Nelly’s music was central to the summers of many millenials. Specifically, his hit songs, such as “Hot in Herre” and “Rid Wit Me”, have become so famous that they’re still being played today. But, the recent rise in the streaming of Nelly’s hit singles is for a rather bizarre reason.
Hit with major financial woes, largely due to his inability to pay his taxes to the IRS, fans are rallying to help Nelly by streaming his hit song. The brainchild of writer Brian Josephs, the idea has worked so far, sparking Nelly’s “Hot in Here” to be played more than 280 million times in Spotify.
According to Spotify, the payout for artists “per stream” varies from around $0.006 to $0.0084. Not much, really, but when you consider the amount of times the song has been played, it can add up. But, despite the hundreds of millions of streams, Nelly is not out of the woods just yet.
Nelly would need a substantial amount of streams, somewhere around 500 million to earn enough just to decrease his debt by a significant amount.
What’s weird about this news is that Nelly doesn’t really need that much help, or better yet, doesn’t really deserve it. Sure, he’s helped you, and most of us, get our “freak on” with the ladies back then. But still, he’s had his chances and already earned himself quite a bit of cash for all our support.
So, why exactly are people pledging support for him via the #SaveNelly hashtag?
Seriously, check them out!
— Martenzie Johnson (@Martenzie) September 12, 2016
I hope everyone is incessantly streaming "Hot in herre" to help get Nelly out of debt. He deserves it. Be a good person. #SaveNelly
— Wes Bergmann (@WestonBergmann) September 14, 2016
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 13, 2016
Couldn't save harambe but we can #SaveNelly
— Outlaws ???? (@ItsOutlaws) September 13, 2016
— ㅤㅤ (@SadderDre) September 13, 2016
I'm over here trying to pay Nelly's IRS bill while my bills continue to stack. Don't ever call me selfish. #SaveNelly
— Deandre Moore (@IAmDeandreMoore) September 13, 2016
Whatever, though. You can go #SaveNelly if you want.