Saturday, August 14, 2021

Kid Laroi hit #1 with “Stay”


The Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber

Writer(s): Charlton Howard, Justin Bieber, Magnus Høiberg, Charlie Puth, Omer Fedi, Blake Slatkin, Michael Mule, Isaac De Boni, Subhaan Rahmaan (see lyrics here)

Released: July 9, 2021

First Charted: July 24, 2021

Peak: 17 US, 110 BA, 16 ST, 2 AC, 16 A40, 2 UK, 112 CN, 117 AU, 16 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 1.8 UK, 15.39 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1043.10 video, 2893.88 streaming


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About the Song:

Australian singer/songwriter and rapper Kid Laroi was born Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard in 2003. His first album, the mixtape Fuck Love, was released in 2020 when he was just 16 years old. A deluxe edition, known as Fuck Love (Savage) was released later that year and added seven more songs. One of the songs was “Without You,” his ninth chart entry in Australia and first #1. It also reached the top 10 in the United States.

In 2021, yet another version (Fuck Love 3: Lover You) was released and added seven more songs. The blockbuster, career-making song from that release was “Stay,” a collaboration with Justin Bieber, with whom he’d previously worked on the song “Unstable” from Beiber’s Justice album. “Stay” reached #1 in more than 20 countries, including Australia and the United States. Its 17 weeks at #1 in Australia made for the second-longest run in the chart’s history.

It was Bieber’s eighth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100 and Kid Laroi’s first. He was only the second Australian solo male artist (after Rick Springfield) top top the chart. Upon its release, Billboard appropriately said the song “sounds like it should push [Laroi] to a new level” of stardom. WK In addition to seven weeks at #1, the song spent a record non-consecutive 14 weeks at #2 and 23 weeks in the top three. It also became the first song in Billboard Hot 100 history to spend its first 40 weeks consecutively in the top 10. WK It was the most listened to song on Apple Music in 2022. SF

Stereogum’s Chris DeVille described the fast-paced, snyth-pop song as “maniacally catchy.” WK It grew out of time with producers Charlie Puth and others about a year before its release. Puth came up with the song’s keyboard riff SF that “serves as the song’s spine and eventually becomes the chorus melody.” WK The lyrics explore a troubled relationship where the singer is at fault and begs his partner to stay with him, despite his broken promises.


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First posted 1/11/2023; last updated 1/3/2024.

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