EMPIRE BUILDING!

The Canadian-Portugese singer steps out of North America for the first time - and there are plenty of people pleased to see her...

NELLY FURTADO played her first full gig outside North America last night (May 14) at LONDON SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE.

The gig followed Furtado‘s recent chart success with her single, ‘I’m Like A

Bird’, and debut album, ‘Whoa, Nelly!’. She also recently rapped on a version of Missy Elliott‘s single ‘Get Ur Freak On’.

Backed by a six-piece band that included a percussionist and DJ on decks, Canadian-Portugese singer Furtado played an hour and a half long set before a sold-out crowd.

She was dressed head to toe in white, with hair scraped back into her trademark bun. Tracks played included most of Furtado‘s album including ‘Party’, ‘Shit On The Radio’, ‘Hey, Man!’ and warmly received set closer ‘I’m Like A Bird’.

Furtado also revealed her next single would be the track ‘Turn Off The Light’, through Polydor.

The singer will leave the country tomorrow morning (May 16), after recording an appearance on TV show ‘Later With Jools

Holland’. She returns later in summer to support U2 at London’s Earl’s Court and play festival dates at T In The Park and V2001.

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