Nelly Furtado: “My Long-Term Goal Is To Be An Independent Artist”

Published: Friday 4th Jan 2013 by Sam

One has to admire Nelly Furtado.

For, unlike many artists who willfully and skillfully erase any trace of their flop projects, the Canadian native is standing by her latest LP ‘The Spirit Indestructible’. This, despite the set selling just 6,000 copies first week in the US last September.

Having already opened up on the project’s performance (or lack-thereof), the 34 year old offers “interesting” insight on her career plans in the wake of the album’s sales in a new interview with the Times Colonist.

Full story after the jump…

Intriguingly, Furtado revealed that work has already begun on the follow-up to the ironically titled ‘Indestructible’ – stressing that it’ll be her last contractual obligation to current label Interscope.

Having been allowed to release 2009’s Spanish-language LP ‘Mi Plan’ independently on her own label Nelstar (thanks to a clause she insisted feature in her contract), the mother of one added that this is a route she plans to follow with future releases.

Excerpts from her interview below

“The choices I’ve made have helped me for the long term. Now, after this album, I can finally do whatever the heck I want to do. I can do a Portuguese album, or a Brazilian pop album, or another English album. Now I feel like I can truly do what I want to do. A bit of an exhale, I guess you could say.

My long-term goal is to be independent, quite frankly. I got quite spoiled doing Mi Plan, and in the context of my English projects, I’ve had a lot of creative freedom. It’s quite addictive, that creative independence. You start to crave it more and more as you move forward.”



Granted the eclectic nature of Furtado’s sound could lend itself successfully to the Independent model, we reluctantly ask her to have an arena of seats. For, it’s oh so clear that she’s only spouting such lines due to her album bombing. Cynical sounding, perhaps, but the proof is in the figures.

Indeed, had she even sold 20,000 copies first week, there’d be some semblance of sense in her “independent” ambitions (low production costs, un-polluted sound and a touring focus could net her $$$ aplenty). However, selling 6000 copies with a major label machine and ample promo suggests there’s a bigger problem at hand; a fact which brings to light a prominent issue with the “I’ll just go independent” argument.

For, while going it alone can potentially line ones pockets up handsomely, if the public don’t care about your music, there’ll be no sales and ultimately no dollar-shaped pie to get a bigger slice of.

Food for thought.

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  1. HoneychildPlease January 4, 2013

    Well honey child if you become an independent artist i guess selling 6000 copies next album, won’t be so bad…I mean you can have some cash left over after printing l page album covers, and making beats on cake walk…

    • Monstarebel January 4, 2013

      6000 copies tho???? lol makes ciaras 37k look good kiiii

      • HoneychildPlease January 4, 2013

        Durrrling that’s like the total azealia banks fan base buying her album…SMH such a shame

  2. Monstarebel January 4, 2013

    she’s such a flop…omg!! anyways I can’t wait for FERGIES COMEBACK THIS YEAR!!!

  3. talk that s*** January 4, 2013

    Didn’t she get Grammy on her last independent project? lol Nelly aint the typical pop artist, she has talent.

  4. Flop Cheeta Whora gave Rob an STD from her 20 guys January 4, 2013

    I feel so sorry for her. Un;ike Rita Whora, as she has made money fro her lable. She deserves a chance.

  5. Flop Cheeta Whora gave Rob an STD from her 20 guys January 4, 2013

    Quit tryna shade her f**, at least she has never been out as filthy bisexual w**** like rita whora.

    • Common Sense January 4, 2013

      What’s wrong with bisexuals you bitchy c***?

  6. talk that s*** January 4, 2013

    The Spirit Indestructible Tour

    January 8th Save On Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria

    January 9th Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

    January 12th Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary

    January 14th Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat

    January 15th Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton

    January 17th Odeon Events Centre, Saskatoon

    January 18th MTS Centre, Winnipeg

    January 19th Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

    January 21st National Arts Centre, Ottawa

    January 24th Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronto

    January 26th The Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor, Windsor

    January 28th Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton

    January 29th Centre In The Square, Kitchener

    January 30th Théâtre St-Denis, Montreal

    March 3, 2013 Berlin Germany Huxleys Neue Welt
    March 5, 2013 Cologne Theater am Tanzbrunnen
    March 6, 2013 Hamburg Große Freiheit 36
    March 7, 2013 Munich Kesselhaus
    March 8, 2013 Vienna Austria Gasometer
    March 11, 2013 Neu-Isenburg Germany Hugenottenhalle
    March 13, 2013 Milan Italy Alcatraz
    March 14, 2013 Ljubljana Slovenia Hala Tivoli
    March 15, 2013 Crans-Montana

  7. Aaron January 4, 2013

    O_O 6000?

