Hot Music Video – Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko

Stay - Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko

Stay” is a song by recording artist Rihanna from her multi-platinum seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). Featuring guest vocals by Mikky Ekko, the song was released as the second single from the new album in January 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 her vocal performance and emotion. Upon the release of Unapologetic. “Stay charted on multiple charts worldwide. Following its release as a single, it has reached the top five of both the UK Singles Chart and UK R&B Chart, and in Ireland and Scotland. It has also reached the top ten in Israel and New Zealand and the top twenty in Australia, Austria, Denmark, France and Germany. The song’s music video, directed by Sophie Muller, depicts Rihanna really naked in a bathtub filled with cloudy soapy water, while Mikky Ekko performs in a separate bathroom. Critics compared the vulnerability and raw emotion in the video to the song itself. Wanna see it? Check out the new music video below after the jump…

Video Background: On February 10, while walking the red carpet of the 55th Grammy Awards, Rihanna held an interview with Ryan Seacrest who officially revealed that the music video would premiere first on E! News the following day. Rihanna described the production of the video saying, “The video was really, really simple. I pretty much stayed put in a bathtub, and we shot it really tight, really close. There’s Mikky Ekko in the video as well. This is the first time I’ve ever collaborated with him, so I’m excited about that because he’s actually the one who wrote the song and I kinda just fell in love with it so much and in love with the tone of his voice and we wanna keep him a part of it, so you’ll see him in the video.” The singer added, “It’s a very emotional song and it’s personal, so you just think about, it’s almost like telling a story, and when you tell a story, even to yourself — if you’re saying it out loud and expressing how you feel — it needs to be powerful because it needs to be authentic.” Then on February 11, Rihanna surprised her fans and leaked an “uncut” version of the video on Twitter prior to the official premiere, featuring the singer performing to the track in one singular take, without Mikky Ekko. The official version premiered on E! News later that day.

Video Synopsis: The video opens with a shot of running water. Rihanna is then presented undressing and climbing into a bathtub. Throughout the rest of the video, the singer is presented nude in the tub full of cloudy green water; subtle camera angles protect her modesty. Rihanna is shown wearing little make-up and with long hair tangled and wet over one side of her face. The singer seems morose and sad as she occasionally flickers her eyes to the ceiling and puts her head in her hands, showing off long manicured nails and a diamond stud earring.The low-key video also features Mikky Ekko, who performs his parts of the song separately including scenes of him perched on the edge of a different bathtub, gazing into a mirror, in front of an unlit fireplace, and sitting on a grand chair. The video switches between the pair throughout the course of the video until it concludes with a single tear falling from Rihanna’s eye as she sinks lower into the bathtub finally disappearing into the water.

We all know Rihanna knows how to take a hot self picture. But how does she make them so irresistibly alluring that her Instagram stays full of thirsty comments? Well puzzle your brains no more, because our Complex cover girl was kind enough to show Complex TV how she works her camera magic before she stepped in front of our cameras for some behind-the-scenes footage from our cover shoot. Relax and take notes because Rihanna shows us all how to sexy it up by making it look easy.

It has been reported that “Stay” received mostly positive reviews from music critics. The song and also produced with assistance from Elof Loelv. Ekko also appears as a featured artist courtesy of RCA Records. Rihanna’s and Ekko’s vocals were recording at two recording locations by three different people: Mike Gaydusek at Nightbird Studios and Marcus Tovar and Kuk Harrel at Westlake Recording Studios, both in Los Angeles, California. Vocal engineering was carried out by Gaydusek and was assisted in the process by Blake Mares and Robert Cohen. Vocal production was completed by Kuk Harrell. The song was mixed by Phil Tan at Ninja Club Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional/assistant production was helmed by Daniella Rivera.

What do you think about the music video and the song? What about Rihanna’s relationship with Chris Brown? Do you think its all for press to help revive Brown’s career? Please share your thoughts, opinions and comments with me below…

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