292 fans have purchased tickets today to Next concerts.
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|Bobby Brown, SWV, Jagged Edge, Next, Shai & Troop||
Greek Theatre - Los Angeles CA
Los Angeles, CA , Saturday
Next is an R&B group formed in Minnesota, U.S. in the 1990s. There they received musical training and mentorship from Ann Nesby of gospel group Sounds of Blackness.
Close friends R.L. Huggar, Terry Brown, and Raphael Brown originally performed under the name Straight4ward before changing it to their musical alias Next. They gained fame in Minneapolis in the late 1990s and were sought after by Naughty by Nature DJ KayGee. He immediately signed them to his record label Divine Mill, which was a component of Arista Records.
Next’s debut album “Rated Next” dropped in September 1997 to mainstream success and many new fans. The album featured guest artists like Naughty By Nature, Adina Brown, Castro, and Koffee Brown. The single “Too Close” exploded on the airwaves, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks and was declared as song of the year in 1998 by Billboard Magazine. Next’s first album was certified double platinum. Next received a nomination for “Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group” at the American Music Awards that year.
The band’s sophomore album “Welcome II Nextasy” was released in 2000 to moderate success but did not do as well as their first album. The song “Wifey” reached #7 on the Hot 100 and No.1 on the R&B Singles chart. Another track off of “Welcome II Nextasy” called “Beauty Queen” made it to the Billboard top twenty. The group received a nomination at the Soul Train Music Awards in “Best R&B/Soul Album: Group, Band or Duo” that year. Shortly after the debut of their second album, Next transferred to J Records for a short stint. They produced “The Next Episode” under J Records while RL simultaneously branched off to work on independent projects.
In 2006 Next collaborated with DJ Whoo Kid from G-Unit on two mixtapes: “The Moisture Mixtape” and “The Next Level” without member Raphael Brown. Next’s music has heavy influences from gospel choir and their music is compared to R&B artists Dru Hill and BLACKstreet.