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Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran
Released December 15, 2017
Genre Pop rap, Rap rock
Length 3:41
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer Marshall Mathers, Ed Sheeran, Emile Haynie
Producer Emile Haynie
Single information
Single release December 15, 2017
Video release February 14, 2018
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River is a song by Eminem featuring guest vocals from Ed Sheeran. It is the fifth track from his ninth studio album Revival (released 2017). [1][2][3] The song was written by Mathers, Sheeran, and Emile Haynie and was produced by Haynie. "River" made its way onto the radio on December 15, 2017, and in Italy and the UK on January 5, 2018, as the album's second single.[4][5] The music video received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV Music Video Awards. "River" details the struggles of a failing relationship that culminates in an abortion.

Release and promotion[]

The song was released on the radio on January 5, 2018. An audio video was released the year prior on Eminem's YouTube channel on December 14, 2017. As of July 17, 2021, the video has over 195 million views and 2 million+ likes.


Spin magazine panned the song, stating that it was "a song whose perfection of form is matched only by its emptiness of content. It could be beautiful."[6]

Commercial Performance[]

Commercially, the song reached #1 in the UK, making it Eminem's ninth #1 there and Ed Sheeran's fifth.[7][8] It also reached number one in Austria, Norwau, Scotland, and Sweden as well as the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lenbanon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, and the top 20 in Belgium and the United States.


The music video for the song was released on February 14, 2018. It was directed by Emil Nava. The video received over 5 million views in its first 24 hours after the release. As of July 17, 2021, the video has received more than 173 million views and received more than 2.4 million likes.[9][10][11][12][3][13][14][15] The music video received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

In their review of the video, Fuse described some of the scenes in the video as "tense and serious", further stating that a "dark-haired Eminem plays the role so well and raps rhymes about making a woman give up her baby so convincingly, it's not entirely clear what's true and what's made up."[16][17][18][19]


Eminem - River (Audio) ft. Ed Sheeran




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  13. Roth, