Whoa, Nelly!

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Whoa, Nelly!
Nelly Furtado "Whao, Nelly!"2.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2000
Recorded1999–2000
Studio
Genre
Length47:06
Label
Producer
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

Whoa, Nelly! is the debut studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. It was released in North America on October 24, 2000 by DreamWorks Records. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1999 to 2000. It peaked at number twenty-four on the US 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 US 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 US 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! has sold 5-6 million copies Worldwide as of 2006. The album also caught the eye of record producer Timbaland, who later signed Furtado to his record label.[3][4]

Composition[edit]

Whoa, Nelly combines elements of a large number of genres. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic states that "much of the record sounds like folk-pop tinged with bossa nova" and describes the songs as "blends of pop, folk, dance, and Latin".[5] Billboard notes that "Nelly Furtado sees no reason for separating rock guitars from pop melodies from R&B/hip hop beats from effervescent bossa nova".[6] Other articles on Billboard describe Whoa, Nelly as a trip-pop and worldbeat/rock album.[7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club(favorable)[10]
Billboard(favorable)[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA[11]
Jam!(favorable)[12]
NME6/10[13]
Rhapsody(favorable)[14]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[15]
Slant4.5/5 stars[16]
Yahoo! Music UK8/10 stars[17]

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.[18] 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."[16] 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."[19] Stephen 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."[5] and also stating that "Whoa, Nelly! unfolds as a rewarding, promising debut."[5] 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."[15] Q listed Whoa, Nelly! as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[20]

As a result of critical acclaim, the album received four nominations at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in on 27 February 2002. 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 Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I'm Like a Bird", in which she won the latter.[21]

Commercial performance[edit]

Whoa, Nelly! was commercial success worldwide. It peaked at number two in Canada and received 4× platinum certification in that territory. In United States, it received 2× platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and peaked at number twenty-four on US Billboard 200. It reached top ten positions in the Netherlands and Switzerland, as well as top five in Australia, Norway and New Zealand. It was also certified 3× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) and received platinum certifications in Portugal and Switzerland. It peaked at number twenty in Belgium in both Flanders and Wallonia. In 2002, it peaked at number forty-six in France.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Nelly Furtado, Gerald Eaton and Brian West, except for "Well, Well", which is produced by Furtado and Jon Levine.

Whoa, Nelly! – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hey, Man!"Furtado4:10
2."Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days)"Furtado3:54
3."Baby Girl"
  • Furtado
  • Eaton
  • West
3:46
4."Legend"
  • Furtado
  • Eaton
  • West
3:35
5."I'm Like a Bird"Furtado4:03
6."Turn Off the Light"Furtado4:36
7."Trynna Finda Way"
  • Furtado
  • Eaton
  • West
3:32
8."Party"
  • Furtado
  • Eaton
  • West
4:02
9."Well, Well"Furtado2:59
10."My Love Grows Deeper" (Part 1)
  • Furtado
  • Eaton
  • West
4:21
11."I Will Make U Cry"Furtado3:59
12."Scared of You"Furtado6:09
Total length:47:06

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[27]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[55] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[56] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[57] Gold 25,000^
Germany (BVMI)[58] Gold 150,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[59] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[60] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[62] Gold 25,000*
South Africa (RiSA)[63] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[64] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] 2× Platinum 667,000[4]
United States (RIAA)[67] 2× Platinum 2,470,000[66]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[68] Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide 5-6,000,000[3][4]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, label, editions and reference
Region Date Label Edition(s) Ref
Canada October 24, 2000 Universal Music Standard [69]
United States DreamWorks [70]
Japan November 22, 2000 Universal Music [71]
Asia February 19, 2001 [72]
Australia
Europe [73]
United Kingdom March 9, 2001 [74]
United States May 20, 2008 Geffen Special [75]
Canada May 27, 2008 Universal Music [76]
Europe May 30, 2008 [77]

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