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    The new hit song of the year is ‘Promiscuous,’ and it has many reasons for its success. The artist, Nelly Furtado, has deviated from emotional songs, such as, ‘Try’, and ‘I’m like a Bird.’ She has diminished the stereotypical image that she has been labeled with in the past. Departing from her earlier set image as power-empowering for younger women or advice for teenagers, she has turned in a totally different direction in this CD. She has created a new distinguished CD, ‘Loose,’ which in many ways can be said that it was her attempt for commercial success.

    Her new CD can be described in two words–ultimate hit.’ ‘Promiscuous’ is a song that can be danced to with the beats hitting the spirits of teenagers. The songs of the CD are meaningless and makes the person feel out of place. The songs do not have any message in them like her previous songs and it definitely seems that this time her main goal was just commercial success, which she achieved through her uninspiring songs that she had collected in this CD.

    Repetitive mention of sex in songs is the new business these days. If songs such as these are the ones that sell nowadays, it shows what our society has come to. But that is a different issue. However, through these types of CDs, ‘promiscuity’ is promoted even more. For example,’ if a young teenager of age 14 is hearing this song and says I like promiscuous boys/girls just being ‘inspired’ with this song, it seems that Nelly Furtado is only trying to sell a CD rather than making a difference.

    The form of art that existed in people before is lost nowadays and through CDs like these, art is slowly departing from our lives. The songs that should touch the soul are now only touching the hormones of teenagers. Though the songs are great they do not seem like that songs that came from Nelly Furtado as a beautiful medley of many instruments together.

    Her songs used to sound like true melody, but some songs, such as ‘Say it Right’ and ‘Man Eater’ still bring out some of that melody that truly did used to exist in her music. These songs, however, are very far from where her songs used to be in the past. It is funny how this CD would not even know what it would be promoting and a much better CD could have been created by someone who is as gifted as Nelly Furtado.

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