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Round & Round
Round & Round
Featured Artist(s) Selena Gomez
Album A Year Without Rain
Released June 22, 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre Electropop, dance-pop
Format Digital download
Length 3:05
Writer(s) Kevin Rudolf, Andrew Bolooki, Fefe Dobson, Jeff Halavacs, Jacob Kasher
Producer(s) Kevin Rudolf, Andrew Bolooki, Jeff Halavacs

"Round & Round" is a song by American band Selena Gomez & the Scene. The song was written and produced by Kevin Rudolf, Andrew Bolooki, and Jeff Halavacs, and co-written by Jacob Kasher and Fefe Dobson. It was released on June 22, 2010 as the lead single from the band's second album, A Year Without Rain (2010). "Round & Round" is an electronica-based dance-pop song with rock and disco beats. The song received positive reviews, with critics taking note of the song's instant attraction beyond the expected demographic. It peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's highest charting single in the United States at the time. It charted moderately in several international markets, including Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Gomez & the Scene performed the song multiple times.

Composition and lyrics

"Round & Round" is a dance-pop song with a length of three minutes and eight seconds, composed by Kevin Rudolf, Andrew Bolooki, and Jeff Halavacs, Jacob Kasher and Fefe Dobson. The song is also disco-influenced electropop, with an uptempo dance vibe, featuring a light rock edge during the verses. Mikael Wood of Billboard said the song "rides a fist-pumping electro groove." According to Amar Toor of AOL Radio Blog, the song pulls influence from Kylie Minogue circa 2001. The song's lyrics speak of a relationship going around in circles. The song's middle eight is a sing-speak breakdown, in which Gomez raps her lyrics in a Ke$ha-esque fashion.

Reception

Critical reception

Bill Lamb of About.com praised Gomez's vocal maturity and rock edge likely thanks to producer Kevin Rudolf, calling the song "effortless" and would "sound good after months of airplay." Lamb commented the song was "catchy" and "will catch adult listeners right away", even though it was not deep and "pure fluff." Lamb also predicted with Miley Cyrus, "exploring adulthood around the corner, and threatening to leave pop music entirely, Selena Gomez is set to take the female teen pop crown in crowd pleasing fashion." Tim Sendra of Allmusic said that the song was "well sung" and noted it as one of the top tracks on the album. Becky Bain of Idolator said the song had an "infectious tune", and said "might actually be the song to get the non-Disney-centric demographic interested in Selena’s tunes." Although commenting that the "glossy electro-pop rock" of the song showed a sophisticated side of Gomez, and the lyrics showed emotional growth, Robert Cospey of Digital Spy said the good work was squandered by the "rusty" chorus. Overall, Copsey complimented Gomez for "avoiding the predictable Hilary/Miley teen-rawk route" and recommended she stay under the Disney umbrella to "perfect her craft further."

Chart performance

Propelled by a debut at number fifteen on the US Hot Digital Songs chart, "Round & Round" debuted at number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's second consecutive top thirty single in the United States. It also appeared on the Billboard charts the Hot Dance Club Play and Pop Songs charts at two and thirty-four. However, it did not match the peaks of its predecessor "Naturally" on those charts, where the latter peaked at one and twelve. The song performed moderately in international markets. It reached fifty-one on the Canadian Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, it reached forty-seven, and was on the chart for three consecutive weeks. "Round & Round" charted in the top sixty in Austria, and Germany, and appeared on the Belgian Flanders tip chart, as well as charting in Slovakia.

Music video

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Round & Round03:26

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Round & Round

The filming of the video was made by Phillip Andelman, and took place in late May 2010 in Budapest, Hungary during the filming of her film, Monte Carlo. Gomez posted two previews of the song on her Twitter on June 17, 2010 to precede the video's premiere on June 20, 2010 on Disney Channel and subsequently VEVO. Along with singing on a stage with the Scene, the video features Gomez acting as a secret agent and donning spy apparel, as she plants bugs, takes photos, passes off packages, and other duties. She is then caught and involved in a chase throughout the city. Nadine Cheung of AOL JSYK said, "We love the storyline for the video and how it's mixed in with performance shots of Selena and her band the Scene. Of course, the 17-year-old star is decked out in amazing outfits, no matter if she's rocking out on stage or being followed by cloaked agents."

Live performances

  1. The song was performed by the band on America's Got Talent on July 14, 2010.
  2. From August 14, 2010, the song was performed on the Selena Gomez & the Scene: Live in Concert tour.
  3. It was also performed on Good Morning America on September 23, 2010 along with "A Year Without Rain".
  4. While promoting in the United Kingdom, Gomez appeared on Daybreak on September 27, 2010.
  5. The band performed the song on Blue Peter on September 28, 2010.
  6. Gomez performed the song on MTV's The Seven on October 1, 2010.
  7. Beginning October 20, 2010, Selena Gomez & the Scene performed the song on the A Year Without Rain Tour.
  8. Beginning July 24, 2011, Selena Gomez & the Scene performed the song on the We Own the Night Tour.
  9. On January 19, 2013, Gomez performed the song at the UNICEF Charity Concert.
  10. Beginning August 14, 2013, Gomez performed the song on the Stars Dance Tour.

Lyrics

(Round & Round)
Round & Round
Round & Round
Round & Round

You see me standing there
And act like you don't know me
But last night you were calling me
Saying you want me

Oh why you always make me feel
Like I'm the one that's crazy
You feel my heart racing
My, my heart racing

[Chorus:]
Boy, I need you here with me
We can't go on this way
I'm falling hard for you
All I can say
We're going round & round
We're never gonna stop going round & round
We'll never get where we're going
Round & round
Well you're gonna miss me
Cause I'm getting dizzy going
Round & round & round

You come to pull me close
And whisper in my ear
You always told me lies
I've cried out all my tears
I push my feelings to the side
But then you bring them back
Bring them back
Now you got me singing

[Chorus:]
Boy, I need you here with me
We can't go on this way
I'm falling hard for you
All I can say
We're going round & round
We're never gonna stop going round & round
We'll never get where we're going
Round & round
Well you're gonna miss me
Cause I'm getting dizzy going
Round & round & round

Love me or love me not
I'm staring at the clock
I pick them flower petals off
And then I watch them drop [x2]

[Chorus:]
Boy, I need you here with me
We can't go on this way
I'm falling hard for you
All I can say
We're going round & round
We're never gonna stop going round & round
We'll never get where we're going
Round & round
Well you're gonna miss me
Cause I'm getting dizzy going
Round & round & round

We're never gonna stop going
Round & round
We'll never get where we're going
Round & round
Well you're gonna miss me
Cause I'm getting dizzy going
Round & round & round

Uoh uoh uoh
Uoh uoh uoh
Uoh uoh uoh

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