Adam Lambert Covers Rihanna’s “Stay” (VIDEO)

Adam Lambert kicked off his “We Are Glamily” tour in Seoul, South Korea today. And along with songs from his first two albums, For Your Entertainment and Trespassing, he also performed an absolutely gorgeous cover of Rihanna’s “Stay”.

Watch below.

Adam followed “Stay” with “Underneath” from Trespassing. Here are both songs together:

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  • Ronnie D

    Adam is great at covers, and this one is stunning! 

  • girlygirltoo

    Pretty much flawless

  • Lynn Di Resto

    He has the best voice of any idol. He puts his heart and soul in every song. One of the best performers to date. You go Adam!!!!

  • abbysee


  • fuzzywuzzy

    What a lovely rendition! So great!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    He melts my heart <3



  • maymirabella

    Beautiful !!! Flawless !!! Adam’s performances should be studied by all Idol contestants.

  • Incipit

    Huh. IDK from Rihanna, but three days ago, mj posted Anoop covering this same song on his WTF Wednesday, and because he was my fav male voice on Season 8, I listened, even though I didn’t know the song.

    Today, this shows up – and weirdly, using double windows, I managed to sync the two of them singing the same song, at practically the same tempo. That was spooky, but good – and while Anoop is still my preferred vocal here, I think AL and Anoop singing a song together sometime would be very interesting!


  • IDreamIn4D

    gawd this is so gorgeous! I love the covers to this song. Adam’s version is so emotionally effective. his phrasing is very evocative as his voice floats all over the melody.

  • bridgette12

    What can I say, but I love it. It’s beautiful and voice is so crystal clear and you hear every subtle nuance of the song.  Hearing Stay  and Underneath back to back is just perfect. Both songs make a statement and I give him all the credit in the world for being so selective about the songs he covers. I think it goes back to when he was on Idol and said he choose songs that meant something to him.

  • H.A.

    Beautiful!! Wait till he perfects them. I actually think Underneath is a better song but I’m bias. Incipit, Adam tweeted a snippet of Stay days before Anoop and we were like huh, but Anoop did a beautiful job also. Very different styles but I love Anoop voice too.

  • H.A.

    Take note Idol. Season 8 boys got it going on!!

  • asifclueless

    LOVE all your reactions and adjectives that you all have described here:


    Anybody has more adjectives to describe these STAY and UNDERNEATH?

    To rub it in, I’ll get to see Adam live in Singapore.

    From the setlist, I’ll be in for the TREAT of my life.

    The WAG Tour one in Singapore will be the best evah.

    What do you think HKfan and Axxxel ?  Heh..heh … Just kiddding.

    All of Adam live concerts are different and all of them are THE BEST EVAH.  :)


  • seashellz51

    Beautiful! Both songs! Love! One thing I have always loved about Adams’ singing is his diction and enunciation. I never have to strain to make out what he is saying. Its easy to just go with the flow and enjoy the songs. Makes it ‘comfortable’ for the listener. 

  • seldomused

    I listened to both Anoop’s and Adam’s version of “Stay”, both are great!

    Adam did post his snippet of “Stay” before Anoop uploaded his.   I had never heard Riahanna’s version and I understand she sang “Stay” on the Grammy’s.  
    My guess is both guys decided to do a cover of that song at the same time  :-) 

    Underneath is gorgeous, too. 

  • Sharon S.

    Video of Dragon Attack/Shady:
    Video freezes after a couple of minutes, but the audio continues.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Agreed. Both versions are great. Adam sounds good or even better live than on his recording sometimes.

  • jammasta

    I kinda like when he takes Underneath down a key so I can sing along with him lol. I can’t do his album version’s chorus without breaking out into a weird-ass falsetto. 

    I just really like Adam’s voice. It’s very pretty when he’s not belting, and when he’s belting it’s powerful, NOT OBNOXIOUSLY MELISMATIC HINT HINT S12, and awe-inspiring. These two performances are what I’d expect from Adam performing ballads. Stunning.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    o/ yay, asif… congrats;)

    Enjoy the concert, babe!

  • No Thanks

    I wonder if any K-Pop stars showed up at the show.

  • No Thanks

    I wonder if any K-Pop stars showed up at the show.

  • cosem

    Stay is absolutely gorgeous. I love it when Adam uses his “tender” voice. Underneath is great too but I don’t like the arrangement. Somehow it makes the song more “mellow” and I prefer the album version. 

