The Kid Larol Stay [BETTER]
The "heartbreak-fueled" lyrics to "Stay" enforce Laroi's toxic behaviour as he sets up a story about a troubled relationship where he is at fault. In the chorus, he sings about his broken promises before begging for his partner to stay with him: "I do the same thing I told you that I never would / I told you I'd change, even when I knew I never could." Robert Rowat of CBC Music interpreted the lines as "an admission of weakness, if not a promise to be better". Bieber's verse echoes similar sentiments as he belts out lyrics about being unable to live without his loved one: "When I'm away from you, I miss your touch / You're the reason I believe in love." The song reaches its climax as Laroi and Bieber's voices join in the last chorus.
The Kid Larol Stay
In the United States, "Stay" debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, starting with 34.7 million streams, 12.9 million in radio audience, and 12,000 in sales. It entered atop the Streaming Songs chart, becoming Laroi's first and Bieber's sixth leader there, and at number five on the Digital Song Sales chart. Laroi earned his third top 10 hit on the Hot 100 and a new career best, surpassing the number eight peak of "Without You" with Miley Cyrus. In addition to Bieber getting his 24th top 10 hit on the chart, he became the youngest artist to have 100 entries appear on the Hot 100 at 27 years and four months old. On the week of 14 August 2021, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning BTS' "Butter" and becoming Laroi's first and Bieber's eighth number-one hit on the chart. It stayed at the number-one position for four consecutive weeks, surpassing "Sorry" as Bieber's longest reign as a lead artist. The song also became Laroi's first number one on the Pop Airplay chart (where it went on to spend 13 weeks at #1, the second longest run at #1 in the history of the chart, behind Ace of Base's "The Sign"), while Bieber tied Bruno Mars for the most number ones on the chart among solo males with nine each. On the week of 25 September 2021, "Stay" returned to number one on the Hot 100 for a fifth week as it topped the Radio Songs chart for the first time, becoming the first and fifth leader for Laroi and Bieber, respectively. The song spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot 100. It additionally logged a record 14 non-consecutive weeks at number two of the Hot 100. As of the chart dated 2 April 2022, "Stay" also broke the records for the most weeks spent in the Hot 100's top two and top three spots, with 21 and 23 weeks respectively. The record has since been surpassed by Harry Styles' "As It Was" with 25 and 29 weeks, respectively in 2022. On 18 April 2022, "Stay" became the first song in history to spend its first 40 weeks consecutively in the top 10 of the Hot 100. 041b061a72