Maneater (Nelly Furtado song)

Maneater (Nelly Furtado song)
Single by Nelly Furtado
from the album Loose
B-side "Undercover"
Released June 5, 2006[1]
Format 12" single, CD single, digital download
Recorded 2005; Miami, Florida
Genre Dance, electro rock, R&B
Length 4:25 (Album Version)
3:16 (Radio Mix)
3:36 (Video Edit)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Nelly Furtado, Tim Mosley, James Washington, Nate Hills
Producer Danja, Timbaland
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Nelly Furtado singles chronology
"No Hay Igual"
"Te Busqué"

"Maneater" is a song written by Nelly Furtado, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, Jim Beanz and Nate "Danja" Hills for Furtado's third album, Loose (2006). It was co-produced by Timbaland and Danja and includes influences of 1980s music by artists such as Eurythmics and Hall & Oates. Furtado stated that Hall & Oates' song of the same name was an influence during the writing and recording of the song.

Released as the album's first single in Europe in May 2006, "Maneater" became one of Nelly Furtado's most popular singles, topping the singles charts in Poland and the UK, and reaching the top ten across much of Continental Europe. It served as the album's second single in Australia, where it reached the top five, and in North America, where it became a club hit but was less commercially successful than the lead single, "Promiscuous". It received favorable reviews from many music critics.


Writing and recording

"Maneater" was one of the first songs Furtado and Timbaland worked on in the Hit Factory Criteria recording studios in Miami, Florida. She has described the song as an analogy of how she incorporated the "creative energy" of Timbaland and his production crew into Loose.[2] When making the album, Furtado and Timbaland were influenced by the work of musicians from the 1980s such as Talking Heads, Blondie, Madonna, The Police and Eurythmics. "Eurythmics had this spooky, keyboard-driven pop sound", Furtado said.[3] Final production of the track was delayed after a speaker caught fire in the studio control room.[4]

Furtado has characterized "Maneater" as "a 'couture pop' song", explaining that it is "in your face and very fashionable, stylistic and of-the-moment."[5] In an interview with MTV News, she compared it favorably to eating too much cheesecake: "It's got a crazy loud beat, and the vocals are bitchy and loud. A lot of people say it sounds like Peaches, because of the delivery, the spooky vocals."[2] According to Furtado, the song is related to how people become "hot on themselves" when dancing in their underwear in front of a mirror.[2] "[It] truly has a life of its own; it makes you move", she said.[3] Media sources compared it to the Hall & Oates single "Maneater", released in 1982 (see 1982 in music), which Furtado has cited as an influence on the song.[6]

Furtado recorded a remix of "Maneater" with rapper Lil Wayne; it was only released as part of a compilation album, Timbaland's Remix & Soundtrack Collection, she also used the instrumental of the song during many television performances of "Maneater".[7] In Australia, the CD was released in two formats, although one version (the international single) had an extremely limited run and was not widely available. The Australia-exclusive "Maneater" CD single includes a cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" recorded on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge program, on which "Maneater" was covered three times, by pop punk band Panic at the Disco, dance music duo Basement Jaxx and rock band Boy Kill Boy, whose cover was released on the album Radio 1's Live Lounge.[8][9]

Music structure and composition

"Maneater" is an uptempo electro rock song that combines 80's electro synths and a more dance-oriented beat. The up-tempo song has prominent electropop and synth pop influences and is lyrically related to how people become "hot on themselves" when dancing in their underwear in front of a mirror.[2] "[It] truly has a life of its own; it makes you move", she said.[3] Media sources compared it to the Hall & Oates single "Maneater", released in 1982 (see 1982 in music), which Furtado has cited as an influence on the song.[6] The song has a dance tempo and it is composed in the key of D major with a tempo of 132 beats per minute.[10]

Critical reception

"Maneater" got favorable reception by music critics. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone stated that while not a Hall & Oates cover, the song "bumps hard enough to qualify as a sequel, and that's high praise indeed."[11] Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine cited "Maneater" as a highlight of Furtado's makeover, but believed that no matter how much Furtado sings about sex, she does not sound sexy and does not "generate much carnal heat."[12]'s Bill Lamb gave the song 3.5 out of 5 stars, praising the "powerful thumping beat and insanely catchy chorus", but considering the song repetitive and more suitable for the dance floor than radio stations.[13] IGN's review considered it too similar to British singer M.I.A.: "the blatant attempt to capitalize on [M.I.A.] that ultimately causes the track to crumble."[14] The song was later ranked as the twentieth best single of 2006 at The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop poll.[15]

Chart performance

"Maneater" was made available as a download (via the Apple iTunes Store) on May 22. It was released on maxi CD as the album's first single outside North America on May 26 in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and on June 5 in the United Kingdom and other European markets. It debuted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart the week before its physical release, and a week later (on June 11, 2006) it went to number one.[16] "Maneater" was the seventh highest selling single in the UK in 2006,[17] with 296,000 units sold.[18] In early 2007, chart rules were changed to allow tracks not accompanied by physical singles to appear on the singles chart,[19] and "Maneater" subsequently re-entered the top forty on downloads alone.[20]

