Nelly Furtado — “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)”
(from The Spirit Indestructible) — Big Hoops (Bigger the Better) - Big Hoops (Bigger the Better) - Single

Summer is officially upon us, and while that abominable Ke$ha has apparently crawled back under the rancid rock from which she sprang (dare we pray forever and ever?), women are still ruling the roost at pop radio, as we seem to be settling in for a stifling season full of Katy Perry (whose wholly unnecessary 3D concert film has landed in theaters with a resounding thud this weekend, although — full disclosure and all — I’m crazy about her sizzling new single, “Wide Awake”) and that brilliantly irritating import Carly Rae Jepsen (whose wafer-thin, inescapably catchy smash “Call Me Maybe” has been playing on a nonstop loop in our home ever since A stumbled upon the video, which makes me wish harder than ever that my domicile could come equipped with whatever would be the aural equivalent of a V-chip, so that only music I explicitly approve of would ever have the chance to pervade these walls). But summer 2012 promises to not be a total loss on the top 40 dial, ’cause Miss Nelly is blessedly back on the prowl, previewing her fourth English-language album with yet another adventurous, typically bombastic ball-buster that once again — as though we’d forgotten! — re-establishes Furtado as pop’s most nervy maverick.

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