"California King Bed" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

RiRi's relationship goes sour in clean but mature track.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song is about a troubled romantic relationship.

Positive role models

Neither positive nor negative role models; just about a romantic relationship not working.

Not applicable

Talks about kissing and sleeping in the same bed with someone.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "California King Bed" is among the cleanest of Rihanna's songs, with none of the hardcore allusions to sex that sometimes appear in her tunes. Still, the track clearly refers to a sexual relationship, with lyrics about kissing and sleeping in the same bed with someone. Though the song doesn't have any profanity and references to violence or substances, the single's focus on a mature sexual relationship may make parents of younger tweens think twice.

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Kids say

What's the story?

"CALIFORNIA KING BED" is one of the cleaner singles from the album Loud by R&B superstar Rihanna. While the song clearly focuses on a mature relationship involving a sexually active couple ("Lips that felt just like the inside of a rose ... you were sleeping next to me"), it omits graphic descriptions about sex, substance use, or other adult topics and avoids explicit language. That said, the topic of a mature sexual relationship alone might be enough to give parents of younger tweens pause.

Is it any good?


Rihanna's star doesn't shine quite as bright in this ballad, with its plodding melody and somewhat mundane vocals making the song sound just OK overall. Though they're generally more mature than this song, the artist's faster-tempo hits are much more appealing -- at least from a musical standpoint.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics "Side by side ... we were always just that close ... so how come when I reach out my fingers ... we're ten thousand miles apart?" What are some of the reasons that two people who were once close might grow apart?

  • What are some things you can do to foster relationships in order to keep them strong and healthy?

  • Parents, talk to your kids about your family's values when it comes to sex and relationships.

Music details

Release date:July 16, 2011
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old September 9, 2011

the caliornia bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it is a very good song but it can have visual contact and cussing except for eminem cussing
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bybonesfan101 August 20, 2011

fine for 10+

mostly clean breakup song
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieReviewGuy August 12, 2011

Good for 12+

This single is OK for Tweens and up. Though it does revolve around a relationship that is failing, there are no sexual actions/implications/messages in the song.


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