"Stay the Night" is from the deluxe edition (2013)
of Zedd's debut studio album, Clarity (2012). It features vocals from Hayley Williams, the lead singer
of American rock group Paramore. The song was written by Zedd, Williams, Benjamin Eli Hanna, and Carah Faye.
From the Album
Williams wrote the Lyrics about a couple breaking up but staying together for one more night of passion.
She finished them in a Paris hotel room, the day before she recorded her vocals.
"I was actually getting into the shower and it just happened," she explained to Radio.com.
"The words just came to me and I got out immediately and wrote everything down."
Williams first heard the track while Paramore were playing a run of European festival dates and was instantly
drawn to the sentiments Zedd expressed. "I was like, 'This song is ridiculous, I love it.' So I said 'Let me get
in there and see if I can write any words that I would want to sing,'" she told MTV News. "The song is about
two people that know they're not really cut out for each other, but there's a fire there ... so I wrote about
being a fire and the other person being gasoline - [the lyric] says 'Come pour yourself all over me' -
because I wanted to go deeper into that tragedy of knowing this isn't right, but you don't care because
it's just one more night."
According to Zedd, the original idea was to have a guy singing lead. "We had the topline written and we needed
a singer, and we were kind of brainstorming on who would be a good fit; at first we thought it might
be better to have a male singer," Zedd told MTV News. "But then, since I know Hayley's voice, we had
the idea to use her for the track … I kind of think it's more sexy and interesting with her singing it."
• The song won the MTV Clubland Award at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Clarity: Deluxe Edition
September 10, 2013
November 5, 2013 (EP)
Electro house, EDM
Benjamin Eli Hanna
"Stay The Night" on YouTube
The song's music video was directed by Daniel "Cloud" Campos, who made Paramore's "Now" clip earlier in 2013.
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