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Stay
StaysinglecoverStay
Genre Pop, R&B
Album Unapologetic
Length 4:00
Label Def Jam Recordings, SRP
Producer Mikky Ekko, Kuk Harrell, Elof Loelv, Justin Parker
Album Tracklisting
Last Song
"What Now"
Next Song
"Nobody's Business"
"Stay" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). Featuring guest vocals by Mikky Ekko, the song was released as the second single from the album on January 7, 2013. "Stay" was co-written by Mikky Ekko and Justin Parker. It is a pop and R&B ballad, featuring piano and guitar chords. The lyrical content regards the temptation and failure of resisting a true love. The song garnered a mostly positive response from music critics]. They were divided in their opinion regarding the balladry, with most describing it as a standout track on the album, while a few labeled it as boring. However, critics were unified in their opinion of praising the vocal performance and emotion.

Upon the release of Unapologetic, "Stay" charted on multiple charts worldwide. Following its release as a single, it has reached number one in Denmark and Israel and the top five in sixteen countries worldwide including Australia, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It has also charted at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna's twenty-fourth top ten on the chart, thus surpassing Whitney Houston's tally. Furthermore, it has charted at number 15 on the US Pop Songs chart.

The song's music video, directed by Sophie Muller, depicts Rihanna naked in a bathtub filled with cloudy water, while Mikky Ekko performs in a separate bathroom. Critics compared the vulnerability and raw emotion in the video to the song itself. Rihanna premiered "Stay" on Saturday Night Live in the United States, while she performed the song in the United Kingdom on the ninth series of The X Factor. The track was also included on the set list of the majority of her 777 Tour promotional tour dates, in support of the album. Rihanna and Mikky Ekko also performed "Stay" at the Grammy Awards.

LyricsEdit

Rihanna:
All along it was a fever
A cold sweat hot-headed believer
I threw my hands in the air and said show me something
He said, if you dare come a little closer
Tamer hosny

'Round and around and around and around we go
Ohhh now tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know
Shaza

Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can't live without you
And it takes me all the way
I want you to stay

Nancy Ajram :
It's not much of a life you're living
It's not just something you take, it's given
'Round and around and around and around we go
Ohhh now tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know
Eilssa

Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can't live without you
And it takes me all the way
And I want you to stay

Hanane-Dina
Ohhh the reason I hold on
Ohhh 'cause I need this hole gone
Funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving
'Cause when you never see the light, it's hard to know which one of us is caving

Rihanna: Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move

Rihanna & Mikky Ekko:
Makes me feel like I can't live without you
And it takes me all the way

Rihanna:
I want you to stay, stay

Rihanna & Mikky Ekko:
I want you to stay, ohhh

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