"Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)" (CD Single)

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Rihanna keeps her lyrics clean in raw, pensive ballad.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Stay" doesn't have bad messages, but the idea of whether to continue a relationship isn't appropriate for younger kids.

Positive role models

Rihanna has made some controversial decisions, including reuniting with an abusive ex.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The video features Rihanna naked in a bathtub, although nothing graphic is shown.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Stay" is one of Rihanna's tamer tracks. Rihanna, in the news as much for her music as she is for her steamy image and her romance with fellow pop star Chris Brown, puts her heart into this straightforward, stripped-down piano ballad. The video is indeed provocative, with Rihanna lying naked in a bathtub, but the song's lyrics are clean and convey love and confusion: She wants her lover to stay, although she's not really sure how to feel about it. Overall, this is a fine choice for younger Rihanna fans.

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Kids say

What's the story?

"STAY" is the second Top 10 single from Unapologetic, Rihanna's seventh studio effort. Viewed in light of her 2009 domestic violence issues with Chris Brown and their subsequent on-again, off-again romance, it's tempting to read into these lyrics, which express heartfelt confusion about whether a relationship should continue.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

"Stay" is stripped-down and barebones -- piano, vocals, and a few subtle effects -- and the effect can be hypnotic. Rihanna's vocals are in fine form, and her duet partner is no slouch, either: Apparently, when Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko submitted the demo, Rihanna liked his voice and brought him onto the finished track; his falsetto sounds great on its own and blended with Rihanna's.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about intense relationships that cause conflicting feelings of pleasure and pain. Why does love sometimes create such strong feelings?

  • How do you think this stripped-down style compares with other Rihanna songs? 

  • Why do you think partners stay in troubled relationships? How can you help a friend who is in a dysfunctional relationship?

Music details

Artist:Rihanna
Release date:February 13, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Def Jam
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybscgirl March 14, 2013
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8
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stay

lovely song i see nothing wrong
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Parent Written byTVAGE December 18, 2013
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15
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15+

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What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bysmashingepicness767 July 13, 2013
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10
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A very angelic piece, raw and beautiful at the same time

One of the best songs by Rihanna. Really, I can't choose the best song ever done by her, can I? Her angelic voice blends in beautifully throughout the song together with Mikky Ekko. I wasn't expecting the video to be stripped down, naked, do I? But at least it matches the song. Tweens and teens can watch the video however, in my opinion, it is not appropriate for children below the age given above.

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