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DETROIT — Nelly Furtado and Timbaland hit paydirt — and platinum — with the dance tracks on the Canadian singer’s latest album, “Loose.” Now they’re looking to rock things up a bit.
Furtado tells Billboard.com she and Timbaland are planning to put together a rock band, although she adds that “I don’t think it’d be, like, a real rock band. It’d be more like our version of alternative, so it wouldn’t necessarily be like heavy and guitar-driven. It would be left field, and not necessarily pop.”
Furtado, who launches her 17-date North American Get Loose Tour on May 30, says there’s no timetable yet for the rock project but notes, “Tim’s been really enthusiastic about us working together again real soon.”
The purported band’s name is also up in the air, she says: “We keep arguing over names. I want these really weird, subversive names, and (Timbaland) wants these mysterious, like, ‘Lord of the Rings’ kind of names. We can’t decide.”
“Loose,” meanwhile, continues to roll even after selling five million albums worldwide and being certified gold or platinum in 28 countries. Furtado will follow the current single, “All Good Things (Come to an End)” with a fifth, “In God’s Hands,” and, she says, “there’s talk of a sixth and seventh single, believe it or not.
“I mean, Nickleback is on their seventh single. Pussycat Dolls are on their seventh single. Sometimes there’s these albums where you can stretch to seven singles. I like that ’cause I think the album is good and I want people to hear as much of it as possible before I go away again.”
Noting that “time off is when I get ideas,” Furtado says her next recording project — rock band with Timbaland notwithstanding — will likely take a different direction.
“I don’t see myself recording in English again any time soon,” she explains. “I really want to do a Spanish and Portuguese project — and I have no plan on when I’m gonna do that. There was talk of rushing something out early in the year, and it just didn’t feel right. So I said, ‘I don’t want to rush this. Let’s wait and do something in the future.'”
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