Fans try to save Nelly from IRS by streaming 287 million of his tracks

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Things have been better for Nelly. According to TMZ, he's staring down a $2.4 million bill from the IRS, and reportedly owes another $150,000 in state taxes. But all is not lost for the rapper, as there's a grassroots effort brewing to lend a hand to the St. Lunatic by streaming his songs as many times as possible.

Spin ran the numbers and found that the key to saving Nelly from the big bad tax man is to stream his songs 287,176,547 times:

[Spotify] recently said that the payout for artists "per stream" lands between $0.006 and $0.0084. At the bare minimum, you'll have to stream a Nelly joint 402,880,500 times to make a decent dent on his tax issues. If Nelly's lucky enough to be on the $.0084 end of the royalty spectrum, the best case scenario sees you plugging through 287,176,547 streams.

That is far too many streams for one person to come to Nelly's rescue via Spotify. But say you play the song he very good song "E.I." off Nelly's 2000 solo debut, Country Grammar, is about five minutes long. If you play that song all day every day for the next month, you could get up to about 9,000 streams. If you and about 32,000 people do the same thing, then Nelly would be well on his way to financial freedom.

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In other words, it's unlikely that fans will be able to stream Nelly out of this massive tax bill. But people on Twitter are attempting to fight the good fight, and are actively promoting Nelly's cause under the #SaveNelly hashtag.





And maybe it's not completely outside the realm of possibility, given that Nelly had two good albums, one decent one, and countless karaoke-worthy singles. (My go-to is "Dilemma" even though Kelly Rowland's part is a bit outside my range). So if you love Nelly, start streaming, friend. And remember, always pay your taxes.

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A US rapper Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., famous by the name Nelly, watches the final game of Roger Federer of Switzerland and Milos Raonic of Canada at the men's singles final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30: Rapper Nelly performes onstage at the Playboy Party at the W Scottsdale During Super Bowl Weekend, on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Playboy)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 30: Rapper Nelly performs onstage during the 30th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show Kickoff Party at the Palms Casino Resort on March 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media Group)
A US rapper Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., famous by the name Nelly, watches the final game of Roger Federer of Switzerland and Milos Raonic of Canada at the men's singles final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 18: Rapper Nelly joins demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown as they make their voices heard on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Friday, March 13, 2015, U.S. rappers Nelly, right, and Ali, wearing a representation of the Kurdish flag, perform in a concert in Irbil, northern Iraq. It was part of an event to support Kurdish soldiers fighting against the Islamic State group and raise fund for fallen soldiers' families and Kurdish refugees. (AP Photo/Seivan M. Salim)
In this photo taken Friday, March 13, 2015, U.S. rapper Nelly performs in a concert in Irbil, northern Iraq. It was part of an event to support Kurdish soldiers fighting against the Islamic State group and raise fund for fallen soldiers' families and Kurdish refugees. (AP Photo/Seivan M. Salim)
FILE- In March 13, 2015, file photo, U.S. rapper Nelly approaches the stage for a concert in Irbil, northern Iraq. Nelly is facing felony drug charges after being arrested in Tennessee, Saturday, April 11, 2015, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol news release. (AP Photo/Seivan M. Salim, File)
Rapper Nelly runs to first during the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Rapper Nelly arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Oct. 1, 2011 file photo shows rapper Nelly arriving for the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. Authorities say they found drugs and a gun on rapper Nelly's tour bus at a West Texas border checkpoint where several celebrities have been arrested. Hudspeth County sheriff's officials said an initial search Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, turned up small amounts of marijuana and heroin and a loaded gun. Authorities say a second search revealed a duffel bag with about 10 pounds of pot. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)
From left, rappers Nelly, Snoop Dog and Ludacris pose backstage at MTV's TRL "Total Finale Live" show at the MTV studios in Times Square in New York on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Rapper Nelly poses topless backstage at the BET Awards on Tuesday June 24, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Rapper Nelly appears onstage during BET's "Rip The Runway" at Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Rapper Nelly arrives at the 4th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 12: Rapper Nelly takes part in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Rapper Nelly performs during MTV's TRL 'Total Finale Live' at the MTV studios in Times Square on November 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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