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A chart star by dint of duetting with Rihanna on her 2012 hit 'Stay' (which he also wrote), can Ekko parlay fame-by-association into a proper career? Born John Stephen Sudduth, the Louisiana producer has been around a while: his debut EP came out in 2009, and he's also written for Christina Aguilera. Surprisingly, when Rihanna approached him with a view to recording 'Stay' he hesitated: the tune was very personal and he wasn't sure if he wanted to just give it away. "I struggled so much with that song. It came from a really vulnerable place for me and I don't like writing that kind of stuff. So when I heard Rihanna wanted to record it, it was difficult for me, but I realised it was such a magnificent opportunity. It was a huge affirmation for me. It was an opportunity to marry what I do with arguably the most visible platform on the planet. That was so cool to me, because that was the last song you'd expect."

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