  • askance

    Here’s the crowd reaction when Adam gets on stage:

    – no wonder many of the videos are shaky lolI love both stay and underneath vids, Adam’s voice is great. Going to listen to Anoop’s version now.

  • ceecee21

    I loved hearing Adam’s version of Stay, it was mesmerizing and Underneath is haunting and raw.  I could listen to an entire album of Adam singing ballads.

  • lac123

    I don’t really have much to add besides what has been said.  This cover is amazing and I swear his voice gets better and better.


    I can’t think of any new adjectives other than jaw dropping for these performances. Adam’s voice on songs like these slays me every single time and the two back to back is devastating. I actually love this version of Underneath more than the album version as it is a tad overwrought on the CD. Underneath is an amazing song, so well crafted and deep. Now I am looking for Chokehold and Broken Open to really wallow in emotional soup, lol. Adam’s voice and interpretation of songs has only improved and it was already such a gift. Just wow.

  • Leigh13

    So, so beautiful–and on its first outing. You know Adam, it’s just going to get better.

  • Bentley1530

    I am an Adam fan so I have already listened to his version of Stay too many times to count but the comments here made me search through the pages for Anoop’s version and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and I would have never been able to identify him as the singer.  It really is a lovely song.  

  • MellyPer1692

    AMAZING video of Broken English. I love love love the ending :)

  • zaclona77

    well, even before listening I was totally going to be all “meh” about it because I just don’t care much about the song itself and I’m in general rather lukewarm about covers… and now I’m sitting here completely non-plussed at the fact that there isn’t a studio recording of this available for me to throw my money at it…

  • bridgette12

    I was thinking the same thing, it sounded so good in this first performance of it, I can only imagine how much better it’s going to get by the end of the tour.


     Gaaaaah!!! This is so incredible! This made my heart pound and my mouth drool. Broken English is another fantastic song, gorgeous melody and sexy lyrics that are made for Adam’s vocals. Good lord, I need an MP3 of this. Did I mention I liked it?


     I wish I could like this 50 million times.

  • HappyDaisy_2

    Annieba said: “I actually love this version of Underneath more than the album version as it is a tad overwrought on the CD. Underneath is an amazing song, so well crafted and deep.”

    I agree.  Underneath is a beautiful song and this is a tender, beautiful performance of it.

  • lexa

    Makes me think….wonder how much a plane ticket to Finland would cost?

    Acoustic album of songs like these would be wonderful!

  • J3$$!C@

    Rihanna got some respect from me back when she sang this song at the Grammys. The most heartfelt I have ever heard her sing. Adam did a nice job with it. 

  • askance

    “ETA. Might even be a better version. Have I used the word better enough yet?…”
    Yes it has pretty amazing audio. Hopefully this person took more videos.

  • bridgette12

     Rhianna’s has done some really good Grammys performances and the last two years have been great. Her performance of Stay, was my favorite this year.

  • Jake W.

    This was a great cover.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Yes, the voice – but there’s also that face.

  • MellyPer1692

    Entertainment Tonight Canada picked it up:

    “@ETCanada: Video – @adamlambert covers @rihanna’s “Stay” during a concert in Korea.

  • Axxxel

    So funny, Adam Lambert’s snippet is mentioned at the end of  the wikipedia entry of the song “stay” of Rihanna.. I guess they have to update that entry soon with a note about the full version !!

  • Axxxel

    wow, nice ! hoping that ET USA will also feature a similar announcement.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah…would be wonderful… an Anoop/Adam duet !

  • Chicagolaw

    Absolutely beautiful version of Stay. And I love this live Underneath even better than the studio.

  • Axxxel

    Adam’s album full of ballads ? must be great for a lullaby… or good therapy to heal the heart… but I wouldn’t mind if there are some upbeat songs as well in the trend of  “Fever” or “Cuckoo” to wake me up again hehe

  • HKfan

    Asif, I thought about flying out to Singapore for that show…wish I had now, we could have met up…

    I’ve only had time to listen to Stay once, but it was so beautiful and heartfelt. I love ballad singing Adam, heck I love any sort of Adam…but this really was breathtaking. Will listen some more after work.

    BTW, have nothing to compare it too as I’ve never heard the song before!!!

  • Shoriagirl

    OMG! Wikipedia!

