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Round & Round
Round And Round
Selena Gomez & The Scene
Released June 18, 2010
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2010
Length 3:05
Label Hollywood Records
Writers Kevin Rudolf, Andrew Bolooki, Fefe Dobson, Jeff Halavacs, Jacob Kasher
Produced by Kevin Rudolf

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. 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 second highest charting single in the United States behind Who Says. It charted moderately in several international markets, including Austria, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Gomez & The Scene performed the song multiple times, including on America's Got Talent. Gomez possibly filmed the music video is Paris, from 2010 while filming her 2011 movie Monte Carlo, as some scenes look relevant of the city.


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.


Critical receptionEdit

Bill Lamb of 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 performanceEdit

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 videoEdit

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, promotionEdit

The song was performed by the band on America's Got Talent on July 14, 2010. It was also performed on Good Morning America on September 23, 2010 along with A Year Without Rain. While promoting in the United Kingdom, Gomez appeared on Daybreak on September 27, 2010, and on Blue Peter on September 28, 2010. Gomez performed the song on MTV's The Seven on October 1, 2010.

Track listingEdit

  • US digital download
    1. Round & Round - 3:06
  • Round & Round (Dave Audé Remix) - Single
    1. Round & Round (Dave Audé Remix) - 3:32
  • Australian/UK Remixes EP
    1. Round & Round (Wideboys Club Mix) - 5:56
    2. Round & Round (Fascination Club Mix) - 6:11
    3. Round & Round (7th Heaven Club Mix) - 6:08
    4. Round & Round (Dave Audé Club Remix) - 6:23
  • Australian digital single
    1. Round & Round - 3:05
    2. Naturally (Ralphi Rosario Remix) - 3:39
  • UK single
    1. Round & Round - 3:05
    2. Naturally (Ralphi Rosario Remix) - 3:39
  • UK promo CD single
    1. Round & Round – 3:05
    2. Round & Round [Instrumental] – 3:05


Chart (2010) Peak Position
Australia (ARIA) 80
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75) 62
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 51
Germany (Media Control AG) 52
Year/Week Mandatory Fields For Irish Charts 44
Slovakia (IFPI) 39
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 47
US Billboard Hot 100 24
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 2
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 34

Music videoEdit

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Round & Round

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Round & Round

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Round & Round