“The Spirit Indestructible”: Nelly Furtado Talks Low Album Sales

Published: Monday 29th Oct 2012 by David

For Nelly Furtado, the cost her six year long chart  hiatus hit home upon the release of her new LP ‘The Spirit Indestructible’.

Leaving spectators dazed and confused with first week sales failing to hit 7,000 units sold figure, recent weeks have seen Furtado shy away from speaking on the project…until now.

Find out what she had to say on the release below…

Speaking to ‘The Huffington Post‘, she shared:

“I’ve had kind of everything happen to me commercially and at different levels. I’ve had different scenes and I’ve dabbled in a lot of markets so I see the music world as very global and I’m always looking for new avenues and opportunities, so one chart or anything doesn’t necessarily [mean anything.]”

Let’s hope Interscope feel the same way.

Though Furtado is and will always remain a breath of fresh air as far as sound goes, her numbers this time around are too low to warrant an explanation like the one above.

For, while sales around 80 to 100k might be forgiven or overlooked by a label, pulling in 6,000 or so copies may leave some wondering if the album was worth releasing at all- considering the fact it was purchased by next to no one.

The way we see it, the LP’s numbers came as a result of A. her lengthy absence from the scene and B. material that didn’t quick stick in the way she needed it to.

Here’s hoping her next LP delivers a more cohesive sound, and strays away from cuts like ‘Hoops’ and serves more akin to ‘Say It Right’, ‘Manos El Aire’ and the ever moving ‘Powerless‘.

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  1. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!! October 29, 2012

    Taylor Swift’s newest album, RED, is slated to sell between 1.1 million and 1.25 million copies during its debut week

    • BLUE FRESH October 29, 2012

      And next week I will grab a copy for my 7 y.o. sister’s birthday :).

      • Baby J October 29, 2012



    • JOHNVIDAL October 29, 2012

      She doesn´t deserve it. So many ubertalented artists doing 100,000 oe even less and that girl more than a million doesn´t make sense. All my respect to her cos she´s not to blame and she is at least a songwriter. But her music is totally bland, she can´t sing, etc, etc. It´s like a Back Street Boys or Britney´s phenomenon. Huge sales thanks to teens and parents buying it for their kids cos “she is a good girl”… but who the hell takes her really seriously as a real great artist? Nobody. In 10 years she will be another BackStreetBoys (not to mention she is basically an American phenomenon only)

      • FAF October 29, 2012

        Basically she’s saying she dont give a f*** b/c she got money !! GO NELLY !!

      • JOHNVIDAL October 29, 2012

        You did understand I defended Nelly, didn´t you?

      • TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!! October 29, 2012

        Tayor is number 1 in the uk album chart right now. Shes expanding!

      • CBE October 29, 2012

        Taylor swift has joined the cult of the all seeing eye, I dont like using illuminati coz people use that word and they dont what they talking about, the million shes doing is not because of her fans…the establishment is pushing her heavily, I have a link to someone describing her initiation into the occult. I think I came across you, talking about this staff?oh well, anyway just look at Itunes when her album came out! from number 1 to 20, it was filled with Taylor swifts singles!!! like WTF?

      • TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!! October 29, 2012

        This is Taylors 4th album…. each one having a bigger first week sales.
        She’s here to stay! Deal with it.

        Iits not like only one or two or her albums have done well.. Every single one of them has…

        And number 5 will also do great I predict. Red is a really good album

    • CBE October 29, 2012

      Yes everyone worshiping satan makes those numbers! if you are one of her millions of ignorant fans…pay attention when she performs or is about to perform! the number 13 on her arm(find out what it means), watch the VMAs 2012 and see for yourself but I think you wont understand, well you have to understand satanic cult symbols first.# Rant by crazy person over 🙂

      • THE LEGENDARY LAX October 29, 2012

        only people like you would know the Satan moves or numbers n marks and what they do cause your one of them buddy

      • CBE October 29, 2012

        @ Legendary c***

        Of course I have come to expect this from people like you the same individuals who will suffer when these people f*** nations up. Do you think the Music industry is the only thing they control? ha…know your enemy…saying I am one of them because I can identify them is ignorance but yeah I was blind too, if God didnt care about me I wouldnt have come across other people’s articles and research telling me this staff, I try to help you but the worst I can do is call you a c***.

