From The Vault: Nelly Furtado – ‘Maneater’

Published: Sunday 18th Nov 2018 by Joe

Nelly Furtado impacted the scene with a brand of Pop-Folk that made her a critic’s darling. However, 2006 saw the Canadian star drive in an altogether edgier direction. And this week’s From The Vault we celebrates the one of the ripest fruits of that venture. Today’s pick is  ‘Maneater.’

Issued as the second single from Furtado’s third album ‘Loose,’ the track was written by the songbird and produced by Timbaland alongside Danja and Jim Beanz. A combination that defined the majority of the album.

Though not the Stateside chart smash its predecessor ‘Promiscuous’ was, ‘Maneater’ was a Top 20 US single, peaking at #16.

Internationally it fared better; in Canada is charted at #5 and was a chart topper in the UK.


Anthony Mandler directed the song’s moody visual which showcased an underground dance party of which Nelly is the center of attention.

The singer was nominated for Female Artist Of The Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards on the merit of this visual as well as that of  ‘Say It Right,’ its successor.


12 years! Time sure flies. All at once, it feels like no time has passed and, yet reflecting on all that’s happened since then, it’s clear so much time has passed.

For a brief moment the Pop landscape was dominated by Miss Furtado. And yet, for as intense the ‘Loose’ era was, Nelly never returned to even half that level of success and acclaim.

She’s made a few soft attempts at a comeback, but if she were ever make a real swing of the bat a la one time rivals  Fergie and Gwen Stefani, let’s hope she learns from their mistakes and hits the world with a fresh new sound that blends the best of what the current climate has to offer and her own very unique style.

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  1. Kerry Johnson November 18, 2018

    I miss her, promiscuous was my s***???. I agree she needs to come back with another English album. Her & Fergie were killing it back then.

    • MusicLife November 19, 2018

      They were and also add Gwen Stefani in the mix!

  2. JohnnyBlaze82 November 18, 2018

    Nelly Furtado’s album “Loose” had endless bops on it…..even the tracks that weren’t produced by Timbaland were bops too. It’s like she came outta nowhere with that killer album cause the one prior was more folk like music. Loose is a pop music classic! masterpiece!!!

  3. #TheTruth November 19, 2018

    She’s released 2 English albums since then.
    The Spirit Indestructible is a great album as well, so underrated.

  4. SayitRight November 19, 2018

    She is Independent now and released a very good album last year without anyone really noticing. And as much as I respect that decision, I still hope to see a major commercial comeback of hers. She is way too talented and unique to be ignored by the general public.

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