NELLY FURTADO’S LOOSE IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON ONE YEAR ON, NELLY FURTADO HAS THE BIGGEST-SELLING ALBUM WORLDWIDE
Los Angeles, California/London, England, July 5, 2007 – With Loose, her third album, Canadian singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado has become a global phenomenon: the biggest-selling female recording artist of the past 12 months.
Nelly Furtado achieves this milestone while celebrating a highly successful performance on July 1 at the Concert for Diana at London’s Wembley Stadium, seen at the venue by more than 60,000 people, and by a global TV audience of many millions.
Global sales of Loose have now passed 5.6 million copies, as the Geffen Records release moves in its second year on Billboard magazine’s two major charts, The Billboard 200 and the European Top 100 Albums. It has reached No. 1 on both countdowns. In Europe this week, the album stands at No. 8.
No other female recording artist has achieved this level of sales during the past year. Meanwhile, Nelly Furtado’s total career album sales to date have passed 12 million units worldwide, following 2000’s Whoa, Nelly! (4.9 million) and 2003’s Folklore (1.7 million).
Nelly Furtado said, “The overwhelming success of my third album, Loose, has totally exceeded my expectations. Everyday I hear news about another number one and another record broken in yet another territory. It never gets repetitive. I cherish every moment. I have never found my career more enjoyable, and there is nothing that compares to seeing my fans sing my songs at my concerts around the world.”
The achievements are truly worldwide. In Germany, for example, Nelly Furtado has sold more than one million digital products – making her the biggest-ever digital music artist there. The total of one million includes realtones, full-track downloads, ringback tones, and videos.
With global sales continuing at the rate of 100,000 copies a week, Loose has now been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in 24 countries, and gold in 6 more. The album was released in most territories on June 12, 2006, and eight days later in the U.S. and Canada.
In Switzerland, Loose is now in its 56th week on the album charts, followed by Germany and the U.K. (both 55 weeks), the U.S., Canada, Netherlands, Norway and Czech Republic (54 weeks), Austria, Finland and Portugal (51), and Denmark (50).
Max Hole, Executive Vice President, A&R and Marketing, Universal Music Group International, said, “Like all great artists, Nelly Furtado has creatively re-invented herself with Loose, which has taken her popularity to even greater heights. This remarkable album continues to set new chart records around the world, and just won’t stop selling, whether in physical or digital form.”
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