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Encyclopedia > Next (band)
Next
Background information
Origin Flag of United States Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genre(s) R&B
Years active 1997 – present
Label(s) Music World Entertainment
Members
Robert "R.L." Huggar
Terry "T-Low" Brown
Deponce
Former members
Raphael "Tweety" Brown

Next are an American R&B trio with members Robert "R.L." Huggar, and brothers Terry "T-Low" Brown and Raphael "Tweety" Brown. The group was brought together by the brothers uncle, a local gospel choir director. They began performing under the name Straight4ward. The group trained under and was managed for a time by Ann Nesby from the group Sounds of Blackness. Next was discovered in their home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota by producer/DJ KayGee (of Naughty By Nature). After signing with KayGee's newly formed label Divine Mill (distributed through Arista Records), Next scored mainstream success in the late 90's and early 2000's. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Motto: En Avant (French: Forward) Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota Coordinates: , Country United States State Minnesota Counties Hennepin Government  - Mayor R.T. Rybak (DFL) Area  - City 58. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... R&B was a term previously used to describe Rhythm and blues music, during the 1940s and 1960s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... ... R.L. Huggar (born Robert Lavelle Huggar April 2, 1977) in Minneapolis, MN is an African-American R&B singer most noted for being the frontman for the R&B group Next. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Trio is generally used in any of the following ways: Three musicians playing the same or different musical instrument. ... R.L. Huggar (born Robert Lavelle Huggar April 2, 1977) in Minneapolis, MN is an African-American R&B singer most noted for being the frontman for the R&B group Next. ... Nesby on the cover of her new album In The Spirit released April 18, 2006 Ann Bennett Nesby is an American R&B, gospel, and dance music singer from Joliet, Illinois who started out as the lead vocalist for Sounds Of Blackness. ... Sounds Of Blackness is a gospel music ensemble from Minneapolis Minnesota who scored several big hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the nineties. ... Nickname: Motto: En Avant (French: Forward) Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota Coordinates: , Country United States State Minnesota Counties Hennepin Government  - Mayor R.T. Rybak (DFL) Area  - City 58. ... Naughty by Nature is a US hip hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991, consisted of the MCs Treach, Vinnie and the DJ Kay Gee - the group formed in East Orange, New Jersey, referred to as Illtown in the 1980s. ... Naughty by Nature is an American hip-hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. ... Naughty by Nature is a US hip hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991, consisted of the MCs Treach, Vinnie and the DJ Kay Gee - the group formed in East Orange, New Jersey, referred to as Illtown in the 1980s. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ...

Contents

Debut Album: Rated Next

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Rated Next (1997)

They scored a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with the Kaygee & Darren Lighty Produced "Too Close" (1998), later covered by the British boyband Blue in 2003 and reaching number one in the UK. It samples the 1980 song "Christmas Rapping" by Kurtis Blow. Next also released singles for the song "Butta Love" and "I Still Love You". Both songs got the remix treatment from Naughty By Nature on the first and Big Punisher on the latter. The album featured appearances by RnB songstress Adina Howard, as well as newcomers Koffee Brown, Duganz Shalont, Castro and an appearance by Naughty By Nature. The song "Butta Love" was the first, albeit less successful, single from the album and was certified gold only a month after their albums release. When Next released "Too Close" it helped push both album and single platinum in the same month. The single for "I Still Love You" reached gold status as well. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Too Close is the name of a song performed by R&B vocal group Next. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Blue (boy band) Blue were a successful English boy band similar to other boybands such as A1 consisting of four members: Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Antony Costa, and Simon Webbe. ... Naughty by Nature is an American hip-hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. ... Christopher Lee Rios also known as Big Pun (November 10, 1971 - February 7, Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in the Bronx in the late 1990s. ... Adina Howard (b. ... Koffee Brown Koffee Brown were a Neo (Nu) Soul duo in the early 21st century. ... Naughty by Nature is an American hip-hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. ... Too Close is the name of a song performed by R&B vocal group Next. ...


Next topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top New Pop Artist, Top Hot 100 Singles Artist - Duos/Group, Top R&B Artist - Duos/Group (singles & albums), Top New R&B Artist, Top Hot R&B Singles Artist, Top Hot R&B Singles Artist - Duos/Group, and with the Top Hot 100 Single, Top Hot R&B Single, and Top Hot R&B Single Airplay. The album eventually reached double platinum and the group was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group. [1]


R.L. first branched out as a solo artist in 1999 on Deborah Cox's hit "We Can't Be Friends." Next also appeared on Destiny's Child second CD The Writing's on the Wall on the song "If You Leave Him". It was rumoured that Destiny's Child would collaborate on a Next song as well, however nothing came from this. Next also contributed to the Violator album compilation with rapper Mysonne on the song "Nobody". Deborah Cox (born July 13, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B/House singer. ... Destinys Child was a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B girl group. ... The Writings on the Wall is the second album released by R&B group Destinys Child and their final release as a quartet. ... Destinys Child was a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B girl group. ...


