Nelly – Management
Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. (born November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name, Nelly, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. He has performed with Southern hip hop group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar, the title track of which was a top ten hit. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nelly’s best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States. His following album, Nellyville, produced the number-one hits “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland). Other singles included “Work It” (featuring Justin Timberlake), “Air Force Ones” (featuring Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics), “Pimp Juice” and “# 1.
With the same-day dual release Sweat and Suit (2004) and the compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart. Nelly’s fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays. It produced the singles “Party People” (featuring Fergie), “Stepped on My J’ z” (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara) and “Body on Me” (featuring Akon and Ashanti). In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, “Just a Dream”, has appeared in the top ten of several singles charts and were certified platinum in the United States. The second single is “Move That Body” (featuring T-Pain and Akon). “Gone” is the sequel to Nelly’s 2002 worldwide number one single “Dilemma”, also with Rowland, and serves as third single from Nelly’s album.
He won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as “one of the biggest stars of the new millennium”, and the RIAA ranks Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, with 21 million albums sold in the United States. On December 11, 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade.
Even once Nellyville ran its course commercially, Nelly’s hit streak carried on unabated, with Iz U as well as Shake Ya Tailfeather keeping Nelly in the limelight while he readied his individually released double-disc Sweatsuit undertaking. Sweat and Suit were led by a pair of red-hot singles Flap Your Wings as well as My Place debuted at the top two positions on the Billboard 200 album chart. Follow-up singles included Tilt Ya Head, Back ft Christina Aguilera, Over and Over ft Tim McGraw, Na-Na-Na-Na ft Jazze Pha, and N Dey Say. Sweat and Suit were later on bundled as Sweatsuit, along with the new track Grillz, itself a number 1 hit. The time between its release and that of Brass Knuckles was the longest Nelly went between albums to date, although he did collaborate often with Ashanti, R. Kelly, and T.I., to mention only a few.
Nelly has really been out of the music industry for quite awhile now, however with Nelly’s single Just A Dream flying up the charts, the buzz is growing. On November 16 Nelly’s new album will be launched. The album is known as 5.0 and there will be tracks with T.I., Akon, Diddy, and Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child. The track ft Kelly is a follow up to their hit duet ‘Dilemma‘ that came out in 2002.
In all Nelly received Grammy Awards in 2003 as well as 2004 and starred in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two fashion lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as “one of the biggest stars of the new millennium”, and the RIAA rates Nelly as one of the best-selling male artists in American music history, with twenty one million albums distributed in the United States. On December 11th, 2009 Nelly was ranked as the 3rd Top Overall Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.