‘Closer’ is about having the desire to to get closer to a girl. In an interview with The Boston Globe, Ne-Yo said: “I knew I wanted to do something that was very much UK inspired, very much along the lines of house, trance, techno, but I knew I couldn’t do a straight up house record or a straight up techno record. I had to do something that had elements of it but still had elements of R&B, which is my base, and that’s exactly what that track was. Stargate played the track, and it was exactly where I wanted to go anyway. I think that’s why we work. We’re getting to the point where we finish each other’s sentences musically.”
Release Date: April 15, 2008
Songwriter/s: Mikkel S. Eriksen – Tor Erik Hermansen – Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith
Label: Def Jam
UK – 1
US – 7
Germany – 4
In the UK, the song peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Charts, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Silver for sales over 200.000 copies. In the US it reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 2 on the Mainstream Top 40 and topped the Dance Club Songs charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 2 million copies. In Poland it topped the charts, and in other countries it reached the top 10 charts such as Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Slovakia. ‘Closer’ was certified Platinum in Australia and New Zealand, in Denmark and Italy it was certified Gold.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Shaffer Chimere Smith aka Ne-Yo was 29 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Ice Cream Fire – The higher – Kenai – Call it Karma – Blue Dog & Sponge Cake – Laura White – Madam Parker – The xx – Denise Laurei – Sonna Rele – Boyce Avenue (acoustic) – So To Say (acoustic) – AHMIR – Cassius Henry – David Sides (piano cover) – Chantelle Redman – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.