Next also reached a personal goal with a 1998 collaboration for the NFL Jams album with the song "Whatever You Want" featuring Curtis Conway and one of the groups idols, Michael Jackson. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Curtis Scott Conway (born January 13, 1971 in Los Angeles) is a former NFL wide receiver and was a first round 1993 NFL Draft choice wide receiver out of the University of Southern California. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ...


Welcome II Nextasy

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Welcome II Nextasy (2000)

Next's follow album was entitled "Welcome II Nextasy" and included the singles "Wifey" (2000), and "Beauty Queen" (2001), both singles reaching the Billboard top twenty. Next were nominated for both a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Group - R&B. The album reached gold status, but was unfortunately not able to garner the success that their first cd achieved. The album boasted a more well known guest list, including 50 Cent (pre G-unit), Beanie Sigel, reggae artist Red Rat and Renee Neufville from Zhane. The album continued with its predecessors role of being sexually explicit, including such subject matters as masturbation and cybersex (the latter cd including the topic of phone sex). Next released another version of Welcome II Nextasy in 2004. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the currency amount, see 50 cents. ... This article refers to the rapper Beanie Sigel. For the gangster, see Bugsy Siegel. ... Zhané was an American R&B/hip hop soul group, best known for their 1993 hit Hey, Mr. ... Woman masturbating, 1913 drawing by Gustav Klimt. ... Cybersex, computer sex, internet sex or net sex is a virtual sex encounter in which two or more persons connected remotely via a computer network send one another sexually explicit messages describing a sexual experience. ... Phone sex refers to sexually explicit conversation between two or more persons via telephone, especially when at least one of the participants masturbates or engages in sexual fantasy. ...


According to Next's official MySpace page, there is a remix to the song Wifey featuring Big Punisher, but it has not surfaced online. It is assumed, however, that it will become playable on their MySpace at some point. Noticeably on this album, there was no appearance by then labelmates Naughty By Nature, although it is not clear as to what the reasoning may be. Christopher Lee Rios also known as Big Pun (November 10, 1971 - February 7, Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in the Bronx in the late 1990s. ... Naughty by Nature is an American hip-hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. ...


Next also collaborated at this time with new labelmate Jaheim on his single/video "Anything" as well as several background vocals on his debut CD Ghetto Love. After this album Next moved record labels to the newly formed J Records, leaving Arista when label president Clive Davis was removed from his position after nearly 26 years. Next also appeared on the Bad Company soundtrack with the song "Tonite". Jaheim on the cover of his 2006 album Ghetto Classics Jaheim Hoagland (also known simply as Jaheim) is an American R&B singer. ... Ghetto Love is the debut album from R&B singer Jaheim. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award winning record producer and a leading music industry executive. ...


R.L. Goes Solo

RL:ements (2002)
RL:ements (2002)

In 2002, R.L. began work on his solo career. His first release was the single entitled "Good Love" from the Brothers original soundtrack. The song was a departure from Next's overly sexual image and surprised many longtime fans. R.L. than collaborated with rappers Snoop Dogg and Lil' Kim on the Dr. Dolittle 2 soundtrack with the song "Do You Wanna Roll". Next also appeared on the CD with the song entitled "Looking For Love" featuring rapper Lil' Zane (who appeared in the movie). It was rumoured that "Do You Wanna Roll" would be released as a video and a vinyl single was released, however the video never saw the light of day. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


It was then that R.L. began work on his solo album, RL: Ements, without the knowledge of his bandmates (according to member Tweet on his song "Keepin' It Real"). The song "Ghetto" leaked on the internet featuring Jermaine Dupri, however it was re-recorded and eventually featured the rapper Postaboy. Around the same time, a song entitled "Model Chick" leaked, believed to be the first single. The song was eventually scrapped and completely re-worked into the albums official first single "Got Me A Model" featuring Eric Sermon. A remix to the song was also recorded and featured producer Jermaine Dupri. Jermaine Dupri also known simply as JD (born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on September 23, 1973) is an American record producer and rapper. ... Erick Sermon (born November 25, 1968 in Bayshore, New York) is an African-American hip hop musician and record producer. ... Jermaine Dupri also known simply as JD (born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on September 23, 1973) is an American record producer and rapper. ...


The album was released in April of 2002 and unfortunately did not sell as well as expected. A second single and video was released entitled "Good Man". This was the first album released by a member of Next without the direction from longtime collaborator Kaygee.


Together Again

The Next Episode (2002)

In late 2002 Next reformed and released the album "The Next Episode". This album featured no collaborations outside of labelmates and backing vocals by members of rnb girlgroup Lovher. Prior to the recording of the album T-Low had undergone throat surgery and it was a concern that he may not be able to sing again. There was also turmoil within the group due to rumours flying the R.L. had left the group to go solo and that Tweety had left to pursue a movie career. The group, however, resolved their differences for the time and created the album. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The first single was entitled "Imagine That", and much like R.L.'s solo singles, was a step in a very different direction for the group, containing no sexual lyrics. The CD however, remained in the same vein as it's predecessors but not as explicit as past efforts. The album failed to chart well and the groups record deal eventually dissolved. Whether due to sales or if other factors were involved was not made clear.


