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Mi Plan (Spanish for "My Plan") is the first full-length Spanish album by Portuguese-Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, and her fourth studio album overall. It was released on September 15, 2009.

Production

On December 31, 2008, El Diario La Prensa posted an article that Furtado is planning on recording songs in English and Spanish for her upcoming album and that it is "expected to launch between May and August." In early March, a song called "Gotta Know" leaked in the internet and was said to be Furtado's. As response, on March 4, 2009, Furtado stated on her MySpace blog that the song is not hers and that she is recording two new albums: one in Spanish, and the other in Portuguese. In June 2009, Furtado announced that her new album will be titled Mi Plan and the first single titled "Manos al Aire".

Furtado spoke about the inspiration behind Mi Plan in an interview with CNN: "There were so many inspirations. The language was the biggest inspiration. I've sang so much in Spanish in the past, and also Portuguese. I get a lot of joy in singing in Latin languages. It expresses the Latin side of me. [...] My parents were born in Portugal and they raised us in Canada. We grew up speaking Portuguese and then I learned Spanish at the age of 14. I love being a multicultural artist, I love being a global artist. [The album] is almost like a literal reflection of that this time in the fact that it's all in Spanish and it's a completely original project written from scratch. [...] It feels like a rebirth of sorts. It's almost like a parallel world where I get to reinvent myself again as an artist, but in a very whole kind of way. It's been a lot of fun. She also spoke about singing in a different language: "When I express myself in Spanish or in Portuguese I feel very free. There are a lot of things you can say in a Spanish song that you can't say in an English song, especially from a feminine perspective. As a female, the moment you sing too passionately in English you are kind of labeled as an angry singer. In Spanish that doesn't happen. You can be dramatic as you want and it's accepted. So it's liberating." During an interview with The Associated Press, Furtado said that "This album Mi Plan is really a personal album. Basically the big theme is love. [...] My last three albums, I had songs that maybe explored certain aspects of love, but they’re not really direct love songs. On this album, the songs are a lot more simple."

Reception

The album was generally well-received by critics, it holds a 71/100 rating amongst professional music critic cited by Metacritic.

Billboard described the album as "straightforward songs that appeal to melodic sensibilities rather than rhythmic contraptions, the set is a mix of vulnerability and earnestness."

Singles

  • "Manos al Aire" is the lead single from the album. It was released to worldwide radio on June 30, 2009, followed with digital and mobile retail availability the next day.
  • "Más" is the second single released from the album. It will be physically released on December 4, 2009 in Germany.


Promo singles

Prior to the release of the album, three promotional singles were released exclusively on Applemarker's iTunes Store as a "Countdown to Mi Plan."
  • "Más" was the first promotional single, released on July 21, 2009. It is now the second single released off the album.
  • "Mi Plan" (featuring Alex Cuba) was the second promotional single. It was released on August 11, 2009.
  • "Bajo Otra Luz" (featuring Julieta Venegas and La Mala Rodríguez) was the third and final promotional single. It was released on August 31, 2009.
  • "Silencio" (featuring Josh Groban) was released via Rhapsody on September 1, 2009.


Track listing

Chart history and certifications

Chart performance

Charts (2009) Peak

position
Austrian Albums Chart 6
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart 27
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart 28
Canadian Albums Chart 20
Czech Albums Chart 5
Dutch Albums Chart 30
European Albums Chart 6
French Albums Chart 41
German Albums Chart 5
Italian Albums Chart 10
Mexican Albums Chart 11
Polish Albums Chart 6
Slovak Albums Chart 25
Spanish Albums Chart 8
Swiss Albums Chart 3
U.S. Billboard 200 39
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums 1


Sales and certifications

Country (2009) Certification Sales/

shipments
Germanymarker Gold 100,000
Polandmarker Gold 10,000
Switzerlandmarker Gold 10,000
United Statesmarker Gold 100,000
WW Sales: 500,000


Release history

Region Date Label
Germanymarker September 11, 2009 Universal
Austriamarker
Switzerlandmarker
United Kingdommarker September 14, 2009 Polydor
United Statesmarker September 15, 2009 Universal Latino
Mexicomarker
Brazilmarker September 17, 2009 Universal
Francemarker October 5, 2009


References

  1. Mi Plan by Nell Furtado Metacritic. Retrieved on 8 October 2009
  2. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/nelly-furtado/mi-plan/1278179
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  4. Amazon DE release date, August 17, 2009
  5. Amazon UK release date, August 17, 2009
  6. Amazon US release date, August 17, 2009
  7. Mexican release date, September 10, 2009
  8. Brazilian release date, September 12, 2009


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