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Stay the Night happened really quickly. I got the demo in an email, and I heard that, um, Anton was a fan, and that he might be interested in me singing on it.

Hayley Williams, Moment of Clarity[1]

"Stay the Night" is a song by Russian-German electronic music producer Zedd from the 2013 deluxe edition of his debut studio album, Clarity. It features vocals from Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the American rock group Paramore.

The song was written by Zedd, Williams, Benjamin Eli Hanna, and Carah Faye, and was released to digital retailers on September 10, 2013 via Interscope Records as the lead single off the deluxe edition of Clarity.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Idolator editor Mike Wass called the song "another soaring house anthem with massive crossover potential" and praised the "inspired" choice of vocalist: "Hayley Williams puts her trademark angsty rock leanings to the side ... and she lends the track a certain credibility outside the ever-growing EDM market."

James Shotwell of the entertainment news blog Under the Gun Review gave "Stay the Night" a mixed review. While stating the song "is destined for dance club glory" and will "fit nicely" on contemporary hit radio, Shotwell also criticized its lack of uniqueness.[3]

Music blog Critic of Music gave the song an A- rating[4], noting that while the song suffers in comparison to previous single Clarity, particularly in the weakness of its lyrics, "Stay the Night" is still successful at highlighting Williams' "vocal versatility" and Zedd's "excellent, radio-friendly" dance beats.

The song won the MTV Clubland Award in the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.[5]

ChartsEdit

The single reached the number one spot on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts in its 7 December 2013 issue,[6] giving Zedd his second number one at Dance Airplay and his third chart topper at Dance Club Play, while Williams marked her first number one on a Billboard chart (at Dance/Mix Show Airplay) as a solo artist.[7]

LyricsEdit

I know that we are upside down
So hold your tongue and hear me out
I know that we were made to break
So what? I don't mind

You kill the lights, I'll draw the blinds
Don't dull the sparkle in your eyes
I know that we were made to break
So what? I don't mind

Are you gonna stay the night?
Are you gonna stay the night?
Hoh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Are you gonna stay the night?

Are you gonna stay the night?
Doesn't mean we're bound for life
So oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Are you gonna stay the night?

Are you gonna stay the night
Doesn't mean we're bound for life
So oh oh, are you gonna stay the night

I am a fire, you're gasoline
Come pour yourself all over me
We'll let this place go down in flames
Only one more time

You kill the lights, I'll draw the blinds
Don't dull the sparkle in your eyes
I know that we were made to break
So what? I don't mind

Are you gonna stay the night?
Are you gonna stay the night?
Hoh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Are you gonna stay the night?

Are you gonna stay the night? (we'll make it burn!)
Doesn't mean we're bound for life (we'll never learn!)
So oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, are you gonna stay the night?
Night night night night night...

Are you gonna stay the night?

Are you gonna stay the night?
Doesn't mean we're bound for life
So oh oh oh, are you gonna stay the night?

[Zedd]
Are you gonna stay the night?
Are you gonna stay the night?
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Are you gonna stay the night?

VideosEdit

On September 4, 2013, a preview of the song was released onto YouTube. The preview was directed and edited by Justin Nizer[8], who later directed Moment of Clarity.[1]

The official music video for "Stay the Night" was released onto YouTube on September 23, 2013. It tells the story of a couple that is, despite it not being a good idea, spending their last night together before breaking up.[9]

On October 11, 2013, a behind-the-scenes video for the music video was released onto ZEDDVEVO.

On January 8, 2014, an acoustic version that had been recorded during an iTunes session was released.

Extended playEdit

Main article: Stay the Night (Remixes)

TriviaEdit

  • Stay the Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)
    On December 22, 2013, Zedd posted on Facebook that he and KDrew had released an extended remix of "Stay the Night" onto YouTube.[10]
  • A stripped-down version of the song is included on Zedd's iTunes Session extended play.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Moment of Clarity "Zedd - Moment of Clarity". 18 December 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2AjlTLdU1M Moment of Clarity. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. "Zedd "Stay the Night" (featuring Hayley Williams) [Video Premiere]". 23 September 2013. http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/zedd-stay-the-night-video-premiere/. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  3. Shotwell, James (10 September 2013). "Zedd Streams "Stay the Night" Featuring Hayley Williams Of Paramore". Under The Gun Review. Spin Media. http://www.underthegunreview.net/2013/09/10/zedd-streams-stay-the-night-featuring-hayley-williams-of-paramore/. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  4. "Single Review: Zedd Feat. Hayley Williams - Stay The Night". Critic of Music. 11 September 2013. http://www.criticofmusic.com/2013/09/single-review-zedd-feat-hayley-williams.html. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  5. Frith, Vanessa (25 August 2014). "MTV VMAs 2014 "Clubland" Winner Is Zedd For "Stay the Night"". ENSTARS. http://www.enstarz.com/articles/44610/20140825/mtv-vmas-2014-clubland-winner-is-zedd-for-stay-the-night.htm. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  6. "From Billboard Top 40 Update (November 25, 2013)". Billboard. 7 December 2013. http://www1.billboard.biz/bbbiz/photos/pdf/2013/TFMm1125.pdf. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  7. Murray, Gordon (28 November 2013). "Zedd Zips Up Dance Charts". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/5800902/zedd-zips-up-dance-charts. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  8. "Zedd - Stay The Night Preview ft. Hayley Williams". ZEDDVEVO. YouTube. 4 September 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c5Avkjliu4. Retrieved June 23 2015.
  9. "Stay The Night (Featuring Hayley Williams Of Paramore / The Making Of The Video)". ZEDDVEVO. YouTube. 11 October 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6dqo7Z3p6Q. Retrieved 23 June 2015. "The music video is basically about a breakup and a couple spending, you know, their last night together, although they both know it's probably not the right thing..."
  10. Zaslavski, Anton (22 December 2013). "Full version of the Stay The Night remix I made with KDrew is now up on my YouTube. Enjoy your holidays, everyone!!!!". Zedd. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Zedd/posts/750937798269182. Retrieved 18 June 2015.

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