A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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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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.
Talk to your kids 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.