    • CBE October 29, 2012

      RED!!!!!! what does it mean @taylor swift fan???? what does it mean you dumb sheep? has she told you or you just go buy that crap and because shes talented huh! (Im gonna wake some people up today:) ) Taylor swift had good sales before 2009 but after 2009 her profile and sales rocketed like crazy. Do you all know the 2009 Khanye West incident was staged? go back to that video and see taylor wearing a white dress(which represents innocence), Taylor was undergoing a test and she passed…beyonce and Khanye knew this because they are part of the illuminati. Now the following Awards taylor wore a RED DRESS(initiation into occult) and beyonce was with her up there when she won and guess what beyonce wore a red dress too, now what Taylor Album again? oh RED! what could it mean? 🙂

      • TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!! October 29, 2012

        @CBE. Red is just her album name. I think you’re a mad person. No offence.

        Your obviously looking into something that just isnt there.

        Taylors second album opened with 592,000 before the Kanye thing… The Kanye thing doesnt make you like her music, so your obviously have to like the music before you buy

      • Really, UGH! October 29, 2012

        WTH!?!? She’s wearing RED because the album is called RED! Ugh, these people kill me I swear! Now all of a sudden the color red is satanic. And anyone who wears it is satanic. Please get a life.

  2. Monster’s Army October 29, 2012

    Hhahahahaa…Interscope golden child is Lady GaGa….RIP wannabes.

    • BLUE FRESH October 29, 2012


      • Baby J October 29, 2012


        2 flop of the year awards go to- Nelly Furtado and Brandy Norwood!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • b****** October 29, 2012

        nelly made 7,000
        brandy made 60,000 you dumbasses

  3. aydan October 29, 2012

    low cuz there is no pitbull ,guetta will.i.am or nicki duet simple as f***

    • Baby J October 29, 2012

      2 flop of the year awards go to- Nelly Furtado and Brandy Norwood!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. nunu October 29, 2012

    i blame her management Team she talented too

    • Baby J October 29, 2012

      FLOPS like her and BRANDY

      are because NOBODY is INTERESTED!!!

      The fans talk s***, but download the music for free.

    • Really, UGH! October 29, 2012

      Don’t blame management! The music was crap! Blame her!

  5. BLUE FRESH October 29, 2012

    I really felt bad for her, TBH. She deserved much more than that.

    • Baby J October 29, 2012

      Nobody is interested in Nelly or Brandy

      FLOP CITY B******!

      • IM A FREE B*TCH October 31, 2012

        Nelly Furtado and Brandy are great and super talented singers. Two Eleven and The Spirit Indestructible are great albums. the music does not suck! and compared to you, now matter how much of a flop they are, they wont be as big a flop as you. i mean aft all, no one even knows you. as Tamar Braxton would say “GET YOUR LIFE”

  6. vanny October 29, 2012

    I hate when these b****** try to find an excuse for low album sales or say that its not really a big deal they are so fast to say albums are not selling the same like back in teh day … just like everybody is saying about brandy …. F*** OUTTA HEA!!! just to give you an idea look at “taylor swift” new album on the course of selling over one million copies in just one week… so what the f*** is ya’ll talking about…. b****** need to stop putting out garbage music and need to start promoting more…. and i dare a m*********** to come for me i got enough heat for any of u b******!!!

    • vanny October 29, 2012

      And just to be clear STOP making this a racial thing BRANDY is black AND NELLY FURTADO is white or mixed or whatever the hell she is…. so there is no excuses there what else u got delusional h**’s?

      • r u for real October 29, 2012

        Taylor swift has had a slow and gradual growth…She has gone from country (big audience) to mainstream and kept her original fanbase aswell. Her newest album is like comparing Nelly F to her peak.

        Nellys problem was not the fact she had been away for a while…look at maneater….that came out of nowhere, and was a huge hit.

        The fact is, this time around her music and image were not good enough. If the music was hot enough and she didnt call her new album ‘spirit indestructible’ (what the hell kind of title is that, anyway?!) she could have easily hit 100k.

