Nelly spoke with MTV News about his new album ‘Nellyville’, due to be released June 25. The rapper explained he almost had his own real-life Nellyville: “I was riding right up by St. Peters, Missouri. It’s kind of out there — a lot of trees, deer hunting and fishing. I was test driving a truck, just riding through, and I came across a town that was for sale. It was for sale, the whole damn town! I was thinking, ‘I should buy the whole town and call it Nellyville.'” Read more.
Searches for the St. Lunatics weren’t very impressive for the month of February on pay-per search engine overture.com. Similar to the Eminem-D12 disparity, Nelly is much more popular than his St. Lunatic side group. The various wordings of the band’s name got around 20,000 searches, while Nelly got a huge 234,096 searches in the same period.
WireImage.com has perhaps a thousand photos of celebrities packed at the Grammy Awards Wednesday night and the after-parties that followed. Included besides the show arrival and pressroom pictures were snaps from MCA Records After-Party, EMI Record Group After-Party, Warner Music at the Mondrian in West Hollywood, BMG After-Party, Andre Harrell’s Party at the GQ Lounge, Universal Music Group After-Party, Sony Music Entertainment After-Party. Among those on hand were Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, the Neptunes, and more. Check them all out here.
AP reports that while Gov. Bob Holden and members of the Missouri House honored St. Louis rapper Nelly, some questioned whether the state should praise a group that sings about illegal drug use and sexual promiscuity. Rep. Charles Portwood blasted, “Here we are honoring a man for his contribution to the education of our kids, but if you read his lyrics he is talking about promiscuous sex, crystal meth, snorting cocaine.”
Liz Smith of the New York Post spoke with rapper Nelly following his American Music Award win and two Grammy Award nominations. Nelly was at Hollywood’s club Deep partying with Destiny’s Child when he said, “This has all happened so fast. I would wake up at night and ask myself, ‘Is this really going on?’ Now sometimes I can sleep because I know it is!”
LiveDaily.com reports that after winning an American Music Award last night, rapper Nelly is putting the last touches on his sophomore album, “Nellyville.” Look for the album to drop on Universal Records June 25.
Nelly and Def Jam’s Russell Simmons are amongst the musicians who are teaching aspiring musicians the ins and outs in the music business with MusicSessions, offered by Universal Music on CD rom for $119.90. Also in the set are Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst and Enrique Iglesias, amongst others.
Billboard spoke with Nelly following the 2001 Billboard Music Awards where he talked about a followup album to Country Grammar. Nelly said, “I can’t do ‘Country Grammar’ again. You have a lifetime to do your first album and 18 months for your second. It’s just a matter of drawing on the talent I have inside.” Look for ‘Nellyville’ to be released June 2002.
Nelly will be on tonight’s BET Access Granted at 9:00 PM EST as they’ll be documenting the making of Nelly’s new video, “#1”. The new video features special guests Joe Perry from Aerosmith and 106th & Park’s own retired freestyle champ, Poster Boy.