Whoa, Nelly!

Whoa, Nelly! is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, released by DreamWorks Records in North America on October 24 2000 (see 2000 in music).

It peaked at number twenty-four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and opened to critical acclaim. It produced three international singles: "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn off the Light" and "...On the Radio (Remember the Days)". "Party's Just Begun (Again)" was a club-only single released exclusively in the U.S. before the album's availability in stores, and it was included on the soundtrack of the 1999 film Brokedown Palace. When "Party's Just Begun (Again)" was released, Nelly's label was unsure about the genre in which to market her. They eventually remixed "Party's Just Begun (Again)" and included it upon this album as "Party". The DreamWorks label released "Trynna Finda Way" as the fourth single in Mexico and South America, a radio remix of "Hey, Man!" in the UK and Germany, and "Legend" in South Africa. The album spent seventy-eight weeks on the Billboard 200. It hit double-platinum status in the U.S. in January of 2002.

After the release of the album, Furtado headlined the Burn in the Spotlight tour and appeared on Moby's Area:One tour. According to Maclean's magazine, Whoa, Nelly! had sold seven million copies worldwide as of August 2006.

Critical reception

Whoa, Nelly! was well received by critics for its eccentric, yet intriguing instrumentations as well as Furtado's vocals. Slant magazine called it "a delightful and refreshing antidote to the army of 'pop princesses' and rap-metal bands that had taken over popular music at the turn of the millennium. The sound of the album was strongly influenced by musicians who had traversed cultures and "the challenge of making heartfelt, emotional music that's upbeat and hopeful. Stephan Thomas of All Music Guide gave a positive review while commenting that "Furtado is a restless vocalist, skitting and scatting with abandon, spitting out rapid repetitions, bending notes, and frequently indulging in melismas. and also stating that "Whoa, Nelly! unfolds as a rewarding, promising debut.Rolling Stones gave Whoa, Nelly! a positive review calling it a "wild-ass pop go-go, filled with songs that pursue adventure yet could still make the hit parades.

As a result of critical acclaim, this album received 4 nominations at the 2002 Grammy ceremony. The album itself received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while Furtado herself was nominated for Best New Artist, as well as, Song of the Year and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for "I'm Like a Bird", in which she received the latter.

Track listing

  1. "Hey, Man!" (Nelly Furtado) – 4:10
  2. "...on the Radio (Remember the Days)" (Furtado) – 3:54
  3. "Baby Girl" (Gerald Eaton, Furtado, Brian West) – 3:46
  4. "Legend" (Eaton, Furtado, West) – 3:34
  5. "I'm Like a Bird" (Furtado) – 4:03
  6. "Turn off the Light" (Furtado) – 4:36
  7. "Trynna Finda Way" (Eaton, Furtado, West) – 3:34
  8. "Party's Just Begun (Again)" (Eaton, Furtado, West) – 4:02
  9. "Well, Well" (Furtado) – 3:00
  10. "My Love Grows Deeper Part 1" (Eaton, Furtado, West) – 4:23
  11. "I Will Make U Cry" (Furtado) – 3:59
  12. "Scared of You" (Furtado) – 6:09US 3-track promo CD album
  13. "Turn off the Light" (Furtado) – 4:36
  14. "Party's Just Begun (Again)" (Eaton, Furtado, West) – 4:02
  15. "...on the Radio (Remember the Days)" (Furtado) – 3:54International bonus tracks
  16. 13. "Onde Estás" (Furtado) - 4.14
  17. 14. "I'm Like a Bird" (Music video)
  18. 15. "Turn off the Light" (Music video)UK bonus tracks
  19. 13. "Onde Estás"
  20. 14. "I Feel You" featuring Esthero (*)
  21. 15. "My Love Grows Deeper" (Non-LP Version) aka "Part II"
  22. 16. "I'm Like a Bird" (CD-ROM video)Japan bonus tracks
  23. 13. "Onde Estás"
  24. 14. "Party (Choroni Mix)"
  25. 15. "I'm Like a Bird (Gavo's Martini Bar Mix)"Asia Special edition (2002)
  26. 13. "Onde Estás"