      • Baby J October 29, 2012


        ITS PROVEN

        THE F*** WHO CLAIM B IS VOCAL BIBLE, DID NOT BUY HER S***. THEY CAN RAG ON KELLY ROWLAND AND MONICA- Who’s personal flops still outsold 2-11

        Nelly has gotten old and played out- the hiatus was too long

        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • JOHNVIDAL October 29, 2012

      But Taylor is so basic it is almost garbage too. Your argument is invalid. If at least you mention Adele or something… ok. But not Taylor

      • vanny October 29, 2012

        @JOHNVIDAL basic? and she is one of the best selling artist of this decade!! sit cho ugly ass down john.. how is she basic if she can chart on almost all radio stations and even has duets with rappers… as much as i love adele she is way more basic than taylor all her songs sound the same the only reason she gets away with it its because she has an amazing talent… f*** outta hea!!!

      • JOHNVIDAL October 29, 2012

        LOL What a retarded comment!!! Surely a slow kid

      • Really, UGH! October 29, 2012

        You say basic, but she’s selling millions in the first week. KYS

  7. Juize October 29, 2012

    There are some good songs on the album, but in a lot songs you can hear she tried to copy songs from her old albums.

  8. JOHNVIDAL October 29, 2012

    Poor girl!
    Well her Spanish album didn´t do that bad 2 or 3 years ago

  9. tits mcgee October 29, 2012

    It’s called karma! God don’t like ugly.

    I remember her, on timbaland song where Justin timberpuss sang about queen Janet ” I see you over there whispering, I look for you on the charts but your just bot there.”

    That’s why

    1) Justin apologized for his b******* and left music for years.

    2) timbaland. Last album TANKED, with about the same numbers.

    3) nelly fritata got scalped too!

    Next time watch what you cosign with! Queen Janet never flopped compared to these flops!

    LMAO @ 6,000 copies. #poordat!

  10. Casual October 29, 2012

    Her album flopped b/c it should have never been released w/o a hit single to pave the way. It should have been postponed until she had an actual hit to generate interest in the album.

  11. MusicManica 85 October 29, 2012

    Honestly she needed this humiliation. Christina learned the hard way, you can’t have your fans waiting every 4 years for an album ro drop. The musica scene and sound changes and you gotta go with the flow. Nelly has not released an album in 6 YEARS…..then she wanna come withs ome wack ass HOOPS?! No thank you ma’am, me no want none!!

    But she is a great talent.

    • THE LEGENDARY LAX October 29, 2012


  12. MC October 29, 2012

    Poor Nelly. I feel bad for her. She was gone for too long and very few people even knew her newest album was being released. She needs a better team an better material. 6,000 copies first week? So sad.

  13. DOSSOME October 29, 2012

    To those saying Nelly should stop making excuses,what exactly do you want her to say?She flopped,she acknowledged it and she’s moving on,whats yo problem?& what has this got to do with Brandy or Taylor Swift?I swear people here surprise me.

  14. ADC143 October 29, 2012

    Basically her own fault for waiting so long to follow up. If her last album came out in ’06, then she should have had a followup to it out no later than ’09. She let the whole music scene change on her and most of her casual fans moved on. Artists kill me thinking they can take long breaks and come back to the same adoring public. There shouldn’t be longer than a 2 year gap from the last single from your last album to the first single from your next.

  15. NYLA October 29, 2012

    Brandy is an R&B artist with nowhere near the exposure of Nelly, Taylor or any of these pop chicks. So in all honesty, her first week sells are actually good. R&B acts are not going multi platinum anymore. She sold 70,000 units with little to no record label support and a song that came out 4 months ago. Nelly had similar circumstances and she only sold 7,000. The major difference is brandy promoted her project all over 2 weeks ago. Nelly let her album flop. Nelly didn’t even try.

  16. nickalus Randle October 29, 2012

    whats sad is the cd is actually really good….

  17. Umm October 29, 2012

    she released her album to quick with no promo look how long it took for big hoops video to come out and i don’t think it was even played on MTV. Another problem is it seems like you can’t get new songs (that aren’t dance or an indie sound) to play on pop radio like they used to and to this generation it’s only worth buying if they have a song that is charted high.

  18. lala October 30, 2012

    I could not find the actuall cd in stores for two weeks. I think distribution f..ed up

    • IM A FREE B*TCH October 31, 2012

      exactly! The Spirit Indestructible only arrived into my local CD store a week after the launch date of the CD!

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