Canadian singer Nelly Furtado’s new album, scheduled to be released on September 14, features, among other artists, Dominican meringue star Juan Luis Guerra. Mi Plan, Furtado’s fourth solo album, is sung entirely in Spanish. Released on the same day, the first single will be “Manos Al Aire” (Hands In The Air).
In a statement Furtado said: “After 10 years recording in English, I hit a wall. I felt this was the moment to make the dream.” The daughter of Portuguese parents, Furtado has also enlisted the help of notable artists for the 11-track release, which include, in addition to Grammy Award winning artist Juan Luis Guerra, Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández, Mexican-American singer and instrumentalist Julieta Venegas, and Spanish hip hop artist La Mala Rodríguez. Mi Plan is the follow up to Furtado’s 2006 album Loose.
“Recording this album was just a natural progression for me,” Nelly describes how she came up with the idea. “I wanted my fourth album to be in Spanish. I just didn’t really know when to start and then I met this amazing artist named Alex Cuba in Canada and we started writing songs together by coincidence. Then I realized I was writing songs in Spanish, and before I knew it, I hadn’t written anything in English for a year.” Nelly has made a collaboration with Latin artist Juanes in the song “Te Busqué”. About her love of the genre she says, “I love Latin pop music. So it was just a natural thing for me to do.”
Furtado has sold over 15 million albums worldwide since releasing her debut album Whoa, Nelly! in 2000.