Stay (Hurts Song)
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Stay Hurts Song

Single by Hurts
from the album Happiness
"Confide in Me"
Released12 November 2010 (2010-11-12)
RecordedSunshine Studios
(Manchester, England)
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Hurts singles chronology

"Stay" is a song by English synthpop duo Hurts from their debut album, Happiness. It was released as the album's third single in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2010.[1] The song is the soundtrack to the German film Kokowääh,[2] and was included in the Les Mills International BodyBalance (BodyFlow in the US/Canada) fitness program as Track 8 - Twists for Release 53.


STAR Magazine gave the song 5 stars out of 5 and stated "We're not quite sure how music so gloomy can still manage to be so bloody gorgeous. But this synth duo's inspired way with a simple melody, romantic lyrics and Theo Hutchcraft's richly heartfelt vocals somehow build this electro-pop ballad into a truly beautiful elegy to lost love. Stunning!".[3]

Music video

Model Anna Thora Alfreds and Theo Hutchcraft in the video.

The video, directed by Dave Ma and shot on locations in Iceland,[4] depicts Hurts singer Theo Hutchcraft and Icelandic model/actress Anna Thora Alfreds as lovers facing the end of their relationship. The two characters - both smartly dressed - appear to emerge from the sea and then walk on a bleak shore under a grey sky, until only Theo features in the final scene, alone. The video is intercut with scenes of Hutchcraft and band-mate Adam Anderson performing inside a shed and Anderson playing the piano on the wind-battered beach, alongside a group of female dancers singing the backing vocals.[5] Director Ma described how, on the day of the shooting, "the clouds rolled in as the perfect moody cover and everything looked amazing. But it was freezing, and the dancers, actress and Adam and Theo from Hurts did amazingly well to look somewhat composed in near subzero temperatures." At the end of the day Anna Thora got hurt when they were filming the last scene in the sea. Her knee cap broke and dislocated.[4]

Track listing



Charts and certifications

Release history

Region Date Format
Austria[24] 12 November 2010 (2010-11-12) Digital download
United Kingdom[1] 15 November 2010 (2010-11-15)
Germany 4 February 2011 (2011-02-04)[6] Digital download
11 February 2011 (2011-02-11)[7] CD single


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  2. ^ German Soundtrack
  3. ^ "STAR Magazine: Hottest Celeb website :: Music :: Singles". 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Hurts' Stay by Dave Ma". Promo News. 21 October 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 2011.
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  8. ^ Happiness (liner notes). Hurts. Major Label, Sony, RCA. 2010.
  9. ^ " - Hurts - Stay" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ " - Hurts - Stay" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  11. ^ " - Hurts Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Hurts: Stay" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat - IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "Archívum - Slágerlisták - MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  14. ^ "Luxembourg Digital Songs - March 5, 2011". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyró?nienia :: Zwi?zek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  16. ^ "?NS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda - Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201105 into search.
  17. ^ " - Hurts - Stay". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Hurts; 'Wonderful+Life')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Stay: Austrian 7Digital purchase link". 7 Digital Austria. 7 Digital. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  25. ^ "Stay: Italian 7Digital purchase link". 7 Digital Italy. 7 Digital. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  26. ^ "Stay: Dutch 7Digital purchase link". 7 Digital Netherlands. 7 Digital. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  27. ^ "Stay: Swedish 7Digital purchase link". 7 Digital Sweden. 7 Digital. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  28. ^ "Stay: iTunes Ireland pre-order link". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2010.

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