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Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. (born November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name Nelly, is an Grammy Award winning American recording artist, actor and entrepreneur. He has performed with the rap 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 the 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 one of the best-selling male artists 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.

The discography of American hip hop recording artist Nelly consists of six studio albums, forty-five singles (including twelve as featured artist), two extended plays (EPs), two compilation albums, two collaboration albums, one remix album and sixty-four music videos. The St. Lunatics member, Nelly was signed to Universal Records in 2000 and his debut album, Country Grammar was released that year, and explores the genres of Southern rap. It has been certified nine times platinum by Recording Industry Association of America in the United States, and spawned the singles "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)", "E.I.", "Ride wit Me" (featuring City Spud) and "Batter Up" (featuring St. Lunatics). In 2001, Nelly and the St. Lunatics released their first album as a group, Free City, which received a platinum certification in the United States. Nelly collaborated with R&B group Jagged Edge and boy band 'N Sync, before releasing his second studio album, Nellyville. While still maintaining central elements of hip hop, the album saw him include further elements of pop music. The album featured five singles, including "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland), both of which topped the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003, Nelly's single "Shake Ya Tailfeather" (featuring Diddy and Murphy Lee) appeared on the soundtrack to Bad Boys II starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
 
In 2004, Nelly released two albums simultaneously, Sweat and Suit, which were predominantly of the pop genre, and were certified platinum and triple platinum in the United States, respectively. Six singles were released from the two albums, collectively, including "Flap Your Wings", "My Place" (featuring Jaheim), "Tilt Ya Head Back" (featuring Christina Aguilera) and "Over and Over" (featuring Tim McGraw), which appeared on the singles charts of numerous countries. Sweat and Suit were repackaged together in 2005 as Sweatsuit. The song "Errtime" (featuring Jung Tru and King Jacob) and "Fly Away" were recorded by Nelly for the soundtrack album for The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
 
Brass Knuckles, Nelly's fifth studio album, was issued in 2008. Four singles were released from the album, including "Party People" (featuring Fergie), "Stepped on My J'z" (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara), "Body on Me" (featuring Ashanti and Akon) and "One & Only". The repackage also included the single "Grillz", which went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005. In 2010, Nelly released his sixth studio 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 was "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 the album.

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