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Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Years Active: 1997–present
Genres: R&B

Next is an American R&B musical group, popular during the late 1990s. They are best known for their hit singles "Too Close" and "Wifey". They are also known for their featuring act at Jaheim's "Anything".

Next's debut album, “Rated Next,” was released in September 1997. The album featured appearances by R&B singer Adina Howard,, Castro and an appearance by Naughty By Nature. Their debut single, "Butta Love" became a top five (#4) R&B hit, while going top twenty (#16) Pop, in the fall of 1997. Their second single "Too Close" peaked at number one on both Billboard's Hot 100 and R&B Singles chart, the former for five weeks, and was named the number one song of 1998 by Billboard Magazine. "I Still Love You," the albums third and final single, went top twenty (#14) Pop and was RIAA-certified Gold. Also in 1998, Next recorded "Whatever You Want" (which featured Curtis Conway) for the “NFL Jams” compilation album.

In addition to this, 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. “Rated Next” was certified double platinum.

In 1999, Next also appeared on Destiny's Child recorded "If You Leave" for their second album “The Writing's on the Wall” and contributed "Nobody" to the Violator compilation with rapper Mysonne. Also, the same year, group member R.L. dueted with Deborah Cox on her top ten hit "We Can't Be Friends".

Next's second album “Welcome II Nextasy” was released in 2000 amd featured guests included: Beanie Sigel, reggae artist Red Rat, Renee Neufville (from Zhane), as well as a then fledgling 50 Cent. The albums first single "Wifey" (Raj Saund) topped the R&B Singles chart, while peaking at number seven on the Hot 100. The follow up single "Beauty Queen," however, peaked at a modest number forty-eight R&B, while failing to chart on the Hot 100 at all. Subsequently, while the album was Gold certified, it failed to ultimately mirror the success of their debut.

Next returned with their third album, “The Next Episode” in late 2002. The first single from the album was "Imagine That", which was relatively tame compared to the group's known penchant toward raunchier material. The album, though, failed to chart well.