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"Right Round" is Flo Rida's first single from his second studio album, R.O.O.T.S. The song was released for airplay on January 20, 2009, and reached number one in the United Statesmarker, Canadamarker, Australia, Irelandmarker, and the UKmarker. It is heavily based around Dead or Alive's 1984 single "You Spin Me Round ".

Background

Flo Rida's A&R at Atlantic Records brought the beat for "Right Round" to Flo Rida's attention. They went to the studio to experiment, and matched the song to the "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" theme. DJ and audio mixer Dr. Luke provided the Dead or Alive sample. He produced the track and Flo Rida recorded his vocals onto it.

For the song's first three weeks on the Billboard charts, it was credited solely to Flo Rida. Kesha's name was added as featured performer for the next two weeks. Then Atlantic Records requested the song be credited solely to Flo Rida and Kesha's name was removed for the rest of the Hot 100 run.

Reception

Following the release of the album, mixed reviews came to the song. Allmusic, while calling the song a "horribly infectious single created by producer Doctor Luke", chose it as a track pick for the album. HipHopDx criticized the feature guest, Kesha, but praised the song, "The lead single “Right Round” features newcomer Kesha, and while the sample works perfectly, a simple substitution of Keri Hilson would have given this song more leverage."

Meanwhile, in the UK noted urban writer Pete Lewis of 'Blues & Soul' stated "Flo Rida finally proves he's no one-trick-pony, with the uptempo track 'Right Round' effectively relying on a familiar Euro-dance sample to bring the party".

However Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy gave the song two stars out of five and wrote, "It's pretty difficult to ruin a pop classic, but Flo Rida gives it a pretty good stab here". Fletcher described the song as "an unpleasant affair that's only saved from the trashcan by its sample", and concluded that the "fuzzy synths, electro beats and infectious chorus hook sung by Kesha are almost enough to fool the casual listener into enjoying themselves. But sadly it's never too long before Flo Rida turns up again to spoil things".

Film

The song is played during the closing credits of The Hangover. The song was used again in the television advertising and closing credits for the film The Ugly Truth. The song is featured in Couples Retreat. Appears in the trailer of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Chart performance

"Right Round" debuted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 1 the week ending February 28, 2009, selling 636,000 digital copies in its first week just one week prior Eminem's Crack A Bottle with 467,000 sold. This was the biggest first-week sales in digital history, even breaking the previous record Flo Rida had set with "Low" in December 2007. In its second week, the song sold an additional 460,000 downloads, the third highest one-week total ever, topping the one million mark in paid downloads in just two weeks and becoming the fastest million-selling download ever in the US. The song also became the fastest 2 million-selling download ever, topping the 2 million mark in just 5 weeks of release. After eleven weeks, the song topped the 3 million mark, becoming the fastest 3 million-selling download ever, breaking his own record, set in February, 2008 when "Low" hit the 3 million mark in 17 weeks. Flo Rida is only the fourth lead artist to have two songs reach the 3 million download mark. "Right Round" held the #1 spot on the Billboard 100 for 6 consecutive weeks before being succeeded by "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.

In Canadamarker, it debuted at number 75 on the Canadian Hot 100 and rose to number 47 the next week, and number one the week after, for being the "Airplay Gainer". It was beaten off the number-one position by the Black Eyed Peas' single "Boom Boom Pow", from April 18 until April 25, when it regained the top spot on the chart.

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at #1 on 8 March 2009 on downloads alone, holding off strong competition from the Comic Relief 2009 single "Just Can't Get Enough" by The Saturdays, something which Flo Rida later apologised for, feeling guilty for beating a charity single to the top spot. It is Flo Rida's most successful single in the UK to date, after "Low" peaked at #2 just under a year prior. "Right Round" also spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the UK R&B Chart and two consecutive weeks on the download chart causing it to stay atop the hit40uk chart the week it got knocked of the UK singles chart #1 spot.

The song debuted at number 4 on the Irish Singles Chart, purely from downloads alone, and rose to number 2 the next week.

In Australia, the song debuted at number one based on downloads alone. This is Flo Rida's second Australian number-one single after "Low" in 2008. It is the first single to debut at the number one spot since Kylie Minogue's "2 Hearts" in November 2007.

On July 3, 2009, Yahoo! Music announced that Right Round was the top-selling song of the first half of 2009 in the United Statesmarker.

"Right Round" became a hit internationally, reaching the top ten in New Zealandmarker, Switzerlandmarker, Denmarkmarker, Austriamarker, Belgiummarker, Norwaymarker, Finlandmarker, Japanmarker, Israelmarker, Spainmarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, and Luxembourgmarker. On iTunes in Italy, it was the first Hip Hop song to reach the top ten since Snoop Dogg's Sensual Seduction.

Music video

The music video was shot in Miamimarker with director Malcolm Jones and makes a reference to the original Dead or Alive music video with shots of a revolving disco ball and a spinning bed. Kesha does not appear in the video despite being invited to because she wanted to strike out on her own. A version of the music video was leaked on the internet February 23 and was promoted as a premiere on MTV Hits, MTV2, MTV's website, MTVU and MTV Jams".It was nominated for Best Hip Hop Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13 but lost to Eminem's "We Made You".

Track listing

Australian & UK CD single
  1. "Right Round" (Main version) — 3:26


CD single
  1. "Right Round" (Main version) — 3:26
  2. "Right Round" (Instrumental) — 3:27


Maxi Single
  1. "Right Round [feat. Kesha]" (Album Version) - 3:26
  2. "Right Round" (the sex em up remix) - 3:27
  3. "In the Ayer [feat. Will.I.Am]" (Jason Nevins Mix) - 3:36
  4. "Right Round [feat. Kesha]" Video


Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 2
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 1
Canadian Hot 100 1
Danish Singles Chart 3
Dutch Top 40 3
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 2
Finnish Singles Chart 3
French Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 4
German Black Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 12
Japan Hot 100 8
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Charts 2
Turkey Top 20 Chart 1
UK R&B Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 63
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 6
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1


Sales and certifications

Country Certification Sales
Australia 2x Platinum 140,000+
Austria Gold 15,000+
New Zealand Platinum 150,000+
United States 3× Platinum 3,516,000+


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Release details



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References

Region
Date
Label
Format
United Statesmarker
January 25, 2009
Poe Boy, Atlantic Records
Radio airplay
February 10, 2009
Digital download
United Kingdommarker
March 1, 2009
Atlantic Records
March 23, 2009
CD single

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