It first surfaced on iTunes way back in November of 2012, but "Clarity," by Zedd featuring Foxes , is still going strong on the charts...and everywhere else. It's been performed on The Voice and Glee , and just this week, it soundtracked one couple's ballroom performance on Dancing with the Stars. So why does the song seem to have such staying power? Zedd says he's got a few guesses.
Zedd, whose birth name is Anton Zaslavski , thinks that "Clarity" is one of those rare songs that still sounds fresh, even though you've heard it a million times. "There's a couple songs that just seem to be, I don't know...it's not like a trendy thing, but I guess it just stays relevant," he tells ABC News Radio. One example he cites is the Sia/David Guetta hit "Titanium."
"I mean, I don't know when that song came out, probably two and a half years ago...[but] that song is still super relevant to me," Zedd says of "Titanium." "And I hope that 'Clarity' will become something like that as well: not played out and gone, but kind of timeless in a way."
Another thing helping the song's popularity is that the lyrics describe, in a new way, a situation that's very common: being in a relationship with someone you know isn't good for you, but you just can't stay away.
"That's totally a very difficult balance to find," explains Zedd. "To say something that everybody knows, feels, or has felt before, in a way that still sounds, y'know, beautiful, and not cheesy." And "Clarity" seems to have that particular quality.
"I've seen a lot of tweets of people that you know say, like, 'This describes my situation with [my boyfriend or girlfriend] perfectly' and stuff like that," he tells ABC News Radio, "So I do think that that probably adds to the success of the song."
We'll see if fans embrace Zedd's brand-new single the way they have "Clarity." It's called " Stay the Night, " and it features Hayley Williams from Paramore on vocals. It's the first release from the Deluxe Edition of Zedd's album, also called Clarity, which is due on Tuesday.
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