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Watch Jared Leto Sing Rihanna’s ‘Stay’


Jared Leto covered Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ at the Live Lounge and have to say, I am not a Jared Leto fan. I think he is pretentious, I think his music stinks and despite his cultural status as an ageless time lord, I don’t care for the man’s aesthetic. He fizzled out for me after My So-Called Life and Requiem For A Dream and I really can’t remember what else he did of not besides getting the shit kicked out of him by Edward Norton in Fight Club. Admittedly, I am excited to see his role as a transsexual with HIV/AIDS in the Dallas Buyer’s Club along side Matthew McConaughey. Besides that I am indifferent, if not annoyed by him. He just tries so hard to look artistic instead of just being an artist, kind of like Lady Gaga, but even I enjoy her more than Jared Leto. To each their own, I know.

So what is the point in this rant about how lame Jared Leto is? Well the build up tot his climax is that I really like this cover of Rihanna‘s ‘Stay.’  I very much enjoy this rendition and for a second I actually believed Jared Leto might be cool until I realized he was wearing sunglasses in an extremely, dimly lit room which is about as douche-y as it gets, so there. Still, I like the song.

I may think this guy is a jerk off but there’s one thing I can’t deny, he has a great, live singing voice and when he croons these Rihanna lyrics they sound richer, sadder and darker. Maybe I prefer this version because I find Rihanna’s voice nasally and grating, even though I very much like her as a person. I am all kinds of conflicted as you can see. I’ll never be a 30 Seconds To Mars fan but if Jared wants to cover other pop ballads like Britney Spears’ ‘Every Time,’ or Lady Gaga’s ‘Speechless,’ I would very much enjoy those things. He should just ditch 30 Seconds To Mars and start a Rihanna cover band, that’s one tour, I’d pay like $20 to see. That’s a lot of money for me, that’s like, almost 4 lattes.

Here is why I am excited to see Jared Leto in the Dallas Buyer’s Club

    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.