So it is Day Four of My Week with Rihanna. Today's choice is the single Love the Way you Lie, released in 2010. Its actually an Eminem song featuring Rihanna, and is taken from his album Recovery.
Love the Way you Lie was written by Skylar Grey, who later sang with Eminem, and is apparently about a previous abusive relationship of hers. According to the press, Eminem chose Rihanna to sing the chorus due to both his and her previous troubled relationships.
Love the Way you Lie was a huge hit in the UK, reaching number one in the R&B chart, but just stopping at number 2 in the singles chart. It should have been a number one. Its fantastic.
This is quite a slow, dark song and although its a pop record, its clearly in touch with its rap and R&B artists genres too. Eminem is dark and brooding, and Rihanna's vocals are beautiful. The two combined is spine tingling.
The song is about a troubled relationship, where the two people love each other but are destroying one another. They can't live together, but they cannot be apart. The lyrics are powerful, as Rihanna sings "Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, but that's alright because I like the way it hurts" Eminem raps "you ever love somebody so much you can barely breathe when you're with 'em". Its all about obsessive, powerful and destructive love.
The video is quite possibly one of the best I have ever seen, albeit disturbing and emotional. It shows a couple, played by Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan fighting, making up and fighting again. Eminem and Rihanna sing and rap in front of a burning house, and interspersed between we see shots of the couple before things got so bad. Its poweful and its convincingly real - a bit too much so at times. Fabulously shot, and really showing how relationships can be devastating.
Music rarely is better done than this. Its not a happy cheery number for sure, but its mesmerising and powerful. They are both hugely talented and at their best here. This collaboration just works. Plain and simple. An awesome song. Go and have a listen and let me know what you think.
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