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Nelly Furtado admits new single is ode to her teen years

'Like A Bird' songstress Nelly Furtado has revealed that her new single, 'Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)', was inspired by her childhood and channels the attitude she had as a teenager.

She explained that growing up in Victoria, Canada made it difficult to gain access to different genres of music, but her undeniable love of hip-hop drove her to seek it out:

"Hip-hop was super-exotic to us in Canada. Because we were near the south, we could get some of the radio stations from Seattle."

"I remember attaching a wire clothing hanger to the antenna of my radio in my bedroom, so I could get the frequency and get that station and listen to the top 10 every night. It was very liberating, finding that confidence through the music."

Referring to her new cut, Furtado added that she wanted to represent that attitude so incorporated hip hop elements into the track (the lyrics quote Salt-N-Pepa, A Tribe Called Quest and Blackstreet) to ensure it came through strongly:




"That's what Big Hoops is about... I'm channelling my 14-year-old self. She's thinking about putting on her big hoop earrings and baggy pants and going to the mall downtown."

Check out the song below: