Ne-Yo told Artist Direct about this Euro-disco sounding track: "I spent a lot of time in Europe last year, and the first single on the album is definitely inspired by that. It's called 'Closer,' and it has a dance, trance-type feel to it. Pretty much all the music over in Europe is like that. They'll put that four-on-the-floor beat over 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' if you let them [laughs]. You feel it. It's energy, and it's sexy. It's kind of dark, and I dig it. So I gave it a try. It's a little different for me, but not too much."
The Norwegian production team Stargate produced this.
This topped the UK chart after an eight week climb. It was the first single to reach #1 on the UK single chart as late as eight weeks into its chart career since "Heartbeat/Tragedy" by Steps hit the top in January 1999 on its eighth week on sale.
Ne-Yo explained the inspiration behind this track to The Boston Globe September 18, 2008: "I knew I wanted to do something that was very much U.K.-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."