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, I still remember when I was in Singapore, he did not sing “for your entertainment” but he sang it in Malaysia… waah, was so jealous.. Now it is on the setlist !! And I loooooove “Dragon Attack” when I saw him perform during his Queen stint…Hope he will keep the same setlist..

    At first when I saw the clips of his other concerts in 2012, I was a bit bumped because it featured mostly dancenumbers…. I remember when I saw him, I was so touched by “Soaked”… That song pierced through my heart !!
    Now I am very happy that ballads like”Broken English”, “Stay” and “Underneath” are on the list…and those videoclips of the latter 2 songs ! Oh my… oh my…

  • Axxxel

    Maybe Big Bang, asking their clothes back ? LOL

  • Axxxel

    I think you mean “Broken English” .. Love how the crowd sang along and finished the song… I noticed that after the Queen stint, Adam let go a bit of his “controlfreak” inside of him and let the audience sing alone without him…

    ETA : clip of Broken English

  • Axxxel

    hope there is a DVD of this short concert tour !!

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, I was looking the song up on wikipedia, because I wonder who were the writers of the song… Adam just needs this one song, greatly written to produce that huge hit… It does not have to be (co)written by him… and I was surprised that wikipedia mentioned Adam’s short cover. 

  • Axxxel

    Whataya want from me…
    (love the reggeabeat in FYE)

  • asifclueless

    HKfan … It’s still not too late. Let’s meet up in Singapore. I’ll be there for 5 days, do some sightseeing as well.

    I was thinking of Hong Kong also.  But I can’t do GA, standing for so many hours and have to que up.

    If I can fly out from the US, you can fly out from HK easily.

    Let me know. If you want to PM me, you know where I hang out.

  • asifclueless

    US Media starts to cover WAG Tour and raves about “STAY”   
    They included a few videos of Stay.        

    “Adam Lambert kicked-off his “We Are Glamily” tour on Sunday (February 17) in Seoul, South Korea and on his setlist he’s included a stellar cover of Rihanna’s latest hit single “Stay”…Watch video below!  …       Rihanna’s version or Adam’s version? …”


    He has great songs, IMO. He needs radio to play them. If you want ballads, Chokehold, BE, OOL, MAP are just as good as Stay, IMO, but no one got to hear them.

  • lovetheusa1776


  • girlygirltoo

    That first link is a UK site…not a US one :)

  • peter18

    The video you posted has the best audio yet.. listen with headphones and crank it up!  Just amazing!!

  • gferna

    Not a fan of Rihanna, for multiple reasons in fact :) but, Adam can sing this at cero degree of difficulty, I mean, it’s an easy song… but he doesn’t have the guts to sing runnin or clyg (sniff)!
    Thanks God he did not sing Trespassing.

  • Susan Reiter

    Oh, he DID sing Trepassing!  And FYE and many others : )

  • peter18

    Great audio..



  • lovetheusa1776

    Lambert has said that slower songs can be more difficult to sing than the barnburners.  Believe the quality of the voice is more exposed in those long, legato lines of melody.

  • peter18

    Here’s the whole show from Seoul, Korea.

  • MellyPer1692

    He did sing Trespassing. I don’t think Adam needs to sing Runnin’ or CLYG on tour. He shines vocally on very difficult songs that most singers wouldn’t even attempt. I think Runnin’ doesn’t fit his set and I can’t stand CLYG, so I’m happy lol.

  • mmb

    @SonyMusicKr_POP: ?Congrats?Adam lamberts received Gold Sales Achievent plaque for his debut album [For Your Entertainment] yesterday ?

    Re runnin and clyg. Adam clearly is not as enamored of those songs as some of his fans. If he wanted to sing them he would. I don’t think He lacks the ” guts” to sing anything. He can sing anything live. He just doesn’t want to sing those songs for whatever reason. It’s certainly his prerogative

  • gferna

    Oh, crap…. please, do not share the video link… we don’t want this here… 

  • marie

    Voice of an angel. his voice is beyond amazing!!

  • jlurksacto

     “we don’t want this here…”  A “royal” we?

  • Robert

    Jennifer Nettles and Adam both sing Rihanna’s songs better than she does.

