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Nelly Furtado Discusses Her Decline / Says Music Is A “Hobby”

 Nelly Furtado Discusses Her Decline / Says Music Is A Hobby

As flop albums go, Nelly Furtado is re-writing the “rule book”.

For, despite her latest LP selling just 6000 copies first week in the US last year, the Canadian star is pressing on with promotion. A commendable decision, yet one which is seeing her confronted with blunt questions about her commercial relevancy – to her face.

One such instance is a new interview with Gig City, who quizzed ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ singer on “why she’s not famous any more”.

What did the 34 year old say in response? Her answer awaits after the jump…

“That’s the price you pay for being passionate about music and refusing to believe it’s your job all these years. It’s just still seeing it as a hobby. My poor manager. He’s suffered many grey hairs because of it. I’m just really hard headed and I just do what I want to do. Some people come along, some people don’t. I’ve made my hobby into a career, but sometimes I still look at it as a hobby so I don’t always make the best quote unquote career choices. But I enjoy it every step of the way, which I think is the most important thing.” {Source}

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While Nelly’s commitment to her craft is commendable, she seems to have difficulty balancing her artistry and facing reality.

Put simply, should be aiming for middle ground. Hence, her words do not sound like someone who truly understands the industry she’s been in for nearly 15 years years, nor what it takes to enjoy longevity at the top within it (i.e. compromise).

For, she can be as “creatively honest or erratic” as she pleases, yet, if she sells no records with her “hobby” then she gets dropped. In such an instance, where will the funds to work with hit producers come from? Or the corporate muscle, which once flexed gets one’s songs on radio and ultimately to the people that need to hear it to even consider attending your tour?

Both of Furtado’s last albums were helmed by the industry’s most sought-after producers (Timbaland and Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins). As such, this self-propagated suggestion that she’s some sort “Indie-Major” hybrid seems more a case of retro-fitting in the wake of a colossal flop.

Here’s wishing her better fortunes next go round.

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31 Comments

  • January 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    PSA (FAF) says:
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    Girl, stop doing interviews & get back in the studio! And Next time release something without a simple phrase as the chorus! “Dabiggadabettadabiggadabetta!” WDF

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    Cookie - Rihanna - Toni Braxton Replied:

    Hahahahahahahha LOL!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    HOWYOULIKEIT says:
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    A flop is a flop.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    HOTSTUFF says:
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    LOL Nelly baby stop finding excuses ! it’s a flop, well it’s a flop ( a hot shameful ass one tbh) ! #DEAL

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm
    Music Soul Harmony says:
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    Oh well. I will still support her as an indie artist as long as the music is good.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    Cream says:
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    Her ego so big for a flop #b**** sit down

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    HoneychildPlease says:
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    I suppose this will be beyonce excuse soon…

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    Jay Replied:

    Oh

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    HoneychildPlease says:
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    I suppose this will be beyonce excuse soon. 2011 was the year bitches was exposed and flopped,d 2012 was a year bitches disappeared because of the flop, and 2013 will be the year bitches claim music as a hobbies….

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    HoneychildPlease says:
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    *Waits for Beyonce’s children to appear*

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    HoneychildPlease.((BEYONCE's Childern aka the hive are crazy Durlick)))) says:

  • January 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    HoneychildPlease.((BEYONCE's Childern aka the hive are crazy Durlicks)))) says:

  • January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Dale says:
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    TGJ i disagree with your point. If she’s treating it as a hobby on an indie or major label it makes no difference as she’s making the music she likes instead of following a trend, she really needs to go indie if she loses her record deal.
    Timberland and Rodney Jerkings are no longer sought after in the industry, both haven’t had major hits in ages and artist tend to use them for album fillers

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Cream says:
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    Damn 5 comments about Beyonce? Bitches pressed about that Super Bowl and new single much?

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    JuanR Replied:

    True that!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    :) says:
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    this magazine should ask Ciara the same question

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    Together Again (Beyonce's Weave) says:
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    Nelly gurl, just stop making s*** up. A simple “no comment” will suffice.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Monstarebel (f** Boy ) says:
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    F-L-O-P!!!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    denise says:
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    Why you all hatin? When artist don’t have big sales you call them flops and rag on them so hard, but Nelly actually addresses the situation with some truth and still gets grief. The media has y’all fooled because look at all the artist who had #1 albums of late Pink and Rihanna for the first time in their careers in the US so they were flops until then? Music has changed and not in a good way. People are happy with simple phrased repetitive generic that talk about materialism. Great music has been pushed to the background for what? A bunch of naked shiny chicks selling their a $$ and men who encourage them to do it. Charts and sales are meaningless. The media can’t tell me who I should listen to!

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    CHUDDS Replied:

    No. Pink & Rihanna sold millions WITHOUT the aid of a #1 album. Having a #1 album means nothing if it doesn’t sell in the long run. :)

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    Monstarebel (f** Boy) says:
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    i pray n hope fergie doesn’t flop like this omg

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    OMG Just Google Kelsnetwork and happens to Nicki Minaj! says:
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    so sad that she floped harder than my fave Michelle Williams

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    VANNY says:
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    *smacks forehead* this b**** right hea!!! if the album would of sold millions she would not be saying stupid s*** like this!!! but because it sold 6000 now the b**** wanna say its just a hobby?? f*** outta hea!!! i hate when artist have excuses and stupid explanations for them flopping harder than flip flops i just cant!!! have several seats nelly!!! BYE!!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    QUEEN MINAJ says:
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    WHERE IS KREAYSHAWN SHE SOLD 3,900 FIRST WEEK LMAOO

    And I’ll say bride of Chucky is Child’s play
    Just killed another career it’s a mild day
    Besides ‘Ye they can’t stand besides me

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    Nahjee Replied:

    People seem to forgot about kreayshawn now.. Kreayshawn is name of of the biggest flop in HISTORY! Blog sites seem to have wrote her off as a gimmick. All kreayshawn is doing now is tweeting 24/7 & playing wii U just check out her twitter she sounds soooo bored of herself

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  • January 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    HoneychildPlease.((BEYONCE's Childern aka the hive are crazy Durlicks)))) says:
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    Beyonce reminds me of Lance Armstrong.

    She will eventually go talk to Oprah about The Big Lie.

    And just like Lance, she’ll tell a heartbreaking story and will be forgiven.

    Oprah is waiting, patiently.

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    CHUDDS Replied:

    I don’t know. Oprah doesn’t allow her interviewees to come in with a list of “off-limits questions”. When you take a seat on Auntie O’s couch, NO question will go unanswered. She said so herself. We all know that Beyonce wouldn’t be up for that. :( Sigh….I can only wish.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    Poor girl, she’s so talented and her music is so good.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    Queen Brit Brit says:
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    That album deserved to flop. It was terrible

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  • January 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    Common Sense says:
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    Oh Nelly poor poor Nelly. I love you, but stop digging that hole it’s getting too deep. Just move on to your next project.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 2:01 am
    Tanyncgen says:
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    The next time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as significantly as this one. I mean, I know it was my option to read, but I actually thought youd have something intriguing to say. All I hear is actually a bunch of whining about some thing that you could fix in the event you werent too busy searching for attention.

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