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Nelly Furtado Joins YouTube Billion Views Club

The latest in an elite group of musicians, Nelly Furtado is officially a member of YouTube’s Billion Views Club.

Just short of 15 years since it was initially uploaded, the superstar songstress’ music video for ‘Say It Right’ featuring Timbaland has joined a star-studded list to hit the coveted milestone.

Available on YouTube in June 2009, ‘Say It Right’ follows Furtado as she performs the track atop a Los Angeles skyscraper, standing on a helicopter pad emblazoned with her name. Snippets of a trio of male dancers, and scenes of Timbaland providing the song’s signature backup vocals, are edited in between shots of the Canadian artist singing to the camera.

In 2008, ‘Say It …’ won Nelly a Grammy nomination at the 50th annual awards for best female pop vocal performance. Released as a single from her third studio LP Loose, the hit song went to #1 onBillboard’s Hot 100 list in 2007 and launched her album to the top of the Billboard 200. The full length also features the Timbaland-assisted hit ‘Promiscuous,’ which spent six weeks at #1.

Fifteen years later Nelly is six albums into her music career and her latest single, ‘Love Bites’ featuring Tove Lo and SG Lewis, was formally released on May 22.

Having secured 1,000,000,000 YouTube views, Furtado joins a very select list of superstar musicians including Luis Fonsi with ‘Despacito,’ Ed Sheeran with ‘Shape of You,’ and Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars with ‘Uptown Funk.’

In December of 2012, ‘Gangnam Style’ by K-Pop star Psy became the first video ever to reach one billion views. and in January of 2022, Pinkfong’s ‘Baby Shark’ became the first video to hit 10 billion views.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Martin Philbey