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Mikky Ekko’s Stay Demo Surfaces Online

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When Mikky Ekko first heard Rihanna wanted to record his track, he revealed to Digital Spy that he had reservations about recording with the Barbadian singer. It’s a good thing he brushed off his worries and collaborated with RiRi. Just like A Great Big World allowing Christina Aguilera on “Say Something,” Ekko’s co-penned “Stay” became a worldwide sensation, huge Billboard hit and spawned multiple covers. It’s also up for an award at this weekend’s Grammys.

“So when I heard Rihanna wanted to record it, it was difficult for me, but I realised it was such a magnificent opportunity. It was a huge affirmation for me. It was an opportunity to marry what I do with arguably the most visible platform on the planet. That was so cool to me, because that was the last song you’d expect.” – Mikky Ekko

Ekko’s original demo has surfaced online. As gorgeous as his solo version is, I much prefer the track as a duet. However, it’s clear that Mikky’s vocals inspired Rihanna’s recording session. The arrangement is pretty similar with the “We Found Love” singer copying Ekko’s licks and delivery. Check it out below.

listen to the solo version after the jump

This past weekend, Rihanna performed her beautiful ballad, “Stay” at the Grammy Awards. Now, the music video for the song is out and we’ve got it for you to check out below.

Rihanna really shows her softer, more vulnerable side in the video as she strips down and sits very still in the bathtub. “The video was really, really simple. I pretty much stayed put in a bathtub,” Rihanna told E!. She’s deep in thought and really connected emotionally with the lyrics. There are moments where it’s as if she loses her breath on the word “Stay,” which I found very powerful. Is she talking about Chris Brown and her inner turmoil in deciding that she wanted to be back together with him? That’s what I got from it, but this type of thing is open to interpretation and anyone can make what they want of it.

The song and video is a duet with Nashville singer, Mikky Ekko and the two voices work really well together on this song. Rihanna had promised an “emotional,” “personal” and “powerful” video with “Stay” and I’m thinking that she certainly delivered. Check out the video below.

Video after the jump…

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