Disc 2

  • 1. "Hey, Man!" (Music Video)
  • 2. "...On The Radio (Remember The Days)" (Music Video)
  • 3. "Turn Off The Light" (Music Video)
  • 4. "I'm Like A Bird" (Music Video)
  • 5. "I'm Like A Bird" (Acoustic Version)
  • 6. "I'm Like A Bird" (Nelly vs. Asha Remix)
  • 7. "Turn Off The Light" (Yogie's Sunshine Reggae Mix)
  • 8. "...On the Radio" (A Dan The Automator Remix) Special edition (2008)

Disc 2

  • 1. "I'm Like a Bird" (Acoustic Version) - 3:59
  • 2. "My Love Grows Deeper" (Non-LP Version) aka "Part II" - 4:23
  • 3. "I Feel You" featuring Esthero - 4:11
  • 4. "I’m A Bird" (Nelly vs. Asha Remix) - 5:38
  • 5. "...On the Radio" (A Dan The Automator Remix) - 4:35
  • (*)By Nelly Furtado's old trip hop group, Nelstar.


  • Nelly Furtado – Lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Field – guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, micro-synth guitar, pitched-up guitar, scratches, cheeky telecaster
  • Track – tambourine, background vocals, human quica, shakers
  • Kurt Bisquera – drums
  • Lil' Jaz – scratches
  • Johnny "The American" – electric guitar
  • Rick Waychesko – trumpet, fluglehorn
  • Mike Elizondo – bass, electric and upright bass
  • Victor Rebelo – percussion, berimbau and shakers
  • Camara Kambon – piano
  • James McCollum – guitar, swamp guitar
  • Russ Miller – drums
  • Allan Molnar – vibraphone
  • Brad Haehnel – pepper shaker
  • Roberto Occhipinti – bass
  • Luis Orbegoso – congas and toms
  • Joe "Public" Allen – trumpet
  • Camara Kambon – piano
  • Nuno Cristo – guitarra
  • Alex Rebelo – rhythm guitar
  • Daniel Stone – udu, shakers, woodblocks, triangle
  • Martin Tillmann – cello


Chart (2000/2001) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 4
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgium Top 50 2
Brasil Top 50 3
Canada Top 50 2
Danish Albums Chart 8
Finnish Albums Chart 7
French Albums Chart 7
German Albums Chart 4
Italy Top 75 4
Chart (2000/2001) Peak
Ireland Albums Chart 6
Mexican Albums Chart 6
Netherlands Albums Chart 9
New Zealand Albums Chart 5
Norwegian Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 5
Switzerland Albums Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 24
UK Top 75 2
United World Chart 2

Sales and certifications

Countries Certification Sales/shipments
U.S. RIAA 2x Platinum 2,500,000
Europe IFPI Platinum 1,000,000
UK. BPI 2x Platinum 655,000
Canadian CRIA 4x Platinum 480,000
Australia ARIA 2x Platinum 140,000
Germany IFPI Gold 100,000
Mexico AMPROFON Gold 95,000
France Silver 58,000
New Zealand RIANZ 3x Platinum 45,000
Switzerland IFPI Platinum 40,000
Ireland IRMA 2x Platinum 20,000
Italy FIMI Gold 50,000
Countries Certification Sales/shipments
Brazil N/A 40,000
Denmark IFPI Gold 40,000
Netherlands NVPI Gold 40,000
Sweden IFPI Gold 30,000
Indonesia Gold 25,000
Norway IFPI Gold 20,000
Portugal IFPI Platinum 20,000
Israel Gold 15,000
Chile Gold 10,000
India IMI Gold 10,000
Venezuela Gold 10,000
Singapore RIAS Gold 7,500


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