A theory suggests that Spotify could be the answer to the artist's prayers.
It was recently revealed that Nelly is in some serious financial debt, owing more than $2 million in unpaid taxes which puts his assets at risk of being seized by the IRS. However, there may be a way you can help him without donating any money at all.
Can Spotify help Nelly pay off his taxes?
As reported by TMZ, Nelly has been slapped with a massive $2,412,283 federal tax lien and he also owes an additional $149,511 in unpaid state tax according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. But a nifty idea has arisen online, suggesting that if fans were to stream his 2002 number one hit 'Hot In Herre' on repeat via Spotify, he may bring in enough bucks to pay his debts.
The idea was put forward by Spin, who suggested on Monday (September 12th 2016) that if Nelly got at least 287,176,547 streams of 'Hot In Herre' on Spotify, the plays would start to make a huge different to his bank balance. However, that's only if Nelly is at the top end of the spectrum when it comes to Spotify payouts, which tend to be between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream per artist.
However, it doesn't seem like a thoroughly feasible option. Even if every single one of his 4,177,859 followers on Twitter joined in, they would have to play the track almost 70 times each to reach the total put forward by Spin. And even then, as the publication pointed out, the royalities wouldn't all go to Nelly anyway.
On the upside, many of Nelly's fans do seem committed to this collective effort of paying off Nelly's debts, and #SaveNelly began trending yesterday, despite the fact that there has been no confirmation from anyone in Nelly's camp that he really is in that much financial debt.