Hot in Herre

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"Hot in Herre"
Single by Nelly featuring Dani Stevenson
from the album Nellyville
Released April 16, 2002 (2002-04-16)
Recorded 2001
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:49
Label Universal
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Nelly singles chronology
  • "#1"
  • (2001)
  • "Hot in Herre"
  • (2002)
Dani Stevenson singles chronology
  • "Hot in Herre"
  • (2002)
sample of "Hot In Herre" by Nelly from Nellyville

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"Hot in Herre" is a song by American rapper Nelly featuring Dani Stevenson from his second studio album Nellyville (2002). It was released on April 16, 2002, by Universal Records as the second single from the project. The song was produced by The Neptunes. "Hot in Herre" incorporates the hook from go-go performer Chuck Brown's 1979 #1 R&B hit "Bustin' Loose", and opens with samples from Neil Young's "There's a World" and Nancy Sinatra's cover of "As Tears Go By".

Awards and accolades[edit]

Nelly won Best Male Rap Solo Performance, a brand new category at the time, for "Hot in Herre", at the Grammy Awards of 2003.

In 2008, it was ranked number 36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song was Nelly's first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada. It peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, and also hit the top ten in other international markets. The song was number one in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles Chart for 2002.

Music video[edit]

There were two music videos made for the single "Hot in Herre", one set in a dance club, and an alternative one shot at the St. Louis Arch. The alternative video was played on MTV Europe instead of the official one.

The original video features cameo appearances by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer, NBA player Carmelo Anthony, and NFL players T.J. Duckett and Julius Peppers.

Cover versions[edit]

"Hot in Herre" has been covered by the following artists:

Usage in media[edit]

The "Sasha Grey HotInHerre / Nelly1057" stunting[edit]

Actress Sasha Grey first publicly announced the 72 hour event of looping Nelly's Hot in Herre as part of a marketing stunt on her birthday, March 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM PST.[2] As part of the South by Southwest film festival she originally claimed she would do this “because the song is #hot, just like my new movie Open Windows and my best-selling book, The Juliette Society.”[3] When Sasha publicly announced what she was doing, she used #LatinoMix1057 as a reference to the bay area station KVVF,San Jose, California, #HotInHerre as the conversation, and #happybdayme to reference her birthday. Soon after Sasha's public announcement, Chuy Gomez, the current DJ of the new radio station on 105.7 at KVVF, retweeted her takeover announcement. [4] The stunt lasted precisely 72hours from the time of her publicly announced takeover, and on On March 17, 2014, KVVF returned to the air with Chuy Gomez and DJ Mind Motion. The objective evidence overwhelmingly supports the claim that Sasha Grey took over the radio station, with only corroborative evidence of her takeover coming from the stations, and no denial.

Carly Fiske of Segment demonstrated journalistic investigation skills, accepting the possibility of a radio station takeover surrounding Sasha's HotInHerre / Nelly1057 phenomenon. She elaborated and went on to state, “Perhaps Grey is simply part of the stunt...”[5]

Hashtag HotInHerre was first posted on twitter in July 2009 (preceding Sasha's announcement) by Twitter user YoungPlatinum.[6] Hashtag Nelly1057 was first posted on twitter March 14 (after Sasha's announcement) by Twitter blogger bennett4senate.[7]

Since the stunt began, several people laid unsubstantiated claims surrounding it. Word of mouth at the South by Southwest film festival surrounding the Nacho Vigalondo movie Open Windows starring Sasha Grey, Elijah Wood and Neil Maskell blew up after the song began to loop. Sasha's promotional takeover of the station was huge at the festival because everyone had already heard about it, but only thought it was a rumor until it actually went down. This includes David Guy Levy, head of film company Periscope Entertainment and the director of the intense horror thriller Would You Rather, also starring Sasha Grey.[8]

Several bloggers and news outlets spread misinformation regarding the event, creating even more mystery surrounding the its origins. The misconceptions and incorrect information spread by news outlets included unfounded claims on who decided to loop the song, what was actually happening with the radio station, who first announced it, that nothing was unique with what was happening and amongst other conjecture, where and why the meme took off.[9][10][11] The conspiracy and manipulation of truth surrounding Sasha's takeover are current and Wikipedia editors are also guilty of poor review; users such as C.Fred have altered verifiable information, and instead placed false information, ignoring the facts. .[12][13]

Many of the authors of the aforementioned blogs could have done simple searches and sought out the input of living humans to verify the authenticity of the source. The blogs and news sources tend to reference minor Twitter accounts, while Twitter accounts with millions of followers verified the authenticity of Sasha Grey's radio station takeover. Another example is a tweet by the massively popular Jim Rome, a major radio personality himself. He retweeted Sasha's quote of Mike Tyson who said, “if you dont like it #turnoffyourstation,” referencing her control of KVVF.[14] Nelly never made an announcement of the beginning, or the end of the stunt.[15]

While Sasha intended the conversation to follow #HotInHerre, the hashtag #Nelly1057 garnered national interest as well. [1] currently redirects to Sasha Grey's Twitter page. The Twitter account[16] has existed for years, and is unrelated to Sasha's meme/stunt/#HotInHerre/#Nelly1057 hashtags.

Comedian Yoshi Obayashi got in on the act and called Sasha out when he said Sasha “forgot2hash #sashacastnelly1057 but she's still #incontrol of #LatinoMix1057 #openwindows #noworries #Nelly1057 #sxsw.”[17] This is a clear comedic poke at Sasha, given the attention #Nelly1057 received vs. the preexisting #HotInHerre, and the accompanying confusion, popularity and resulted meme it helped propagate.

As documented, an erroneously disseminated misconception, perhaps for marketing uses of its own right, is that the alternative hashtag #Nelly1057 was the original linked, and only followed hash, when if fact it arrived “late to the party.”

Track listings[edit]

These are the major formats and track listings for the release of "Hot in Herre":[18]



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[32] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Platinum 15,000*
United States (RIAA)[34] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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  8. ^ "Twitter / davidguylevy: @SashaGrey took over the Bay". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-03-14. 
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  18. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
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  22. ^ "Nelly singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  23. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  24. ^ Italian Singles Chart Hit Parade Italia (Retrieved2 November 2012)
  25. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  26. ^ 2002 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  27. ^ 2002 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  28. ^ 2002 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  29. ^ 2002 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  30. ^ 2002 UK Singles Chart ChartsPlus (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
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  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  34. ^ "American single certifications – Nelly – Hot in Herre". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 6, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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