After J Records

In late 2005, Next's then record company Interscope Records released details of the band's first album in four years. According to reports, Award Winning producers Jermaine Dupri and Rich Harrison would be providing the melodies along with respected songwriters Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Jon Bryant to write lyrics. Next was only briefly signed to Interscope however (under the G-Unit moniker) before the deal dissolved for unknown reasons. Interscope Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Jermaine Dupri also known simply as JD (born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on September 23, 1973) is an American record producer and rapper. ... Rich Harrison is a Grammy winning record producer and song writer from Washington, D.C. // A classically trained pianist and trumpet player, from an early age Harrison demonstrated an exceptional ability to play anything he heard on the radio. ... Kenneth Babyface Edmonds (born April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an R&B and pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entreprenuer. ...


In 2006, while still under the G-Unit/Interscope label, Next released two mixtapes with G-Unit DJ "Whoo Kid." These mixtapes, "The Moisture Mixtape," and "The Next Level" were recorded under the name "The New Next." A song by New Next emerged through YouTube called "Hater In You." Many have taken it is an R&B diss towards 112 and Jagged Edge but R.L. says it is not a diss, rather just showing a little healthy competition. R.L. says it wasn't even necessarily about 112 and Jagged Edge. He says that he was expressing his anger for the music industry and says "the game" is messed up. Hater In You uses the instrumental of Destiny's Child's "Cater 2 U." The song said that Next is going to reemerge in the R&B scene, ready for competition. [2] YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ... 112 (pronounced one-twelve) is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. ... Jagged Edge is an American R&B singing group that were originally signed through Jermaine Dupris So So Def Records to Columbia Records. ... Destinys Child was a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B girl group. ...


Next's Return

In 2006, Next signed to Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment label. On April 2, 2007, R.L. revealed on the Wanda Morning Show in Atlanta, on his 30th birthday, that their new album would be entitled SexToy but Next has now changed it to Next, Lies, and Videotape. The album is almost complete and is slated for a July 2007 release. R.L. is also working on his second solo release, entitled Important. It was originally meant to be released in Japan but R.L. hinted that it may be released in the States as well, on his MySpace page. [3] R.L. has confirmed a that there will be a new member in Next named Deponce due to Tweety choosing not to stay with Next.[4]. R.L. confirmed due to this replacement "New Next" will now be able to release their upcoming album Next, Lies, and Videotape. Mathew Knowles is an American record executive and manager. ...


Members

  • Robert "R.L." Huggar (1997-present)
  • Terry "T-Low" Brown (1997-present)
  • Deponce (2007-present)

Former Members

  • Raphael "Tweety" Brown (1997-2007)

Albums

Cover Information
Image:Nextratednext.jpg Rated Next
  • Released: September 30, 1997
  • Chart positions:
  • U.S. certification: 2x Platinum
  • Singles: "Butta Love", "Too Close", "I Still Love You"
Image:Nextwelcome2nextasy.jpg Welcome II Nextasy
  • Released: June 20, 2000
  • Chart positions:
  • U.S. certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Wifey", "Beauty Queen", "Jerk (Digital Video on Official site at the time)"
The Next Episode
  • Released: December 17, 2002
  • Chart positions:
  • U.S. certification:
  • Singles: "Imagine That"

September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

Trivia

  • The band's name Next is an acronym for "No one ever expected this."
  • Next's motto is "We don't want fans, we want friends."
  • R.L., T-Low, and Tweety all have the Next logo tattooed on their right arm.
  • The original Next all have children. R.L. has a son, T-Low has a daughter, and Tweety has two sons. One of Tweet's sons, "Tweet, Jr.", is in Next's I Still Love You music video.
  • Tweety is an avid fan of the martial arts and practices it in his spare time. He is a huge fan of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
  • Next has a new member named Deponce who replaced Tweety.

Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), is an American R&B/pop singer and actor who rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s. ... Jaheim on the cover of his 2006 album Ghetto Classics Jaheim Hoagland (also known simply as Jaheim) is an American R&B singer. ... Destinys Child was a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B girl group. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... iDEAL is an Internet payment method in The Netherlands, based on online banking. ... RonReaco Lee is an young up and coming african american actor. ... Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948 in Harlem, New York, USA) is an African-American television and film actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Bruce Lee (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century. ...

Awards/Nominations

  • American Music Awards
    • 1999, Favorite R&B/Soul Band,Duo or Group: (Nominated)
    • 1999, Favorite New R&B/Soul New Artist: (Nominated)
  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2001, Best R&B/Soul Album by a Band, Duo or Group: Welcome II Nextasy (Nominated)
    • 1999, Best R&B/Soul Single by a Band, Duo or Group: "Too Close" (Winner)

The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

External links

  • Official Myspace
  • Fansite

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