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Nelly owes millions in taxes. Fans hope playing 'Hot in Herre' for days can save him.


Nelly - Hot In Herre (Official Music Video)

Remember Nelly? It's been a while, but the hook to "Hot in Herre" is still stuck in all of our heads.

The bad news for Nelly: He owes $2.5 million in taxes.

The good news: His fans have a plan.

What's the plan?

It's called #HotInHerreStreamingParty. Fans are hoping that by playing "Hot in Herre" enough times, Nelly can make enough money to get out of debt.

But there's a catch. It's going to take a lot of plays to get Nelly anywhere close to financial freedom, <b>according to MarketWatch</b>.

Music streaming outlets like Spotify and Apple Music don't report exactly how much artists make per stream. <b>The Music Streaming Index has estimates</b>.

Based on those numbers, Nelly needs either...

  • 341,572,533 plays on Google Music
  • 281,515,824 plays on Rhapsody
  • 426,610,158 plays on Apple Music
  • Between 304,975,476 and 426,965,666 plays on Spotify
  • 365,970,571 plays on <b>Tidal</b>

The amazing thing is, his fans seem to be up to the challenge.

Of course, Spotify doesn't care what your volume level is when you stream.

Twitter did the math.

The "Nellyville" album that features "Hot in Herre" has sold at least 6 million copies, according to the Record Industry Association of America.

So if every single person who bought the album streamed "Hot in Herre" 71 times on Spotify, Nelly could be free from debt in hours - assuming he got 100 percent of the proceeds and Universal Records didn't take a cut, which seems unlikely.

So, good luck, Nelly fans. 

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