  • Q3

     There were plenty of upbeat songs on the setlist…


    Show intro
    1. If I Had You
    2. Cuckoo
    3. Never Close Your Eyes
    4. Music Again
    5. Pop That Lock
    6. Whataya Want From Me

    2nd Section
    7. Chokehold
    8. Broken English
    9. Stay – Rihanna cover
    10. Underneath
    11. Outlaws of Love

    3rd Section
    Skit (while Adam changes)
    12. Kick’ In
    13. For Your Entertainment
    14. Fever
    15. Dragon Attack (Queen cover)
    16. Shady

    17. Encore: Trespassing

  • Q3

    There are better quality fan videos of this song — here is one:
    Published by theaterianX
    I expect that some more HD videos will surface in the next 24 hours.

  • Mariyas

    Absolutely stunning performance!!!
    The stunning voice with the stunning face with the stunning stage presence.
    What can I say, I’m simply STUNNED!!!

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, thank you Q3… I have to admit, when I bought the ticket, I was a bit reluctant… even as a huge fan… Now after seeing this setlist, I feel excited !

  • lovetheusa1776

    Thanks for the list – like how cohesive each of the sections are – and how WWFM segues into the second slower section.  He’s a true entertainer – involved in all aspects of a show.  (Might say, the ending of Chokehold was extraordinarily beautiful and sensuous – pure magic.)

  • seashellz51

     Oh wow that is such a clear video! OMG! Crystal clear! You can hear every vocal nuance. Stunning.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Take on the Trespassing lyrics? – “we don’t want this here”

  • Axxxel

    Maybe gferna means him/herself and me … not a big fan of Trespassing as well LOL

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Thank you, MellyPer! I’ve been waiting for it last night before I went to bed but such no luck. And what a nice to wake up to! Lovely, lovely rendition!

    I think me and Broken English have a special affair or something…lol
    I’m so in love with that song(and the singer hehe)

    Coffee + BE= cloud 9:)

  • lovetheusa1776

    JN – “Stay” with a twang?  Love to hear that.

  • Axxxel

    wow, you come all the way from the USA ? yeah Singapore is a nice place to watch concerts… even though last time I saw Adam over there it was GA… so you are lucky right now that you are able to sit. Jakarta is also GA … oh well.. So have fun in Singapore, discovering Asian food (durian ?) ,culture and Adam…

    HK may be relatively close to Singapore but I think the (plane) ticketprice and the Singaporean hotel rates still eats at our budgets.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    God, Axxxel, I love Durian!
    What does people say about it? Smells like hell but taste like heaven?
    Best fruit!

    LOL OT, I know:)

  • lovetheusa1776

    Yes, obviously.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Dr. Brian May @DrBrianMay

    “@psychosm1212: @adamlambert “Dragon Attack”. … @TommyJoeRatliff – NICE !!! Might be a great single for ADAM ! Bri

  • Nadine_Bitch

    The best video(yet) of Underneath.

    Thank you!

  • Enough already!

    Thanks for putting up the two Adam in South Korea videos.   I feel there is nothing that Adam cannot sing.   His voice is magnificent and well trained.  Add that out of the world voice to his looks, his charisma and stage presence and I can think of no other artist that holds a candle to him.   He does his entire show based solely on his vocals, his band, dancers and backup girls.  No fireworks, no grand background, except for that voice.  I am blathering on…time to stop!

  • HKfan

    Relatively close, but still a 4 hour flight!!!

  • HKfan

    smells like s*** and tastes like s***!!!!!
    Actually I’ve kinda of gotten used to the smell wafting round the supermarkets now, but never the taste!

  • Axxxel

    wow, if Adam is allowed to make that song his next single… or have that song featured on his next album….dream dream…

  • lovetheusa1776

    Just watched it pretty much through in its entirety – and you’re correct – the vocals are paramount – just a small “glamily,” some lights, small staircase, three outfits – that’s it.  Yet he puts a show together that’s riveting from beginning to end.  How many “famous” singers could do that?  – — With you – can’t think of any.

  • Happen Happen

    Here’s an account of one of one of the more involved Korean fans (Lain, in the comments):

    The fans sang Adam’s songs for half an hour after the concert. Later they learned that he was sitting at the door listening the whole time instead of going to this waiting room.

  • Barbara Schneier

    Both Stay and Underneath are Perfection! Adam gave Stay the Poignancy and depth the song deserves! Underneath’s lyrics with Adam’s Voice like no other voice singing it is beyond earthly! Adam’s soul is in that song! Never heard a voice as exquisite!!

  • standtotheright

    That was restrained and very nicely done. Glad that he’s getting such a good reception.

