Loose is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. It was released in North America on June 20, 2006 by Geffen Records. Timbaland and his then-protégé Danja produced the bulk of the album, which incorporates influences of dance, R&B and hip hop. The album explores the theme of female sexuality and has been described as introspective or even sad in parts.
The album received criticism because of the sexual image Furtado adopted for the recording, as some critics felt it was a ploy to sell more records. Further controversy rose over accusations of plagiarism on Timbaland's part when recordings were leaked onto YouTube. The record was seen generally as critically and commercially successful. It reached high positions on charts across the world, and according to an August 2009 press release, it had sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album of 2006-2007 and the twenty-second best-selling album of the 2000s.
The album was heavily promoted, released in several editions and supported by the Get Loose Tour, which is the subject of the concert DVD Loose: The Concert. Eight singles were released from the album, including the US number-one singles "Promiscuous" and "Say It Right", which received Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, respectively. Other standout singles include the UK number-one single "Maneater" and the successful song "All Good Things (Come to an End)".
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Making a spectacular comeback with the grinding bassline of "Maneater", Nelly Furtado has ditched the dreary folk pop she's most famous for. Instead Loose takes lessons from the Stefani school of hip-pop, adding more class and sparkle from the infallible Timberland. The producer even takes a turn on the tracks himself, rapping on sleazy ass-shaker "Promiscuous Girl" and drumming on Spanish reggaeton "No Hay Igual".
The girl-next-door still resonates though with the Spanish guitar of mixed language "Te BusquÃ©", featuring Colombian superstar Juanes, which conjures up imaginations of romantic sunsets. "All Good Things" sees the Portuguese Chanteuse in a Madge-like brooding campfire sing-along.
With equal measures of nice and nasty girl Nel, haters of "I'm Like A Bird" should perhaps give her another chance. With Loose, she's certainly earned it.
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