The single became a hit elsewhere in Europe, reaching the top five in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Norway, the top ten in Belgium, Finland and the Netherlands and the top twenty in France. "Maneater" was released on U.S. national television at the Fashion Rocks event on September 8, 2006.[21] It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number sixty-two, the highest debut of the week, and peaked at number sixteen; it also reached the top twenty on Billboard's Pop 100.[22][23] "Maneater" reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, but it was not as commercially successful in the U.S. as the preceding single, "Promiscuous", which reached number one on all three charts.[23] The single debuted on the Australia ARIA Singles Chart on September 25 and rose to the top five the following week, peaking in its seventh week at number three. The ARIA accredited "Maneater" as a gold single for selling over 35,000 copies.[24]

In Canada, where "Promiscuous" topped the singles chart, "Maneater" reached number twenty-two on November 23, 2006 (its fifteenth week).[25] Its underperformance was attributed to the limited release of the CD single, which had been sold through retailers as early as "Promiscuous".[25] "Maneater" received substantial radio airplay and peaked inside the BDS Airplay Chart top five. On November 16, it debuted on the Canadian Dance Chart, on which it reached number one in February 2007, becoming her first single to do so.[26] "Maneater" was the eighth best-selling digital track of 2006 in Canada with 38,800 downloads.[27] "Maneater" was nominated for a 2006 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song.[28] It was also awarded a 2007 NRJ Music Award for Best International Song.[29]

Music video

The single's music video was directed by Anthony Mandler.[30] The video features former So You Think You Can Dance contestant Jamile McGee as a dancer.[31] Nelly Furtado had to schedule extra practicing sessions for her own dancing in the video.[30]

The video does not have a substantial plot and, per Furtado's request, focuses on simultaneously celebrating and parodying the "maneater cliché".[2] It begins with Furtado searching for her runaway Great Dane, Toby, at night in a seemingly deserted industrial district of an unnamed city. She follows the dog to the basement of a dark, dilapidated building, where she encounters a silent crowd of people in the middle of what MTV News described as a "Fight Club-esque party".[30] Furtado positions herself in the middle of the crowd and, as the initial beat of the song emerges, begins to dance with "a sense of abandon", according to Furtado.[30] This serves as the catalyst for a dance party that continues as the song plays. Towards the end of the video, Furtado moves to the roof of the building and dances in front of the rising sun. In the end she leaves the party at dawn, finding her dog sitting at the stairhead near the exit. "I like to walk on the dangerous side of life", Furtado said of the filming of the video.[30]

In the U.S., the video premiered on Yahoo! Music on September 6 and was given a "First Look" on MTV's Total Request Live on September 8.[32][33] It debuted on the show's top ten video countdown on September 11 and peaked at number nine, remaining on the countdown for three consecutive days.[33] The video entered the MuchMusic Countdown in Canada in the week ending September 22, and it peaked at number one in the week ending December 8.[34]

At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Furtado was nominated in the category of Female Artist of the Year for "Maneater" and "Say It Right".[35]

Track listings

German 2-Track Single
  1. "Maneater" (Radio Version)
  2. "Undercover"
German 4-Track Single / UK CD Single
  1. "Maneater" (Radio Version)
  2. "Undercover"
  3. "Maneater" (Waata House Mix)
  4. "Maneater" (Video)
Australian CD Single
  1. "Maneater" (Radio Version)
  2. "Crazy" (Radio 1 Live Lounge Session)
  3. "Maneater" (Josh Desi Remix)
  4. "Maneater" (Video)


Credits adapted from the Loose liner notes[36]

Charts and certifications

Peak positions

Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[37] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[38] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[39] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[40] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[41] 5
Czech Republic (IFPI)[42] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[43] 3
European Hot 100 Singles[44] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[45] 7
France (SNEP)[46] 14
Germany (Media Control AG)[47] 4
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[48] 40
Hungary (Single Top 10)[49] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[50] 2
Italy (FIMI)[51] 10
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[52] 11
New Zealand (RIANZ)[53] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[54] 3
Slovakia (IFPI)[55] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[56] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[57] 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[58] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[59] 16
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[60] 13
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[61] 1


Chart (2006) Position
Australian Singles Chart[62] 21
Australian Urban Singles Chart[63] 12
Austrian Singles Chart[64] 18
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[65] 44
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[66] 19
German Singles Chart[67] 12
Irish Singles Chart[68] 12
Swedish Singles Chart[69] 45
Swiss Singles Chart[70] 9
UK Singles Chart[71] 7


Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Australia Gold[72]
Sweden Platinum[69]
Switzerland Gold[73]
Preceded by
"I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)" by Sandi Thom
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 11 – July 2, 2006
Succeeded by
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
Preceded by
"Fucking Boyfriend" by The Bird and the Bee
Billboard Dance Club Play number-one single
December 9, 2006
Succeeded by
"Ring the Alarm" by Beyoncé


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