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11/23/2005

 
Nelly's Newly Packaged CD - One Disc Titled 'SWEATSUIT' In Stores Today

New Single, 'Grillz' Featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp, Sizzles at Urban and Rhythm Crossover Radio Formats

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Records/Derrty Ent. hip-hop icon Nelly's multi-platinum, record breaking dual release Sweat and Suit newly packaged as one CD, in stores today, November 22, titled SWEATSUIT, and features a sizzling new single, "Grillz," which is the #1 Greatest Gainer on the Rap BDS Monitor chart for the 3rd week in a row. The single was also the #1 Most Added Song at the urban mainstream and rhythm crossover radio formats. The hit single, produced by Jermaine Dupri, and featuring Paul Wall and Derrty Ent.'s own Ali & Gipp, has been given an eye-popping video by the celebrated directors The Fat Cats. The video is soaring up both the MTV and BET playlists, Nelly recently appeared on MTV's TRL to showcase SWEATSUIT's debut offering.

SWEATSUIT is not just a CD of re-released old songs, each song was specifically chosen. The CD features all the #1 hits culled from the Sweat and Suit discs, as well as three brand new tracks. The New York Times says that "Nelly might be on to something ... perhaps artists and record labels should be forced to follow Nelly's lead." The #1 hits assembled include "Over And Over," Nelly's groundbreaking, genre-defying duet with country superstar Tim McGraw. The song tied the record with superstars Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey upon its initial release, ascending to #1 status on Billboard's Mainstream singles chart faster than any other single. SWEATSUIT also feature fan favorites, "My Place," "Na-Na-Na-Na," and "Flap Your Wings," along with others. As a special bonus, the CD also includes "Fly Away," a song from The Longest Yard soundtrack. The brand new tracks include, "Nasty Girl" a much buzzed about collaboration with the late Notorious B.I.G., Diddy and Derrty Ent. singer Avery Storm, who also appears on the new song "Tired."

The original release of Sweat and Suit in September of 2004 made hip hop and music history, with Nelly becoming the first solo and rap artist to debut in the two top spots on the Billboard Top Albums Chart (Suit #1, Sweat #2) putting Nelly in the company of superstar artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Guns N' Roses -- delivering two best selling albums simultaneously. Sweat and Suit went on to sell well over 5 million albums, adding to the record breaking legacy Nelly established with his two previous albums, Country Grammar and Nellyville, and bringing the St. Louis native's total album sales to nearly 30 million albums worldwide. The 3-time Grammy winner also received critical-acclaim as an actor with his role in The Longest Yard.

Most recently Nelly was honored at the Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Action Network for his contributions to the community. You can catch Nelly, along with Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp performing "Grillz," on BET's 25th Anniversary show on November 24th on the UPN network.

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Wendy Washington of Universal/Motown Records, +1-212-373-0702,
wendy.washington@umusic.com

Web site: http://www.universalrecords.com/




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