Stay with Me (Kumi Koda song)

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"Stay with Me"
Single by Kumi Koda
from the album Trick
B-side Winter Bell
Released December 24, 2008
Genre J-pop, pop
Length 04:58
Label Rhythm Zone
Writer(s) Kumi Koda
Kumi Koda singles chronology
"Stay with Me"
"It's All Love!"

"Stay with Me" (stylized as stay with me) is the forty-second single by Japanese R&B/pop artist Kumi Koda. It charted at #1 on the Oricon Weekly charts and remained on the charts for nine weeks. This became the first time Kumi released two consecutive #1 singles, whereas her previous single, "Taboo," also charted at number one.

The single was released in both CD and CD+DVD, with limited editions of both. A version was also released exclusively for her fan club.


stay with me is Japanese singer-songwriter Kumi Koda's forty-second single. It debuted at #1 on Oricon, making it her sixth number-one single and the first time in her career to have released two number-one singles back-to-back, whereas Taboo had also charted at #1.[1][2] The single remained on the Oricon charts for nine weeks.

stay with me was described as a "winter love ballad" by her official site. Limited editions of the single featured an orgel version of stay with me, a poster and a draw card, similar to that of Taboo.[3]

This was also the second time one of her singles received an exclusive release for her fan club. Those editions included a poster, but also gave the buyers the option of a mirror or mousepad with the fan club CD picture on it.[4][5]

The single contained one b-side, Winter Bell. This was a more upbeat song and carried an overall Christmas-time feel with signature bells being heard in the song's opening and during the song's chorus.

The single is certified Gold by RIAJ for shipment of 100,000 copies.[6]


stay with me was released in three editions:

  • CD: contains four musical tracks.
  • CD [Fan Club Edition]: contains two musical tracks, poster and choice of a mirror or mouse pad.
  • CD+DVD: contains four musical tracks, music video and making video.

Limited editions of the CD and CD+DVD versions came with a poster and the bonus "orgel version" of stay with me.

Promotional Advertisements[edit]

stay with me was used in advertisements for au LISMO and Sony Ericsson in Japan.[7][8]

Music Video[edit]

The music video for stay with me carried a theme similar to her 2006 single Yume no Uta/futari de..., most notably futari de... for the visuals. The video also centered around the use of a cellphone, much like the aforementioned single.

The video carried a story of a woman, played by Kumi, who was having conflicting feelings over a love interest after a fight. She goes to the train station, which was shown to be the place they first met, and sends a photo via cellphone to her partner. Throughout the video, she envisions him arriving and continually checks her phone awaiting his response. After waiting for what is presumed to be an allotted amount of time, she leaves the platform and goes to sit outside. A message then sends to her phone, which reads, "I want to start over . . . I love you." She looks up to see her partner and he runs to her.

Track list[edit]


No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "stay with me" Kumi Koda Kazuto Narumi Daisuke Kahara 04:58
2. "Winter Bell" Kumi Koda Ryuichiro Yamaki Hiroto Suzuki 04:09
3. "stay with me" (Orgel Version)     Shinjiro Inoue 02:40
4. "stay with me" (Instrumental)   Kazuto Narumi Daisuke Kahara 04:54
5. "Winter Bell" (Instrumental)   Ryuichiro Yamaki Hiroto Suzuki 04:08
DVD: Music Videos
No. Title Length
1. "stay with me" (Music Video) 05:08
2. "stay with me [Another Edition]" (Music Video)  
CD: Fanclub Limited Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "stay with me" Kumi Koda Kazuto Narumi Daisuke Kahara 04:58
2. "stay with me" (Instrumental)   Kazuto Narumi Daisuke Kahara 04:54


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
December 24, 2008 Oricon Daily Charts 1
Oricon Weekly Charts 1 39,860 70,657[9] 8 Weeks
Oricon Monthly Charts 3
Oricon Yearly Charts 88

Billboard Japan Sales Chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position
December 24, 2008 Billboard Japan Hot 100 1
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay 4
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Days" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
January 5, 2009
Succeeded by
"Yume no Tsubomi" by Remioromen
Preceded by
"Days/Green" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Oricon Weekly number one single
January 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"Ai Kakumei" by Hideaki Takizawa

Alternate Versions[edit]

stay with me

  1. stay with me: Found on the single (2008) and corresponding album TRICK (2009)
  2. stay with me [Orgel Version]: Found on the single (2008)
  3. stay with me [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2008)
  4. stay with me [World Sketch Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 2 (2010)


  1. ^ "stay with me / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "TABOO / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "stay with me (Limited Edition) - Koda Kumi". JaME World. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "KODA KUMI stay with me Mini Mirror". Shoppies. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "stay with me (Fanclub Limited Edition) - Koda Kumi". JaME World. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2008年12月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b "DISCOGRAPHY - Stay With Me". Koda Kumi's official website. Retrieved 03/11/2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "stay with me au LISMO". DailyMotion. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ 『上半期ランキング』はこちら (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-06-22.