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“Spinning Around” is a song recorded by Australian singer Kylie Minogue for her seventh studio album Light Years (2000). Written by Ira Shickman, Osborne Bingham, Kara DioGuardi, and Paula Abdul, “Spinning Around” was initially meant to be recorded by the latter for her own album, but was given to Minogue after the plan never came to fruition. The disco-influenced dance-pop song was then released as the lead single from Light Years on 13 June 2000. It contains lyrics through which the singer claims that she has changed and is not the same person she was before.

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 Minogue for returning to her signature musical style. Commercially, the song was a success and became Minogue’s “comeback” single following the critical and commercial disappointment of her sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997). It entered the singles chart of Australia 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 Minogue dancing and enjoying herself in a disco. It became extremely popular for the gold hotpants she sported in most of the scenes and led to her bottom gaining extensive coverage from the media.

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