World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Closer (Ne-Yo song)

Article Id: WHEBN0016655102
Reproduction Date:

Title: Closer (Ne-Yo song)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Ne-Yo, Miss Independent (Ne-Yo song), Stargate (production team), 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, X Factor (Germany season 3)
Collection: 2008 Singles, 2008 Songs, Billboard Dance Club Songs Number-One Singles, Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Number-One Singles, Dance-Pop Songs, Music Videos Directed by Melina Matsoukas, NE-Yo Songs, Singles Certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, Singles Certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, Song Recordings Produced by Stargate (Production Team), Songs About Sexuality, Songs Written by Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Songs Written by NE-Yo, Songs Written by Tor Erik Hermansen, Uk R&B Singles Chart Number-One Singles, Uk Singles Chart Number-One Singles
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Closer (Ne-Yo song)

Single by Ne-Yo
from the album Year of the Gentleman
Released April 15, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:54
Label Def Jam
Writer(s) Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Shaffer Smith
Producer(s) Stargate, Ne-Yo
Certification 4x Platinum (RIAA), (RIANZ)[1]
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"Finer Things"
"Miss Independent"

"Closer" is a song by American R&B singer Ne-Yo. The song was written and produced by Ne-Yo and Stargate.[2] It was released as the lead single from Ne-Yo's third studio album Year of the Gentleman (2008).

"Closer" reached number one in the UK, scoring Ne-Yo his second UK number one, following 2006's "So Sick". "Closer" became the fifteenth biggest selling single in the UK in 2008 according to BBC Radio 1's chart of the year. The song and its music video were used in a commercial for in early 2008. The commercial was also used as promotional tool for Year of the Gentleman.


  • Background 1
  • Chart performance 2
  • Music video 3
  • Track listing 4
  • Remixes 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • Cover versions 7
  • Charts and certifications 8
    • Weekly charts 8.1
    • Year-end charts 8.2
    • Certifications 8.3
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


"Closer" marked a musical departure for Ne-Yo, taking on a dance-pop style over the more rhythmic and urban sound his songs usually possess. In the song, Ne-Yo sings of having an urging attraction to a woman he sees, having the desire to "come closer" to her. His attraction to her becomes stronger, and almost hypnotic, as he sings "And I just can't pull myself away, under a spell I can't break/I just can't stop." The song was featured in episodes of The CW shows Gossip Girl and 90210.

Speaking in May 2008 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the inspiration behind the song: "It was very much inspired by just the vibe of some of these house and techno clubs we went to while we were in London. You know, kinda smoky, kinda dark and mysterious... With just that constant, four-on-the-floor house beat that just really gets bashed into your skull the whole time you're there, by the way the music makes you feel. I basically tried to capture that energy and put the Ne-Yo spin on it. And 'Closer' was the end result."[3]

Chart performance

"Closer" is Ne-Yo's most successful single in Europe, and in general. It debuted at number twenty-two on the UK Singles Chart, and managed a peak of number one based on downloads alone after seven weeks on the chart. Upon the release of the physical CD single, "Closer" climbed to number-one, becoming his second UK number one, following "So Sick", "Closer" spent 11 weeks in the UK Top 10. In Ireland, "Closer" initially peaked at number-twelve for four weeks before jumping to number-three. It has peaked at number four on the German Singles Chart, becoming his highest charting single there. It recently debuted at No. 37 in Italy. In addition it has peaked in the top ten or top twenty in Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

In the United States "Closer" peaked at number-seven, becoming his seventh top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. While having a relatively weak peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs for a Ne-Yo song, peaking outside of the top twenty at No. 21, "Closer" has instead had surprising success on Top 40 radio. After losing its bullet and falling down the charts on CHR/Top 40, suddenly the track exploded and frequently had the biggest bullet on pop radio, at times with over +1000. It has become his biggest U.S. radio hit, despite the lack of Urban airplay, becoming his first song to top the Hot 100 Airplay chart. As of August 2011, "Closer" has sold nearly 2,000,000 digital downloads in the US alone, making it Ne-Yo's best-selling song as a lead artist.[4]

The song jumped fifteen spots from number-twenty to number five on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart and reached a peak of number-three, it has also been certified Platinum with sales of over 15,000.[1] In Australia, "Closer" debuted at number-seventeen on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and has thus far peaked at 8, and is his second top ten single after "So Sick".

