One Step Closer (S Club Juniors song)

"One Step Closer" is the debut single of British pop group S Club Juniors, written by Cathy Dennis, Mike Percy, and Tim Lever. Produced by Nick Foster and Mike Rose, it was released as the first single from their first album, Together (2002). "One Step Closer" was issued on 22 April 2002 in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, losing out to the number-one spot by 1,000 copies.[1] The song served as the theme for the US reality television series American Juniors (2003).

"One Step Closer"
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Single by S Club Juniors
from the album Together
B-side
Released22 April 2002 (2002-04-22)
StudioRose & Foster (London, England)
Length3:08
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
S Club Juniors singles chronology
"One Step Closer"
(2002)
"Automatic High"
(2002)
Frankie Sandford singles chronology
"One Step Closer"
(2002)
"Automatic High"
(2002)

CompositionEdit

Frankie Sandford sings the first verse. Calvin Goldspink sings the first part of the first and the third bridges. Jay Asforis sings the second part of the first and the third bridges and the first part of the second bridge. Daisy Evans sings the second verse. Hannah Richings sings a backing vocal during the second verse. Stacey McClean sings the second part of the second bridge and backing vocals during the final chorus. Rochelle Wiseman sings backing vocals in the final chorus. Aaron Renfree does not have any solos in this song. Recording was produced by Tim Lever and done at Hollywood's famed Radio Recorders by engineer Jordan Winsen.

Release and chart performanceEdit

The single was released in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2002.[2] During its first week on sale, it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, selling approximately 84,400 copies.[1] It remained within the top 40 for 11 weeks, until mid-July. In Ireland, the song peaked at number five. It also entered the top 20 of the European Hot 100 Singles chart, reaching number 14.

Music videoEdit

The video shows the band in a classroom which changes into a disco. The noise attracts the attention of the headmaster (played by Lee Cornes) who arrives only to find it a classroom again.

Track listingsEdit

UK CD1[3]

  1. "One Step Closer"
  2. "Reach" (special S Club 7 and S Club Juniors version)
  3. "Together"
  4. "One Step Closer" (CD-ROM)

UK CD2[4]

  1. "One Step Closer"
  2. "One Step Closer" (karaoke version)
  3. "S Club Juniors Girls Reveal Their Secrets to the S Club 7 Boys"

UK cassette single[5]

  1. "One Step Closer"
  2. "One Step Closer" (acapella version)

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits are lifted from the Together album booklet.[6]

Studios

  • Recorded at Rose & Foster Studios (London, England)
  • Mastered at Transfermation (London, England)

Personnel

  • Cathy Dennis – writing
  • Mike Percy – writing
  • Tim Lever – writing
  • Paul Gendler – guitars
  • Nina Cockburn – violin
  • Nick Foster – production, arrangement
  • Mike Rose – production, arrangement
  • Jewels & Stone – additional production and mix
  • Dean Murphy – recording
  • Ben Foster – additional arrangement and score
  • Richard Dowling – mastering

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

American Juniors versionEdit

"One Step Closer"
 
Single by American Juniors
from the album Kids in America
Released12 August 2003 (2003-08-12)
Length3:05
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)

"One Step Closer" was covered by American Juniors, recorded by the ten finalists on the American Juniors television program, not just the five who won. It was released by Jive Records on 12 August 2003.[14] This version reached number two in Canada but did not chart in the US.

Track listingEdit

  1. "One Step Closer"
  2. "Kids in America" (pop mix)
  3. "Kids in America" (rock mix)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[15] 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jones, Alan (4 May 2002). "Chart Commentary". Music Week. p. 15. Sugababes Freak Like Me hit eventually sold nearly 85,500 copies, about 1,000 more than their rivals' One Step Closer.
  2. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting 22 April 2002" (PDF). Music Week. 20 April 2002. p. 35. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  3. ^ One Step Closer (UK CD1 liner notes). S Club Juniors. Polydor Records, 19 Recordings. 2002. 5707322.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ One Step Closer (UK CD2 liner notes). S Club Juniors. Polydor Records, 19 Recordings. 2002. 5707332.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ One Step Closer (UK cassette single sleeve). S Club Juniors. Polydor Records, 19 Recordings. 2002. 5707324.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Together (UK CD album booklet). S Club Juniors. Polydor Records, 19 Recordings. 2002. 0652502.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 20, no. 21. 18 May 2002. p. 8. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – One Step Closer". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 April 2002.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 April 2002.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2002". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2002. Archived from the original on 2 June 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  12. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2002" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – S Club Juniors – One Step Closer". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Jive Slates 'American Juniors' Single, Album". Billboard. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  15. ^ "American Juniors Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 December 2020.