  8. HoneychildPlease January 4, 2013

    Just when ciara set a record for lowest selling album of all time, here comes nelly taking it away…

    • QUEEN MINAJ January 5, 2013


      • ENOUGH ONIKA (0 GRAMMY NOMS…) January 5, 2013

        oh my…..

  9. talk that s*** January 4, 2013

    When was Ciara last tour?!! LMAO STOP.

    • Likica January 5, 2013

      True, Nelly is very popular in Europe especially in German speaking countries. Cedric could never 😉

  10. Queen of Disco (Beyonce’s Weave) January 4, 2013

    AKA “My label will be dropping me soon”.

  11. Cream January 4, 2013

    6000? I fell sory for this b**** life this is sad this not even funny y’all stop it. @Queen of Disco the B**** in you’re pic is ugly

  12. King B>Rihanna January 4, 2013

    I still like the album so I could give two f**** that it flop.But Nelly stop making excuses just say it flop or my label is dropping nothing is wrong in admitting it GURL.

  13. NAVI January 4, 2013

    well you’re selling like an independent artist so you’re off on a good start lol

  14. SLAYRIAH CAREY January 4, 2013

    OMG, 6000 COPIES FIRST WEEK. I really like her but those numbers are NOT cute.

  15. OMG Just Google Kelsnetwork and see what happens! January 4, 2013

    i miss the loose days…

    • King B>Rihanna January 4, 2013

      yes promiscuous was everything

      • Likica January 5, 2013

        Maneater and Say it right >>

      • King B>Rihanna January 5, 2013

        good for you I still prefer promiscuous.

      • Likica January 5, 2013

        Your opinion is s*** 😉

  16. Queen of Disco (Beyonce’s Weave) January 4, 2013


    I am not surprised you do not know who South African Queen of Disco “Lebo Mathosa” is and that can be attributed to the ignorance black people have.

    Black people (most American blacks) are ignorant of any music outside their Beyonce c****** shaking hood rat anthems and your ignorant comment proves it.

    Lebo Mathosa started out in Boom shaka and became one of the most successful female Kwaito artists in South Africa. She has had influence on the South African music scene and was a much more funkier version of Brenda Fassie (I bet you don’t even know who Brenda Fassie is).

    She has gone on tour all over Asia, Europe and some places in the USA as well as many times in South Africa. But then again, you wouldn’t know that.

    • HoneychildPlease January 4, 2013

      Honey child all that grinding, and tidday clapping in that video….no one checking for that washed up middle age act…So what if Americans only like AMERICAN music, b**** we AMERICAN, no one want’s to listen to tribal s***. It’s a matter of preference so deal

      • HoneychildPlease January 4, 2013

        Yeah i’m black, but b**** i aint from AFRICA! Just because i’m black i should listen to that jungle jungle s***??? please child

      • Queen of Disco (Beyonce’s Weave) January 4, 2013

        Great way to insult a deceased woman.

        **looks at you with pity**

        It wouldn’t hurt to be open to different cultures every now and then, plus “grinding, and tidday clapping” = Beyonce, just saying.

      • HoneychildPlease January 4, 2013

        Who care’s if she dead!! Is that suppose to stop me from speaking my truth??? Child please…i understand about being open minded but some people just want like either way

      • Flop Cheeta Whora gave Rob an STD from her 20 guys January 5, 2013


        You are inssulting a dead woman. Well don’t expect the world to care when American black n***** like Trayvon martin get popped.

      • KC January 5, 2013

        Stop being hypocritical @Flop cheeta whora especially when you just wished breast cancer on Beyonce the other day. Idiot. And you guys are always insulting people unneccessarily, dont make it right dead or alive.

  17. Cream January 4, 2013

    Ciara fans don’t get to happy one women flop will do about the same @Queen of the Disco I just said the B**** ugly stay pressed and mad c***

  18. Jay Jay January 4, 2013

    I really don’t want to shade Nelly but 6,000? That’s less than amount of people go to my school

  19. Jay Jay January 4, 2013

    Now we all waits for kreayshawn to say the same thing cause her album flop more than nelly did. 3k the first week.. And now until this day it reach 8k lol I just saw it today

  20. RITANATION January 4, 2013

    I hate how she ain’t telling us the truth:( just tell us the label is dropping you damn! You don’t gotta say you going independent just say you’re a flop & the label don’t want you anymore it’s not that hard.

