Nelly Furtado Hatches Follow-Up Single

Singer hopes hip-hop-and-reggae-infused "Turn Off the Light" highlights her eclectic internationalism.

Nelly Furtado would like you to know she really isn't that much like a bird — or at least her album isn't.

Despite the career-making success of "I'm Like a Bird," the mellow anthem isn't particularly representative of Furtado's debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, she said.

Instead, Furtado is looking toward her new single, the hip-hop-and-reggae-infused "Turn Off the Light," to give the world a better idea of what she's all about.

"'Turn Off the Light' kind of exemplifies the record a little bit more," Furtado said earlier this month. "Whoa, Nelly! is all about the hip-hop and fusion of things, the pop and the internationalism, and you hear it all in that single."

Furtado recently shot a video for "Turn Off the Light" with Sophie Muller, who directed the clips for Weezer's "Say It Ain't So" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak."

"The two of us totally collaborated and brainstormed so much and organized the whole thing, every last detail," Furtado said. "I wanted the video to reflect the eclecticism of the music, and it really does."

The just-completed video takes viewers through a multicultural dreamscape that touches on the singer's Portuguese heritage and includes scenes shot in Los Angeles' Chinatown. A few of her fans were included in the shoot as extras (see "Nelly Furtado Invites Fans To Be In New Video").

As she turns her attention to the new single, Furtado said she's grateful for the success of "I'm Like a Bird."

"I wrote the song real quick — I wrote it in like 20 minutes on my guitar, just kinda put the thing together," she said. "And it's not my song anymore, it's everybody's song. I like that, because that's what gives it more meaning when I perform it every night."

Furtado also collaborated recently with Missy Elliott on a remix of "Get Ur Freak On" for the "Tomb Raider" soundtrack (see "Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado To Join Forces On 'Leno'").