  • bridgette12

    Adam needs to go back to Korea for another concert. It sounded like everyone had a great time and he had a fantastic audience.

  • teri63

    What a beautiful cover!  Being a current hit that’s right in his wheelhouse, it was a really smart and gorgeous addition to his already great lineup of songs.  I love all the outstanding press he’s getting for this cover; what a great way for him to maintain visibility here in the US while he’s away for his international mini-tour.  

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Uh, I predicted this would happen. So sad for Pinoy fans:(

    Manila Concert Scene ?@ManilaconcertsBreaking news: Adam Lambert’s Trespassing World Tour in Manila concert has been cancelled.pollyness ?@pollyness@texshellbell the promoter was shit. fucked-up the venue, no relevant promo done for the show, nothing. it’s just really frustrating tbh.

    pollyness ?@pollynessi knew things were fucked up the moment they shuffled venues between diff promoters w/o any semblance of promo.let it be known that whatever bullshit daly and SM try to weave abt
    this, this isnt abt ticket sales.they have been fucking w/ us since Dec.Alex A. ?@YumeOhEight What Adam Lambert’s visit here is cancelled and i didn’t even know he’s coming? argh.

  • bridgette12

     I’m not surprised that this happened. It was a screwed up situation from the beginning. But if they want to add another concert to replace this one, it won’t be too hard to schedule another one somewhere else.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam Lambert surely doesn’t have to prove his vocal prowess, but the
    former “American Idol” contestant set the bar even higher with his
    rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay.”

    Adam Lambert Flawlessly Performs Full Version of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ in Korea Adam Lambert’s Full Cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” in Seoul

    Adam Lambert covers Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ in full (Feb 18, 2013)”Glambert
    is a fan of showing off his impressive (and possibly currently
    incomparable) vocal range, but his delivery is understated for
    the ballad, and it works. Lambert still belts like a champ, but he
    conveys just as much emotion — possibly more — when he tones it down.
    The former ‘American Idol‘
    runner-up displays not only his typical vocal power and passion, but
    also a vulnerability that he doesn’t showcase often, and it works
    beautifully.” appears that the tease was not just for fun as he treated the fans in Seoul to a pretty faultless rendition of ‘Stay’…
    Adam Lambert Flawlessly Performs Full Version of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ in Korea (Feb 18, 2013)

  • Axxxel

    I don’t really know what happened but I think there was a scheduling issue in which the K-pop group that was scheduled after Lambert’s show, needed an extra day to build up his stage…which would then be too close to Lambert’s show…  sigh…

    At least Adam can spend some more days shopping in Japan or sightseeing in China…

  • Axxxel

    This reminds me of Indonesia in 2010… I think they were not able to book a good venue for an Jakarta Glamnation concert back then… Then again, fingers crossed for Jakarta 2013.. At least they already have the venue…

  • Sharon S.

    Thanks so much for the collection of links!

    One more…from Idolator:

    This one refers to a cover by – wait for it – Vin Diesel, that must be heard to be believed.  OMG.

  • bridgette12

     I think  the rest of the tour is fine, there was problem from the beginning with Manilla and the revolving venues. I’m looking forward to him playing Jakarta because it’s a place he wanted to go to before but never got the opportunity.

  • peter18

    Enhanced video of Stay merging 2 videos.

  • YankeeFan08

    Gorgeous cover of @rihanna’s “Stay” by @adamlambert …

    Another nice press cycle for Adam!  Not surprised … Stay is gorgeous!

  • weareallinnocent

    Gorgeous. Wow.

    I really miss hearing him sing. So glad he’s touring now. Thanks so much for the videos, enhanced and otherwise. :-)

    For some reason, this one takes me back to his Upright Caberet days, which I adore. Sweet. May have to have a nostalgic listen sometime soon. So busy these days, little time for Adam immersion. Need to go there though. Healing somehow.

    Thanks again to all contributers, and of course, our host, MJ. Thanks so much for keeping the site going. It can be such an oasis for those of us with little time but lots of love for our Idols! Thank you, thank you…

  • asifclueless

    Adam Lambert   – Feb 19 Concert Tokyo, Japan at the Shibuya Public Hall at 7pm    

    World Clock  

  • Natalie Blake

    Fantastic!! Adam has such incredible voice control and a beautiful tone to his voice. He’s truly one of the BEST singers to come out of Idol.

  • Natalie Blake

    Shoot, the link isn’t working! Takes me to the Youtube home page.