The video premiered on E! News before making its way online. The music video for “Stay” shows a stripped-down Rihanna, as the singer soaks in a tub, looking vulnerable and forlorn. Never one to shy away from the scandalous, Rihanna appears naked in the video.
“Diamonds” was the only single released before “Unapologetic” hit stores. Def Jam recently announced that it was moving both “Stay” and “Pour It Up.” The two songs couldn’t be any more different: One is a sensitive ballad about love, loss and broken hearts, while “Pour It Up” sees Rihanna borrowing heavily from Juicy J’s strip club anthem, “Bands Make Her Dance.” (“Bands” and “Pour It Up” both feature sleepy production by Mike Will and focus on throwing cash around around naked women.)
Ekko and Rihanna performed “Stay” at Sunday night’s Grammys, where she also joined Sting, Bruno Mars and Damian and Ziggy Marley for a tribute to Bob Marley. While she was among the best-dressed stars at the event, the singer disappointed a number of fans by snuggling up to Chris Brown at the event. After the Grammys, Rihanna and Brown were spotted at a nightclub and in Brown car, an unnerving image given that this year’s award show marked four years since Brown viciously assaulted her.
“Unapologetic” is Rihanna’s seventh studio album. You may remember that it was heralded by the Rihanna Plane, a seven-day, seven-country tour that featured Rihanna and 150 increasingly cranky journalists on one chartered plane.
by Kia Makarechi