Women Who Rock: Nelly Furtado

Canadian songstress shares her love for TLC

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In this Women Who Rock video, Canadian singer Nelly Furtado dishes about her new album, The Spirit Indestructible, and the R&B influences that have informed her career from the beginning – in particular, TLC.

"They played with themes and they were kind of subversive," Furtado says of the singing and rapping trio. "That influenced me a lot. In my music today, I like to play with a lot of feminine themes, but I always like to come intelligent. I always like to come with the brain as well, because I think that's what being a woman's all about."

Furtado also rattles off her list of other notable female influences, including Mary J. Blige, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah. "These are not women to be F'ed with," the singer says with a laugh.

Furtado's fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible, is set for release on September 18th.