Music video

The video was filmed at Santa Clara Studios, California.[5] It was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also directed his "Because of You" and "Do You" video. Ne-Yo wore a "gentleman-looking" suit dancing with a woman. Other shots also show him alone in the center of the spotlight being backed up with four dancers, or with a Matchless motorcycle. A number of on-set pictures from the video leaked over the Internet.

The video premiered on BET on April 25, playing every hour of the day with the last airing being at 7 pm.[6] It features Ne-Yo performing dance moves, with lyrics from the song occasionally appearing on-screen.

The video was nominated in the "Best Dancing in a Video" category at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, but it lost to Pussycat Dolls's "When I Grow Up" which would appear in Dance Dance Revolution a year later.

Track listing

  • UK CD Single
  1. "Closer" – 3:54
  2. "Closer" (Agent X Bassline Remix) – 5:22
  3. "Closer" (Instrumental) – 3:54
  4. "Closer" (Video)


  1. "Closer" (StoneBridge Club Remix) – 7:36
  2. "Closer" (Subkulcha House Remix) – 7:22
  3. "Closer" (Cotto's Club Mix) – 7:56
  4. "Closer" (Cotto's Can't Stop Remix) – 7:25
  5. "Closer" (StoneBridge Dub) – 6:37
  6. "Closer" (G Music Remix)
  7. "Closer" (Tha Bizness)
  8. "Closer" (X-Mix Remix)

Awards and nominations

This song was number 60 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[7] The song was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, while the Stonebridge Radio Edit was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical[8] for the 51st Grammy Awards, which were held on February 8, 2009.

Cover versions

  • Los Angeles based modern rock/pop band, Ice Cream Fire covered the song on their 6-song demo, released via their websites in 2011.
  • Las Vegas pop rock band The Higher covered the song on their June 2009 release It's Only Natural.
  • UK-based rock band Kenai have covered the song as a download-only release. Michigan band Call It Karma and Colorado band Blue Dog And Sponge Cake have also covered the song.[9]
  • Laura White covered the song in the summer of 2009 at festivals she was playing at.
  • Australian Idol 2008 finalist Madam Parker covered this song on the Top 12 Idol's Idols night and was safe on the following verdict show. Parker recorded a cover for that season's Top 10 Cast Album.
  • Romy Madley Croft of UK Mercury Music Prize winning band The xx covered the song in 2009. The cover was produced by UK electronic pop producers Kwes and Micachu and is featured in the two producer's collaborative mixtape – Kwesachu Vol.1.

Charts and certifications

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Ne-Yo's 'Gentleman' Inspired By Davis, Sinatra at Billboard
  3. ^ Ne-Yo interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' June 2008
  4. ^
  5. ^ Top Billboard Today – Online Accessed July 8, 2008
  6. ^ Nigel D (2008-04-11). Ne-Yo On The Set Of His New Video For Closer Real Talk NY. Accessed April 22, 2008.
  7. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2009-01-12
  8. ^ Coldplay, Jay-Z and Ne-Yo Lead Grammy Nominations Accessed February 8, 2009
  9. ^
  10. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  11. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  12. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  13. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Ne-Yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200840 into search. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  16. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". Tracklisten. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  17. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Ne-Yo. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  18. ^ "Ne-Yo: Closer" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  19. ^ " – Ne-Yo Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  20. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  21. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  22. ^ "Chart Track: Week 27, 2008". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  23. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". Top Digital Download. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  24. ^ "Ne-yo – Chart history" Japan Hot 100 for Ne-yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  25. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ne-Yo search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  26. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  27. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". VG-lista. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  28. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200835 into search. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  29. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". Singles Top 60. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  30. ^ " – Ne-Yo – Closer". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  31. ^ "5, 2008/ Archive Chart: July 5, 2008" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 Sep 10.
  32. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ne-Yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  33. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Ne-Yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  34. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Ne-Yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  35. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Ne-Yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  36. ^ "Ne-Yo – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Ne-Yo. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  37. ^
  38. ^
  39. ^
  40. ^
  41. ^
  42. ^ [1]
  43. ^
  44. ^
  45. ^
  46. ^
  47. ^
  48. ^
  49. ^
  50. ^
  51. ^
  52. ^ Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Ne-Yo in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  54. ^ Enter Closer in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  55. ^ If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.