Whoa! Nelly Furtado is super-sized in her new video for "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)."
My, what big earrings you have, Nelly -- and what even bigger beats. (Since its debut a few weeks back, this Rodney Jerkins-produced track has been one of our picks for song of the summer.) But it's Furtado herself whoâs been truly embiggened, first strutting down the streets of L.A. in some perilously high stilts -- then eventually transforming into some sort of mild-mannered pop-zilla, dwarfing what few skyscrapers there are to be found in Los Angeles.
With her fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible, on track for a June 19 release, the Victoria-raised performer has begun talking up the record, and recently explained that "Big Hoops," the disc's first single, was inspired by her teen years. Did someone have a particularly awkward growth spurt? Here's what she told the BBC about the track: "I'm channelling my 14-year-old self," said Furtado, 33. "She's thinking about putting on her big hoop earrings and baggy pants and going to the mall downtown." The track namechecks songs by Salt-N-Pepa and A Tribe Called Quest, among others -- all favourites from Furtado's teen years. "It was very liberating, finding that confidence through the music. And that's what 'Big Hoops' is about."
Director X -- who previously helmed Furtado's 2006 video "Promiscuous," and more recently conjured up some N*Sync steez for Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" video -- was calling the shots on Furtado's latest clip. Watch "Big Hoops" (Bigger the Better) below: