Promiscuous

Album: Loose (2006)
Charted: 3 1
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  • This song is a duet between Furtado and Timbaland, who produced the album. The lyrics are a flirtation between the two, typical of a couple who meets at a dance club or other social gathering. They are both sexually active, but the girl doesn't want the guy to take advantage of her and think of her as a slut, so even though she is attracted to him, she will tease him and test him to make sure he has strong "game," meaning he is a good talker and exudes confidence. As the song progresses, he proves himself and she agrees that they both want the same thing. At this point, there is no need to play games, as he has passed the test.
  • At the time, Furtado was romantically linked to fellow Canadian Steve Nash, who was the MVP point guard of the Phoenix Suns basketball team. Furtado mentions Nash in the line, "Is that the truth or are you talkin' trash, is your game MVP like Steve Nash?"
  • The verses are rapped, which was familiar territory for Timbaland, who often raps on his productions, but was a departure for Furtado, who was known for her singing on hits like "I'm Like A Bird" and "Turn Off The Light."

    Timbaland warned her that she would be getting out of her comfort zone, telling her, "You can't be that same Nelly Furtado laying on the grass playing with birds." She was up for the challenge.
  • In an interview with Blender magazine, Furtado said that the song is not about sex, but verbal foreplay: "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song' because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."
  • Justin Timberlake appears in the video dancing with the extras. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
  • Furtado and Timbaland perform this in the video, which cuts between scenes of them on the phone and in a dance club. They also performed the song on Saturday Night Live, acting out the flirtation with Furtado playing up her sexuality and Timbaland displaying a relaxed cool.
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Comments: 7

  • Muzammil from Lahore, Pakistannice beat,i like how the song tells people to not fall for the first person who thinks you're hot even if its little provacative but i like this song its beats even every thing iz great
  • Emma from Brisbane, AustraliaThis song ok the chours is the best bit of the whole song.
  • Sara from Traverse City, MiThis is a great song, the provatcieness of it is just done so clean,it's not as bad as some videos you see.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, Njnice beat. i like how the song tells people to not fall for the first person who thinks you're hot.
  • Zoey from Irvine, Cai like this song just because it is catchy. :-)
    dont know what it means
  • Marina from Seattle, WaI prefer "I Got A Man" by Positive K!
  • Shannon Mulvany from Spokane, WaI actually like this song, even if it's a little provacative. The beat is awesome.
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