Zedd – “Stay (feat. Alessia Cara)": (Interscope/Universal): This track is a potent collaboration between multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd and fast-rising Canadian star Alessia Cara.
A label press release explains that "the pair met at the HALO Awards in 2016, and Zedd recalls 'I’d loved her songs before but realized that she’s an unbelievable talent when we started rehearsing together.' Zedd then sent Alessia a demo and they scheduled time in the studio to record the single together, with Alessia adding 'Zedd was really hands on and made sure I was involved in every part of the process.'"
Zedd adds that "I think this song is right in the middle between where Alessia is musically and where I am and that’s what’s so exciting about it. I’ve been trying to knock down barriers around music genres and this is another step for me to walk towards a musical future where I can create any genre I want without people putting me in a box.”
Cara notes that it was an easy transition, explaining “it still feels like me, just an elevated pop sound. I don’t know that I would be in this bold on my own stuff so it’s cool to try these things with collaborators.”
The mix of Cara's fluent and expressive R&B-inflected vocals and Zedd's EDM touches is a fresh and effective one, and the track seems hit-bound. Its lyric video has racked up 3.36M YouTube views in just a few days.
Zedd’s first two albums, Clarity and True Colors, spawned multiple hit singles and have generated over 600 million Spotify streams. He has also produced for such big name acts as Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.