Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” Sees Huge Uptick in Streams After Fans Try to #SaveNelly From Tax Debt
Nelly has some serious tax issues. Luckily for the 41-year-old St. Lunatic, his fanbase is still rock solid, as “Hot in Herre” is seeing a huge uptick in streams.
The IRS is currently trying to seize all or part of the profits from his concerts to help solve $2.4 million in unpaid taxes. According to Billboard, on-demand audio streams of Nelly’s 2002 smash single have sky-rocketed by 219 percent following the initial news of his tax troubles.
The following numbers display just how much “Hot in Herre” streams have soared since TMZ’s original report about Nelly’s tax situation — Sept. 11, 52,000 streams; Sept. 12, 84,000 streams; Sept. 13, 269,000 streams. Meanwhile, streams of Nelly’s entire catalogue are also increasing: his discography had a 96 percent increase on Sept. 13 compared to the previous day. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show With James Corden have even referenced the #SaveNelly campaign in recent shows.
So, how did this all begin? After TMZ broke the news of Nelly’s problem, the #SaveNelly and #HotInHerreListeningParty phenomenons took Twitter by storm, and some hilarious GIFs and photos ensued. The Country Grammar MC has yet to address the outpouring of love and support from his fans. If you want to join in, just listen to Nelly’s records on any streaming service, and take to social media to share with others.
As TMZ reported, the St. Lunatic also has money issues on the local level, as the Missouri Department of Revenue said he still owes $149,511 in unpaid state taxes from 2013.
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