Release date: November 2010
5.0 is the sixth studio album by American hip hop artist Nelly, which was released on November 12, 2010 through Universal Motown and his own label Derrty Entertainment. The album was preceded by the singles "Just a Dream", "Move That Body" and "Long Gone" which were released in August, October and November 2010 respectively.
In 2009 Nelly made a public announcement in Las Vegas that he was recording a new album in Las Vegas and he also told DJ Semtex that he was planning to release a self-titled album in the first quarter of 2010. In an interview with MTV's Shaheem Reid, the rapper said that he was fueled by the lukewarm reception of his previous albums to produce something better. "As an artist, you want to wake up every day and feel like you're doing something people don't think you can do. Now I feel like I've been put in that position again, where it's more doubt than expectancy. The doubt is what fuels me, so to speak. I've been real fortunate where I have great people around me. Everybody wants to freakin' work with me — not that everybody didn't before, but it's different because I didn't work with a lot of people. Coming into this situation, it's beautiful."
Nelly announced that the album would be titled 5.0. The title was inspired by his 2011 Ford Mustang, which is also on the album artwork. He said, "It's a lot of things, it's also my fifth drop date, it's just the energy of it all, 5.0 was always one of my dream cars."
The rapper T.I. features in a track on the album, called "She So Fly", produced by Smash Factory according to a video in the studio. Hoping to recreate the success of their 2002 Billboard chart-topping single "Dilemma", Nelly has also worked with Kelly Rowland for the sequel record titled "Gone", produced by Jim Jonsin and written by Rico Love. He has collaborated with actress Taraji P. Henson on a Jermaine Dupri-produced song, however it was confirmed later that Taraji was unable to perform on the record.
In the United States, 5.0 debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 for the week of November 24, 2010, selling 63,000 copies. It also entered at number one on Billboard's Top Rap Albums and number two on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album debuted the same week on the Canadian Albums Chart at number nineteen.