Too Close (Next song)

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"Too Close"
Next - Too Close.jpg
Single by Next
from the album Rated Next
Released September 30, 1997
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre R&B
Length 4:20
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Kay Gee, Terry Brown, Robert Huggar, Raphael Brown
Producer(s) Kay Gee
Next singles chronology
"Butta Love"
"Too Close"
"I Still Love You"
"Butta Love"
"Too Close"
"I Still Love You"
Music video
"Too Close" on YouTube

"Too Close" is a song by American R&B group Next, featuring uncredited vocals from Vee of Koffee Brown. It was released in September 1997 as the second single from their debut album Rated Next (1997).

The song reached number one on the US Hot 100 and R&B charts and has gone Platinum making it their biggest and best known hit. In the 1998 US Billboard End-Year chart, the song reached number one. It contains a sample of "Christmas Rappin'" by Kurtis Blow. "Too Close" was a massive hit on Urban Contemporary radio stations by its fourth month of airplay in January 1998 and still the most played single by Next.


According to Billboard, on the song "R.L, Terry and Raphael moan and groan about their female dance partner's 'grindin and 'shakin -- and their respective bulges as a result -- atop a Chicago-style step dance production."[1]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Blue version[edit]

"Too Close"
Blue close.jpg
Single by Blue
from the album All Rise
Released 27 August 2001
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B
Length 3:47
Label Virgin, Innocent
Songwriter(s) Kier Gist, Darren Lighty, Robert Huggar, Raphael Brown, Robert Ford Jr., Denzil Miller, James B. Moore, Kurtis Walker, Larry Smith
Producer(s) Ray Ruffin, Cutfather & Joe[a]
Blue singles chronology
"All Rise"
"Too Close"
"If You Come Back"
"All Rise"
"Too Close"
"If You Come Back"

In 2001, English boy band Blue released a cover version of the song as the second single from their debut studio album All Rise (2001). The track was released on 24 August 2001 and became their first number one UK single produced by multi-platinum producer Ray Ruffin. It also reached number five in Australia and number seventeen in Ireland, and number one in New Zealand, where the Next version had also been a number-one hit. The song has received a silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The band traveled to New York City to film the music video, and whilst there, they witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center. The following month, Blue were being interviewed by British newspaper The Sun and Ryan commented that "This New York thing is being blown out of proportion" and asked "What about whales? They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and that's more important." The other members of the band tried to silence Ryan, but he went on.[20] This caused a huge media backlash that resulted in Blue losing a record deal in the United States[20] and campaigns to sack Ryan from the group.[21]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Too Close" (Radio Edit) – 3:45
  2. "Too Close" (Blacksmith R&B Club Rub) – 5:41
  3. "Too Close" (Instrumental) – 3:45
  4. "Too Close" (Video) – 4:11
UK cassette
  1. "Too Close" (Radio Edit) – 3:45
  2. "Too Close" (Blacksmith R&B Club Rub) – 5:41



In 2015, the song regained attention through the popularity of the internet meme, "Why You Always Lying" by Nicholas Fraser. The parody gained fame within social media (most notably Vine and Twitter) because of the comically poor production quality and relatable theme. Replacing the line "Baby when we're grinding" with "Why the f*** you lying," and similarly for following phrases, the song initially referenced an untrustworthy girl who failed to keep her promise of hooking him up with her cute friend. Currently, the original Vine has been viewed over 76.1 million times,[34] and has been extended into a full music video for YouTube, which has gained over 16 million views as of March 2016.[35] Fraser also performed the parody along with the former Next member RL on the MTV2 show Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne.[36][37]


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  20. ^ a b "Lee Ryan's 9/11 gaffe". Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ Vanroxx, Robert (October 26, 2001). "Who give a f*** about New York when whales and elephants are dying?". The Sun. News UK. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
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  25. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 25 August 2001. p. 61. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
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  34. ^ Fraser, Nicholas (August 29, 2015). "When she say she got a cute friend for you". Vine. Vine. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  35. ^ Downgoes Fraser (September 14, 2015), Ig-@Downgoes.Fraser (OFFICIAL FULL LENGTH!!) Why You Always Lying video, retrieved March 8, 2016 
  36. ^ Lynch, Allison (September 11, 2015). "This ‘Why you always lying?’ meme is the internet’s new obsession". Metro News UK. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  37. ^ "90’s Group Next’s "Too Close" Song & Video Gets A Little Boost After "Why You Lyin'" Video Goes Viral". Spaced Out Magazine Radio. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 

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