The last time Nelly and Kelly Rowland collaborated, they scored a pop smash with their 2002 hit "Dilemma," which was named one of the most popular songs of the decade by Billboard.
Now, eight years later, the duo are reuniting to give it another go, but to hear Nelly explain it, the forthcoming track "Gone" isn't a sequel to "Dilemma." Rather, the song, from Nelly's upcoming release 5.0, is an "update."
"I don't want to say it's a sequel. I don't want to diminish anything with 'Dilemma' or have an expectation you can't live up to when you do that," Nelly told MTV News. "When you do that type of thing, there's people who are already, 'I don't wanna hear it. It's supposed to be "Dilemma." ' You already being negative [before] pushing the button!
"It's one of those things where we did reconnect," he continued. "Our chemistry has already proven to be good, whether it was onstage or in the studio. It was something that we wanted to reconnect with. It was produced by Jim Jonsin. ... It's a cool joint. I think people will get it. It can never be 'Dilemma,' but we wanted to extend the story. It's continuing the story a little bit more, seeing her again."
Before "Gone" hits the airwaves, however, Nelly is riding high off the success of "Just a Dream" cracking the top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. The record, also produced by Jonsin, is Nelly's return to the charts in the wake of his commercially disappointing last album, 2008's Brass Knuckles. He credited his fans with the song's success.
"It's always great when your fans come out and support [you] anytime in your career," he said about the achievement. "But definitely after 10 years, and when you haven't been quite on the scene as much as your fans would like you to, but when they do get a glimpse of you and they feel good, it also makes you feel good."
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