Stay in the Middle

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"Stay in the Middle"
Stay in the Middle.jpg
Single by Hill featuring Samantha Mumba
from the album Filling in the Pages
Released August 2009 (2009-08)
Format Digital download, airplay
Recorded June 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:25
Label Sensible Records
Writer(s) Hill Zaini, Samantha Mumba, Eric Appapulay, Prince Azim
Producer(s) Jon Moon
Hill chronology
"Stay in the Middle"
"Buat Selamanya"
Samantha Mumba chronology
"I'm Right Here"
"Stay in the Middle"
"Titus Boy"

"Stay in the Middle" is a pop ballad by Hill featuring Samantha Mumba. It is written by Hill Zaini, Samantha Mumba, Eric Appapulay and Prince Azim, and produced by Jon Moon for Hill's debut album, Filling in the Pages (2010). The ballad is Hill's debut single and was released to iTunes in August 2009, with an international release in 2010.[1] The song was a Top 5 hit on Brunei's Pelangi FM chart.[2]

Background and theme[edit]

"Stay in the Middle" is about taking chances and holding on to what one has worked hard for. The lyrics are related to Hill's obstacles of having to leave a major music talent show, but never giving up on his dreams.[3]

The song was recorded at Sensible Music Studios and was released under Sensible Records.[4]

Music video[edit]

The single's music video, directed by Omero Mumba, was shot in London in December 2009 and features a cameo appearance by US superstar Mariah Carey who is seen in the first 15 seconds.[5] The video follows Hill wandering around a party contemplatively; while Samantha Mumba is breaking up with her boyfriend. It was a recipient of a 2010 AVIMA (Asia Pacific Voice Independent Music Award) for Most Mindblowing Music Video where it came in third place.[6]


Chart Peak
Brunei Pelangi FM[2] 5


  1. ^ "Hill Official Myspace Page". 
  2. ^ a b "Pelangi FM Website". 
  3. ^ "Hill withdraws from P2F 2008". 2008. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sensible Music Ltd. Website". 
  5. ^ "Which Prince is Back in Court?". January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Up Dharma Down's "Sana" Wins Best Music Video at AVIMA 2010"