Flo Rida is a huge hitmaker in the world of hip hop and rap and hit it big from the start, with his first single hitting No. 1 on the charts. Since then, Flo Rida has released four studio albums with a fifth on the way and has become one of the top names in music. With much more music to come from the award-winning performer, here are five things you didn’t know about Flo Rida.
5. Flo Rida’s debut single was the most downloaded of the decade
Flo Rida released his debut single “Low” in 2007 and was an immediate star. Not only did “Low” hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts but it was digitally downloaded over 5.2 million times and was the top-selling digital song of the entire decade. The song spent 10 weeks at the top of the charts, which was also the longest reign of any song in 2008. It ended up eight-times platinum.
4. He also has the highest-selling digital download of all time
As if having the best-selling digital download from 2000-2009 wasn’t enough, Flo Rida one-upped himself already. The song “Right Round” from his next album was even bigger than “Low.” Released in 2009, it became the highest-selling digital debut single, selling 636,000 digital downloads the first week it was released. Adele has since broken that record with “Hello.” “Right Round” ended up as Flo Rida’s best-selling single of his career, with over 12 million downloads.
3. Flo Rida has started a pair of huge charity foundations
Many rap stars have bad reputations outside of the music industry, but Flo Rida has proven to be willing to give back to the community. He has started two charity foundations to help underprivileged children. These are the Florida Youth Football League and the Big Dreams for Kids Foundation.
2. Flo Rida appeared at WrestleMania
Flo Rida has appeared at a pair of WWE events, starting with their biggest show of the year. In 2012, Flo Rida appeared at WrestleMania XXVIII and took part in an angle where he got physical with a wrestler named Heath Slater. He also sang a pair of songs at the event with “Wild Ones” and “Good Feeling.” He returned in December and sang at the Tribute to the Troops event that the WWE holds for soldiers overseas.
1. Inspiration in Death
On a down note, Flo Rida founds inspiration through the death of his sister due to bronchitis. Her death occurred when he was working on an early album and he has said that it made him work even harder to finish that album. While his songs are all about happy moments, it was this tragedy in his life that inspired him to succeed in the music industry.
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