    • Flop Cheeta Whora gave Rob an STD from her 20 guys January 5, 2013

      I dont know why you are feeling cocky. Nelly has outsold Rita Whora in albums and sales. This will be Rita Whora 2013.

  21. Common Sense January 4, 2013

    Poor Nelly she deserves another chance. Hopefully her label realizes she has the potential to deliver a hit album again.

  22. Nay nay January 4, 2013

    E M BA R R A S I N G !

  23. Monstarebel January 5, 2013

    Azealia banks is currently getting into another fight on Twitter this time with Perez Hilton -______-

  24. Peter G January 5, 2013

    I don’t know if people could hear properly but she sounded like a retarded 9 year old on her last album. She needs to sing like she used to and lose the outdated urban sound. She could still sell so they shouldn’t just drop her, she just needs some repairing! If she goes independent that’s the end fosho!

    • Likica January 5, 2013

      Gurl hush! She sings well and her music is great. I remember your post when you said this b**** sounds so whiney 😛 But no >>>

      • irene46 January 7, 2013

        this is waaay different from her huge hit with tim and even her first projects. i like nelly but this…not so much. hope she gets a chance to make a comeback though.

  25. Ky January 5, 2013

    Doing an album without Timbo… I think that’s what killed this CD. Loose was mostly her and Tim… they made an amazing record TOGETHER! IF she get back with him maybe she’ll see the success she’s looking for

    • ENOUGH ONIKA (0 GRAMMY NOMS…) January 5, 2013

      Timbo struggling himself though….

  26. Sierra January 5, 2013

    Never been a fan of hers :-/

  27. QUEEN MINAJ January 5, 2013


    *RAH RAH*

    • RITANATION January 5, 2013

      That’s what I been trying to telling everybody she the one who needs to get bash hard. But I think TGJ forgot about kreayshawn for some reason he ain’t really done any posts on her in a while. Yea but she really needs to get shade NOT! Nelly

      • QUEEN MINAJ January 5, 2013

        and nelly had 0 promo but anyways nelly just need to get it together and make another hit like
        say it right <3

    • Peter G January 5, 2013

      Because Klayshit never happened. Nelly used to be one of the biggest international artists around, people genuinely care that she flopped.

      • RITANATION January 5, 2013

        You know Peter you said it best! I never thought of it like that.. Yea you right

      • QUEEN MINAJ January 5, 2013

        yeah but when you take a break from the scene you need some buzz before you drop a project

  28. ENOUGH ONIKA (0 GRAMMY NOMS…) January 5, 2013

    Nelly……..6,000 though????? Gospel artists don’t even sell this low and you are backed by a major mainstream label. What in the hell happened??! Now that’s a TRUE flop.

  29. MISHKA January 5, 2013

    Well, Nelly,

    Being an independent artist is a lot of work too. If you’re already a mainstream artist, what’s the point.

    You run a label right? Then start recruiting your clique, signing younger acts, expanding your brand. Keep getting guest start roles on TV, just keep your resume popping.

    BE A JUDGE ON X-FACTOR, THE VOICE OR IDOL whether it would be in the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia or wherever else.

    She has an indie sound but I don’t pictured her as an indie artist. I think she just got lazy.

  30. NickyStar January 5, 2013

    I really feel bad for her. Her work, while not always popular, is usually really creative. I wish her the best of luck in her career.

  31. JER January 5, 2013

    honey you already there

  32. Sleazy January 5, 2013

    34k ciara? More than your parents pay put together half of you work at burger king so Don’t come for nelly Nd cici While you flipping burgers they enjoying the rich life…… Now stfu And get me my order… And to rihanna fans You h** sales are falling watch what you say She’ll end up selling P**** in iceland

  33. Fierce P**** January 5, 2013

    Poor Nelly. I feel bad for her. She’s actually an ecclectic popstar and talented. She’s pretty authentic. I will take her over Lana anyday. Can’t stand that chick.

  34. Fierce P**** January 5, 2013

    Queen of disco: b**** stfu. Don’t act like u don’t have ur fine moments of ignorance on these posts yourself b****. I can’t stand hypocritical b****** like u. Eat rocks h**. African American is the name whites gave us. That don’t mean we are from Africa though. We are not natives of that country therefore do not know all of that country’s history. Whites are hell bent teaching us of European culture in our schools rather than our own culture in a different country. So f*** off.

  35. KC January 5, 2013

    Oh mayun.

  36. irene46 January 5, 2013

    another example of a good artist being trampled by the no singing basic talents (or no talents) the public now prefers. pathetic!

  37. stan January 6, 2013

    oh please, she wouldn’t be saying that if she didn’t flop.

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