The female vocals echoing the chorus in the 2009 club anthem that was Right Round are none other than Kesha’s, who would soon enough top the charts with her own songs. This was her first major exposure to the musical world, though many listeners may have missed that due to the fact that she was not credited on the US issue of the song. Flo Rida on the other hand already had a #1 hit with Low under his belt.
If the chorus of Right Round sounds familiar, chances are you’ve already heard it a couple of decades ago in Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), a commercially successful song in its own right. Flo Rida had no problems in wearing his admiration for synth-pop bands on the sleeve, but also admitted that the sample choice did not come from him: “I always listened to those kinds of records growing up. But, it was actually my A&R from Atlantic that brought the beat to my attention. So, we went in the studio, Dr. Luke did the sample and made the production, and I recorded it.” This is the same Dr. Luke that would shape Kesha’s career and later on be charged with sexual abuse accusations by the pop star.
Two diametrically opposed experiences influenced Right Round and its home album. One involved Flo Rida visiting Africa in order to pick up an MTV award – seeing the poor lifestyle conditions there inspired him to name the album R.O.O.T.S.; and the other are his frequent visits to strip clubs and hearing Low played a lot in that environment – this motivated him to write more songs good-time songs. “I just wanted to give people a chance to hear my story, while also having a party out in the clubs” he says in an interview with Digital Spy.
Right Round spent 6 consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.