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Rihanna - Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)

[Verse 1: Rihanna]
All along it was a fever
A cold sweat, hot-headed believer
I threw my hands in the air, said, "Show me something"
He said, “If you dare, come a little closer”

[Pre-Chorus: Rihanna]
Round and around and around and around we go
Oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know

[Chorus: Rihanna]
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

[Verse 2: Mikky Ekko]
It's not much of a life you're living
It's not just something you take, it's given

[Pre-Chorus: Mikky Ekko]
Round and around and around and around we go
Oh, now tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know

[Chorus: Mikky Ekko]
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

"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 ten in seventeen countries including Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, 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 17 on the US Pop Songs chart, and marked top twenty positions in Norway and Spain. 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 2013 Grammy Awards.

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