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Spinning Around
Spinning Around
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Light Years
B-side
  • "Cover Me With Kisses"
  • "Paper Dolls"
Released 19 June 2000
Recorded 2000
Format
  • CD single
  • maxi single
Genre
  • Dance-pop
  • disco
Length 3:28
Label Parlophone
Writer(s)
  • Ira Shickman
  • Osborne Bingham
  • Kara DioGuardi
  • Paula Abdul
Producer(s) Mike Spencer
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
GBI
(1998)
Spinning Around
(2000)
On a Night Like This
(2000)
Light Years track listing
"Password"
(0)
"Spinning Around"
(1)
"On a Night Like This"
(2)

"Spinning Around" is a song recorded by Kylie Minogue for her seventh studio album, Light Years (2000). The disco-influenced dance-pop song was released as the lead single from Light Years on 13 June 2000. Lyrically, the song addresses the theme of reinvention, with Kylie claiming that she has changed as a person and learned from the past.

Upon its release, "Spinning Around" received favourable reviews from music critics, who singled it out as one of the highlights from the album and praised Kylie for returning to her signature musical style. Commercially, the song was a success and became Kylie's "comeback" single following the critical and commercial disappointment of her sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997). It entered the Australian Singles Chart at number one, becoming the singer's first chart-topper since "Confide in Me" (1994). The song also debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, where it became her first single to peak atop the chart in a decade. Elsewhere, it reached the top five in Ireland and New Zealand. "Spinning Around" was certified platinum and silver in Australia and the United Kingdom, respectively.

The accompanying music video for "Spinning Around" was directed by Dawn Shadforth, and features Kylie dancing and enjoying herself in a disco. It became popular for the gold hotpants she sported in most of the scenes and led to her bottom gaining extensive coverage from the media. The hotpants are considered to be "iconic" and have been displayed in exhibitions of Kylie's fashion. "Spinning Around" has been performed by Kylie during all of her concert tours, with the exception of the Anti Tour.

Background and CompositionEdit

In 1997, Kylie released her sixth studio album, Impossible Princess. The album represented a drastic change in the singer's musical direction, shifting from her signature dance-pop styles to incorporate elements of electronica and pop rock. It was her second album to be released on British record label DeConstruction and became a success in her native Australia, peaking at number four on the ARIA Albums Chart. In the United Kingdom Impossible Princess was less successful than Kylie's previous albums and peaked at number ten on the UK Albums Chart. The album also suffered from poor reviews in the UK as commentators criticised its different musical approach; many also considered that Kylie's career was over. Despite embarking on a successful promotional tour, Kylie was dropped by Deconstruction in 1999. Kylie then signed to Parlophone, another British record label.

After various discussions, Kylie decided to do what she did "best" and record a simple pop album inspired by disco and Europop, entitled Light Years. "Spinning Around" was included as the opening track of the album and was written by Ira Shickman, Osborne Bingham, Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul, and produced by Mike Spencer. In an interview discussing the development of Light Years, Kylie revealed that the song had initially been found as a demo in New York by her A&R executive Jamie Nelson, who believed it would be "perfect" for the singer. After listening to the demo, Kylie agreed to record it and felt the song had the potential to be a hit. "Spinning Around" was then released as the lead single from the album on 13 June 2000 in Australia, and 19 June in the United Kingdom.

CompositionEdit

Similar to most of the songs from Light Years, "Spinning Around" is a dance-pop track with prominent influences from disco music. Addressing the theme of reinvention, the lyrics declare that Kylie has changed and learned from her past mistakes; it contains lines like "I'm spinning around/Move out of my way ... I'm not the same" and "Mistakes that I made have given me the strength to really believe." In an analysis of the lyrics of the song, Pom Avoledo from Blogcritics wrote that Kylie demands attention in the chorus towards the changes in her personality and asserts that people appreciate them, in the line "I know you're feelin[g] me [be]cause you like it like this." The first verse deals with Kylie ridding herself of items and symbols from her past and starting afresh, evidenced in lines like "Threw away my old clothes, got myself a better wardrobe." The critic felt that in the second verse Kylie faces her mistakes and accepts herself as she is. The bridge of the song features the repetition of the hook "You know you like it like this," with Kylie's voice being vocoded. Chris True from AllMusic felt that through the lyrics, Kylie was admitting that releasing Impossible Princess in 1997 was not the best decision.

