• Tue, Feb 12 2013

Rihanna Releases Video For “Stay,” If You Can Call It That

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Rihanna released a video for her new song “Stay” and it appears that the song’s title also refers to her staying in the bathtub well beyond the point of wrinkled fingertips.

You can watch below, but to sum up the video, it’s Rihanna in a bathtub looking sad at the camera…

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Looking sad away from the camera…

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Switching positions slightly and looking sad…

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Closing her eyes and looking sad…

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You get the picture.

I will say this. I love this song. I think it’s beautiful and almost heals my ears from the injury done by that annoying lyric “Shine bright like a diamond.” (Crap. Now that’s in my head for the next week and a half.)

But if I found Rihanna’s performance of this song at the Grammys to be boring, boy was I in for a surprise with this video. We’re not in Disturbia anymore, Toto.

To say that this is RiRi’s simplest video is an understatement. She just sits in the tub. Staring at things. And you know what? It might be the most relatable of her videos to date.

Who hasn’t gotten stuck in the tub or shower by pure inertia? You promise yourself you’ll get out in five minutes. But then five minutes becomes ten and the next thing you know, the water’s cold, you’ve been in there for a half hour and you’re filming a music video. I get it, girl.

Rihanna only gets up the energy to sing along to the song that this video is for after three minutes of tub-sitting. And she can’t even fully commit to it. She gets a few lip-synched words out and then just gets tired again and starts staring at things.

Again. I can relate. It’s like when I’m in a bad mood and I put on a fun song to dance it out to in my room, and I get half way through the second verse and I’m like, “Okay, that’ll do” and I go back to reading Facebook.

I will admit, there are also a few artistically impressive things about this video which, again, I can’t stress enough, has nothing going on in it.

The video seems to be one take without any cuts. That’s impressive. A full four-plus minutes of sulking without breaking and being like, “Really? You don’t want me to do anything else?” to the director. A full almost-five minutes of being in the bathtub without getting distracted by whether anything is under her nails or whether that tile is loose or if it’s just caulked that way.

Also, Rihanna looks great and is not wearing any makeup that we can tell. I like that. And beyond that, It’s open and honest. And I’m sure those were the words the producers used when pitching this video concept to her. Nonetheless, I respect it. 

Oh RiRi, you never cease to surprise me. Even if it’s by doing nothing.

Watch here:

(Photos: Vimeo)

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