Pop stardom requires a striking voice, an eye-catching look, and the ability to transcend cultural boundaries, which is why the Billboard charts are dominated by migratory birds. See a human who’s beat the odds with this GrouponLive deal to see Nelly Furtado: The Spirit Indestructible tour at Centre in the Square. For $40, you get one ticket for seating in orchestra rows A–X on Tuesday, January 29, at 8 p.m. (up to a $78.20 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
In 2000, “I’m Like a Bird” hit the radio and sent Nelly Furtado, a Canadian singer-songwriter with Portuguese heritage, soaring into the spotlight. Over rich, warm strings and chimes, the indelible refrain broadcast a free-spirited ambition held in tension with a surprisingly complex sense of melancholy. Although the hit single contributed to her debut album’s success, Whoa, Nelly! stood out as a whole for its mix of bossa-nova-tinged R&B overlaid with a voice that constantly shape-shifted between bubbly sweetness and a tougher, more conversational style. As singles such as “Turn Off the Light” and “On the Radio (Remember the Days)” topped the pop charts, Nelly’s sultry neo-hippie style dominated magazine covers.
In 2006, a dance-diva makeover heralded her sexually charged album Loose, whose beat-heavy, Timbaland-produced tracks contributed to the evolution of her personal and musical style. This fall saw the release of The Spirit Indestructible, a playful and intensely rhythmic collection of songs that touches on the pleasures of wearing giant earrings and killing time in parking lots alongside loftier concerns. The Los Angeles Times described the record as “a thick, jam-filled joyride with more emotional heft than all her peers save maybe Beyoncé,” confirming Furtado’s status as “one of the more innovative and adventurous pop singers in North America.” On her tour, audiences can expect to hear new material such as “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” and hits such as “Maneater,” a pop anthem about overcoming the urge to bite the mailman.<p>