Promiscuous (4:02)

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“Promiscuous” (also known as “Promiscuous Girl”) is a song recorded by singer Nelly Furtado and Timbaland for Furtado’s third album, Loose (2006). Furtado, Timothy “Attitude” Clayton, Timbaland and Danja wrote the song, and Timbaland and Danja produced it. The song lyrics feature a conversation between a man and woman who call each other a “promiscuous” boy or girl.

“Promiscuous” was released as the first single from Loose in North America in early 2006, and as the second single elsewhere in mid-2006 except in Latin America, where the single was released as the third single in late 2006. The song received positive reviews and became Furtado’s first number-one single in United States. It won in the Best Pop Song category at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, was nominated for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammy Award at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards and won Single of the Year at the 2007 Juno Awards. The song got a number 3 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2006.

The lyrics of “Promiscuous” describe the two sides of the relationship that the song’s protagonist deals with. It was one of the first songs Furtado wrote with labelmate Timothy “Attitude” Clayton. Furtado called their teamwork something she “had never done before” because she saw the writing process as “extremely freeing” because of his different approach and style. Clayton helped Furtado experiment with interpreting the “promiscuous girl” character and the two-sided relationship she is in.

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