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Patti Smith Covers Rihanna’s “Stay”

Who knew Patti Smith was a Rihanna fan? The audience at her New Year’s Eve show at New York’s Webster Hall definitely expressed their surprise at the opening bars of her cover of “Stay,” which Smith called “the song of 2013.” This really is a lovely, straight-forward cover of Rihanna’s duet with Mikky Ekko, made even more endearing by Smith forgetting some of the words at the bridge because she was, she admits, nervous about singing it. If 2014 brings us anything, I hope it’s a Rihanna-Patti Smith collaboration.

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