Video: Rihanna – “Stay”

February 11, 2013 No comments yet

Rihanna - Stay

Fresh off a solid showing at last night’s Grammys, Rihanna is back to unleash the video to her new single, “Stay.” However, never one to be boring, Rihanna has given us two for the price of one. In the official version of the Sophie Muller-directed video, Rihanna is joined by Mikky Ekko as both singers reflect on on a love gone wrong, while the uncut version features only Rihanna captured at various camera angles. “Stay” is the second single to be lifted off Fenty’s number one album, Unapologetic.

Check out a somber Rihanna below and let us know which version of the video you prefer.

Official Version

Uncut Version

For a video that is so simple in concept, it is simply stunning in execution. The beauty of “Stay” lies in Rihanna’s ability to convey her vulnerability, while still managing to remain in control of the narrative. The lone character in the clip, “Stay” is wholly about Rihanna’s regret over a love lost her inability to overcome. She tosses and turns in the tub, and almost completely ignores the song’s lyrics.

Attention must also be paid to the camera angles that certainly add to the video’s dramatic appeal. With their almost uncomfortable proximity to singer, it’s as though the audience has been given a pass to play voyeur to Rih’s most sensitive moments (something that isn’t unheard of given Rihanna’s love for being close to her fans). I’ve always said that Rihanna’s remains in a lane of her own when it comes to her visuals, a fact that was most recently proven by her Grammy win for the “We Found Love” video last night, and “Stay” is no different. Job well done.

-@MoBettaBoug