released, Furtado's label was unsure about the genre in which to market her. They eventually remixed "Party's Just Begun (Again)" and included it on this album as "Party". The DreamWorks label released "Trynna Finda Way" as the fourth single in Mexico and South America, and "Hey, Man!" as the fourth single in the UK and Germany. The album spent seventy-eight weeks on the Billboard 200. It hit double-platinum status in the U.S. in January 2002.[2] After the release of the album, Furtado headlined the Burn in the Spotlight tour and appeared on Moby's Area:One tour. According to Maclean's magazine, Whoa, Nelly! had sold 6 million copies worldwide and 8 million copies as of 2012. The album also caught the eye of record producer Timbaland, who later signed Furtado to his record label.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[5]
Billboard (favorable)[6]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[7]
Jam! (favorable)[8]
NME (6/10)[9]
Rhapsody (favorable)[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Slant 4.5/5 stars[12]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars[13]

Whoa, Nelly! was well received by critics for its eccentric, yet intriguing instrumentations as well as Furtado's vocals. It currently holds a score of 79 from Metacritic.[14] Slant magazine called it "a delightful and refreshing antidote to the army of 'pop princesses' and rap-metal bands that had taken over popular music at the turn of the millennium."[12] The sound of the album was strongly influenced by musicians who had traversed cultures and "the challenge of making heartfelt, emotional music that's upbeat and hopeful."[15] Stephan Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave a positive review while commenting that "Furtado is a restless vocalist, skitting and scatting with abandon, spitting out rapid repetitions, bending notes, and frequently indulging in melismas."[4] and also stating that "Whoa, Nelly! unfolds as a rewarding, promising debut."[4] Rolling Stone gave Whoa, Nelly! a positive review calling it a "wild-ass pop go-go, filled with songs that pursue adventure yet could still make the hit parades."[11] Q listed Whoa, Nelly! as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[16]

As a result of critical acclaim, this album received 4 nominations at the 2002 Grammy ceremony. The album itself received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while Furtado herself was nominated for Best New Artist, as well as, Song of the Year and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for "I'm Like a Bird", in which she received the latter.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Hey, Man!"   Nelly Furtado Gerald Eaton, Brian West 4:10
2. "Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)"   Furtado Gerald Eaton, Brian West 3:54
3. "Baby Girl"   West, Furtado, Eaton Gerald Eaton, Brian West 3:46
4. "Legend"   West, Furtado, Eaton Gerald Eaton, Brian West 3:35
5. "I'm Like a Bird"   Furtado Gerald Eaton, Brian West, Furtado 4:03
6. "Turn Off the Light"   Furtado Gerald Eaton, Brian West, Furtado 4:36
7. "Trynna Finda Way"   West, Furtado, Eaton Gerald Eaton, Brian West 3:32
8. "Party"   West, Furtado, Eaton Gerald Eaton, Brian West 4:02
9. "Well, Well"   Furtado Nelly Furtado, Jon Levine 2:59
10. "My Love Grows Deeper" (Part 1) West, Furtado, Eaton Gerald Eaton, Brian West 4:21
11. "I Will Make U Cry"   Furtado Gerald Eaton, Brian West 3:59
12. "Scared of You"   Furtado Gerald Eaton, Brian West 6:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Nelly Furtado – Lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Field – guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, micro-synth guitar, pitched-up guitar, scratches, cheeky telecaster
  • Track – tambourine, background vocals, human quica, shakers
  • Kurt Bisquera – drums
  • Lil' Jaz – scratches
  • Johnny "The American" – electric guitar
  • Bob Ludwig – Mastering
  • Rick Waychesko – trumpet, fluglehorn
  • Mike Elizondo – bass, electric and upright bass
  • Victor Rebelo – percussion, berimbau and shakers
  • Camara Kambon – piano
  • James McCollum – guitar, swamp guitar
  • Russ Miller – drums
  • Allan Molnar – vibraphone
  • Brad Haehnel – pepper shaker
  • Roberto Occhipinti – bass
  • Luis Orbegoso – congas and toms
  • Joe "Public" Allen – trumpet
  • Camara Kambon – piano
  • Nuno Cristo – guitarra
  • Alex Rebelo – rhythm guitar
  • Daniel Stone – udu, shakers, woodblocks, triangle
  • Martin Tillmann – cello

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[23] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[24] 37
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[25] 20
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[26] 20
Canadian Albums Chart[27] 2
Danish Albums Chart[28] 18
Dutch Albums Chart[29] 10
Finnish Albums Chart[30] 37
German Albums Chart[31] 14
Italian Albums Chart[32] 14
Mexican Albums Chart 12
New Zealand Albums Chart[33] 5
Norwegian Albums Chart[34] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[35] 15
Swiss Albums Chart[36] 6
UK Albums Chart[37] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[38] 24
Chart (2002) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[39] 46

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales/shipments
U.S. (RIAA) 2x Platinum[40] 2,200,000[41]
Europe (IFPI) 2× Platinum[42] 2,000,000
UK (BPI) 2× Platinum[43] 1,120,000[44]
Canada (CRIA) 4× Platinum[45] 1,000,000
Australia (ARIA) 2x Platinum[46] 140,000
Germany (IFPI) Gold[47] 150,000
Mexico (AMPROFON) Gold[48] 100,000
Brazil Gold[49] 100,000
France Silver[50] 60,000
New Zealand (RIANZ) 3× Platinum[51] 45,000
Switzerland (IFPI) Platinum[52] 40,000
Ireland (IRMA) 2× Platinum 30,000
Italy (FIMI) Gold 50,000
Denmark (IFPI) Gold 20,000
Netherlands (NVPI) Gold 40,000
Sweden (IFPI) Gold 30,000
Belgium Gold 35,000
Norway (IFPI) Gold 20,000
Portugal (IFPI) Platinum 20,000
Israel Gold 15,000
Chile Gold 10,000
India (IMI) Gold 10,000
Venezuela Gold[53] 10,000
China Gold 7,500

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Edition
United States[54] October 24, 2000 DreamWorks Records Standard edition
Canada[55] Universal Music Group
United Kingdom[56] March 9, 2001
United States[57] May 20, 2008 Geffen Records Special edition
Canada[58] May 27, 2008 Universal Music Group
Germany[59] May 30, 2008

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