Critical reactionEdit

"Spinning Around" received favourable reviews from music critics. Chris True from AllMusic selected it as a highlight from the album and said it was a "fun and string-laden declaration that she may have made a mistake back in 1997." Pom Avoledo praised Kylie for returning to her signature dance-pop style and complimented her for giving "Spinning Around" an "air of elegance and sensuality which was lacking in her early material." A very positive review came from Siobhan Grogan of NME, who favoured the chorus of the song and commended Kylie for coming back to "what she knows best." The critic felt the song would become a hit in gay clubs and commented that "[Spinning Around] is made of the same fizzing, giddy disco-pop that made Kylie famous in the first place." Gary Crossing from Yahoo! Music, who gave Light Years a mixed review, felt that "Spinning Around" was one of the better tracks from the album and called it a "slinky little number." In his review of Kylie's 2004 greatest hits album Ultimate Kylie, Jason Shawahn from About.com praised the inclusion of songs like "Spinning Around" and other tracks from Light Years, calling them "a blessing for domestic music consumers, since that disc has never found its way onto official US release, though with any collection of Kylie hits, one simply has to look at what they have in their collection versus what they don't." At the 14th ARIA Music Awards ceremony in 2000, "Spinning Around" won the award for "Best Pop Release".

Commercial performanceEdit

The song was a commercial success. In Australia it was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) prior to its release on the strength of pre-orders. On the chart date of 2 July 2000, it debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. It was Kylie's first number one single in the country since "Confide in Me", which was released six years earlier. "Spinning Around" was certified platinum by the ARIA for shipments of 70,000 units. The song performed well in New Zealand, entering the RIANZ Singles Chart at number eight and peaking at number two. It certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) for sales of 7,500 units.

"Spinning Around" debuted atop the UK Singles Chart on the chart date of 1 July 2000 with first-week sales of over 80,000 units, becoming Kylie's first number one single in a decade and fifth overall. Kylie became one of only two artists to have a number one single in three consecutive decades, achieving this in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the song silver for shipments of 200,000 units.

Live performancesEdit

On 30 June 2000, Kylie performed "Spinning Around" on British music chart television programme Top of the Pops. She performed the song for the second time on the programme on 7 July. On 2 August 2001, Kylie performed "Spinning Around" at the BBC Radio 1 One Big Sunday show held at Leicester, in the United Kingdom, along with "Can't Get You Out of My Head"; for the performance, she wore a black trilby hat, sleeveless T-shirt (with a picture of Marilyn Monroe printed on it), knee length black boots, and trousers with open zips placed on both the thighs. "Spinning Around" was included on the "On Yer Bike" act of Kylie's one-off concert show Money Can't Buy, which was held on 15 November 2003. On 4 July 2012, she sang "Spinning Around" at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of the Buckingham Palace, held in honour of Elizabeth II. Kylie's wardrobe consisted of a pearl-studded black jacket and hat. Dance troupe Flawless, finalists of British television talent show Britain's Got Talent, served as Kylie's backup dancers. To promote her 2012 album The Abbey Road Sessions, Kylie headlined at Proms in the Park event in Hyde Park, London. Clad in a red satin gown, she sang an orchestral-version of "Spinning Around". This version of the song was exclusively performed at the event, as it was not included on the tracklist of the album.

Since its release, "Spinning Around" has been included in the set list of each of Kylie's concert tours, except the 2012 Anti Tour. It was the final performance of the encore segment of the On a Night Like This Tour, which was launched to promote Light Years in 2001. Kylie and her back-up dancers dressed in mid 1980s-inspired outfits while performing the song. The song was performed during the "Droogie Nights" act of the KylieFever2002 tour. In 2005, she performed the song on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour. This version of the song featured the piano riff of "Finally", a 1991 song by American recording artist CeCe Peniston. Kylie was unable to complete the tour as she was diagnosed with early breast cancer and had to cancel the Australian leg of the tour. After undergoing treatment and recovery, she resumed the concert tour in the form of Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in 2007, and performed "Spinning Around" with combined elements of her previous singles "Shocked" and "What Do I Have to Do". The song was performed as part of the "Beach Party" act of the KylieX2008 tour, during which Kylie was dressed as a "sequinned sailor." A medley of "Spinning Around", "Shocked", "What Do I Have to Do" and "Step Back in Time" was performed during the For You, For Me tour in 2009, Kylie's first North American tour. Dressed in a top hat and a black crinoline, Kyloe performed "Spinning Around" during her Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour in 2011. More recently, the song was performed on Kylie Kiss Me Once Tour in 2014, following a performance of "Step Back in Time". This version also appeared in the Kylie Summer 2015 mini-tour, as well as all the shows in the Christmas series and various other performances in 2016.

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