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Nelly Furtado Is Biggest Selling Female Recording Artist Of Past Year
Published August 22, 2007
By Paul Dryden

Global sales of Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, have passed 6.1 million and counting. No other female recording artist has achieved this level of sales during the past year, according to Universal Music Group. Loose has been certified gold in 31 countries and platinum in 23 countries worldwide. Additionally, Loose has racked up 7.4 million digital singles sales worldwide and 4.4 million in ringtones.

This week Loose will celebrate its 60th continuous week on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, where it debuted at #1 after being released June 20, 2006. The album also recently returned to #1 for the second time on Billboard's European Top 100 Album chart where it is currently at #2.

Nelly is certainly a self-sufficient recording artist. She can not only write the songs, record and perform them, but now she can successfully direct the supporting video as well. Furtado took her first turn in the director's chair with a sassy video for her new single "Do It." The “Do It” video was inspired by Nelly’s “2007 Get Loose World Tour” and was filmed in Detroit during the USA leg. Her directorial debut featured her posse on the tour, from dancers to bus driver, tour manager to musicians. They utilized hotel rooms at hand and favorite stage gear such as glamorous green ostrich feather fans.

"Nelly Furtado has secured her place as a signature artist at top 40 with a legacy of hits from Loose. ’Do It’ again demonstrates Furtado's striking versatility, with breezy up-tempo rhythmic instrumentation alongside a sensual lyric. Chalk up another top five," Billboard magazine predicted.

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