Album Ratings Guide

Parental Advice


Since 1985, the RIAA has labeled music releases containing explicit lyrics, including explicit depictions of violence and sex, with a parental advisory so parents can determine whether that album is appropriate for their child.

The RIAA created and administers the Parental Advisory program. Individual record companies decide which releases should be labeled.

Many retailers have in-store policies forbidding the sale of records containing the Parental Advisory Label to those younger than 18, though selling such records to minors is not unlawful. Policies regarding the sale of stickered records are made at the retail-level.

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