Following news of Nelly's tax troubles, on-demand audio U.S. streams of his 2002 smash rocketed by 219 percent on Sept. 13.
Nelly's "Hot in Herre" is suddenly hot again.
The track, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks in the summer of 2002, has vaulted in on-demand U.S. audio streams as fans have rallied to save him from tax debt. (All streaming totals in this story are based on U.S. on-demand audio streams.)
The gains come after TMZ reported on Sept. 11 that the rapper/singer was slapped with a federal tax lien of $2,412,283. Further, he already owed $149,511 in state taxes. On Sept. 12, Spin proposed that fans could stream Nelly's songs 287,176,547 times in order to possibly generate enough revenue for him to pay off his debts. And thus, the #SaveNelly movement was born on social media.