Round Round

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"Round Round"
Round Round (Sugababes single - cover art).jpg
Single by Sugababes
from the album Angels with Dirty Faces
Released 12 August 2002
Format
Recorded 2002
Length 3:54
Label Island
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Sugababes singles chronology
"Freak like Me"
(2002)
"Round Round"
(2002)
"Stronger"/"Angels with Dirty Faces"
(2002)
Audio sample
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"Round Round" is a song performed by British girl group Sugababes. It was written by group members Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, and Heidi Range, as well as Miranda Cooper, Niara Scarlett, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Nick Coler, Shawn Lee, and Lisa Cowling and produced by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby. It was released as the second single from the group's second studio album Angels with Dirty Faces (2002). The song is based around a sample of "Tango Forte" by German production team Dublex Inc. Due to the inclusion of the sample, several other writers are credited as songwriters.

Following its release, "Round Round" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the group's second number-one single domestically. It was eventually certified Silver by the BPI. "Round Round" also managed to reach the top ten in Ireland, Austria, New Zealand and Italy among other countries. It is also an original soundtrack of the movies The Guru, Kangaroo Jack and was featured in the movie American Wedding. Alongside "Sound of the Underground" by Girls Aloud, this song has been credited in reshaping British pop music for the 2000s.[1]

Background[edit]

"Round Round" was written by written by Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, Heidi Range, Miranda Cooper, Niara Scarlett, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Nick Coler, Shawn Lee, and Lisa Cowling.[2] Due to the inclusion of a sample from "Tango Forte" by German production team Dublex Inc., Florian Pflueger, Felix Stecher, Robin Hofmann, and Rino Spadavecchia are also credited as songwriters.[2] Production on "Round Round" was helmed by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby for Manna Productions based on an original track Higgins and Powell had created for Xenomania Records, while Jeremy Wheatley provided additional production and handled the mixing.[2] Guitar recording and programming were overseen by Yoad Nevo for 247 Arists.[2]

Musically, "Round Round" was actually built up of a number of different songs.[3] On the BBC2 series Secrets of the Pop Song, Brian Higgins described the genesis of the song: "We had a drum track which was just stunning and so I sat down with Miranda [Cooper] on the one day we had the Sugababes in the studio and said 'Right, you know, this is a hit, this piece of music is a hit. I haven't got anything on it, we don't have any song attached to it. So what are we gonna do about that? You've got three hours to come up with something'."[3] Subsequently, Cooper went through her catalogue of unused tracks that she had written over the last two or three years and sung the chorus of every single song against Higgins' piece of drumming.[3] Three hours later, she sang the lyrics 'round round baby round round' to Higgings, who said "that's it, that's amazing."[3]

Music video[edit]

The Sugababes featured as a band performing on a rotating platform in the video for "Round Round".

The music video for "Round Round" was directed by Phil Griffin.[4] It has the group performing on a rotating platform, while being surrounded by a tornado with dust and rubble accumulating in it. There is a rusty caged wall with an audience watching, a pair of sunglasses and a ring get sucked into the tornado from them. When Heidi's verse comes up, everything moves in slow-motion, including the tornado, before speeding up again. The girls slowly walk around three male dancers in the middle, and for the end chorus it appears the tornado has dissipated.

Chart performance[edit]

"Round Round" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and remained at the top spot for a week, giving the Sugababes their second consecutive UK number one single following "Freak like Me". The song was eventually certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[5] "Round Round" was also a success worldwide, reaching number 2 in Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The song also reached number 15 in Germany and number 8 in Austria. In Australia, "Round Round" debuted at number 21 and rose to a peak of #13, giving the group their first Australian top twenty hit. It was certified Gold by ARIA, making it the Sugababes' best selling Australian single up until the release of their 2005 single "Push the Button", which reached number 3 and was certified Platinum.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Hong Kong singer Emme Wong in Cantonese in 2003. It was Wong's first single after her record label Universal Music modified her image for a sexier direction. The song quickly became a hit, due to its sexually explicit lyrics and dance moves, as well as the TV-banned video. The song reached the top of several music charts across Southeast China. In the year end, it won a number of awards, including "Best Covered Song", "Best Dance Record", and "Best Stage Performance".

Track listings[edit]

CD single (CD1)[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Round Round" (Album Version) 3:59
2. "Groove Is Going On" 4:04
3. "Freak like Me" (Girls On Top Dancehall Mix) 3:30
CD maxi single (CD2)[7]
No. Title Length
1. "Round Round" (Album Version) 3:59
2. "Round Round" (Craigie & Crichton Remix) 5:03
3. "Round Round" (Soulwax Remix) 4:11
4. "Round Round" (Seani B. Remix) 4:25
Australian CD single[8]
No. Title Length
1. "Round Round" (Album Version) 3:59
2. "Round Round" (Craigie & Crichton Remix) 5:02
3. "Round Round" (Soulwax Remix) 4:13
4. "Freak like Me" (Girls On Top Dancehall Mix) 3:30
5. "Groove Is Going On" 4:04

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Angels with Dirty Faces.[2]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Overloaded: The Singles Collection (DVD liner notes). Island Records. November 2006. 
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  26. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2003". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "De populairste platen van 2002" (PDF). Dutch Top 40 Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2002". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Charts Plus Year End 2002" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  31. ^ "British single certifications – Sugababes – Round Round". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Round Round in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  32. ^ Myers, Justin (18 August 2016). "Flashback: Sugababes' Round Round was Number 1 this week in 2002". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 

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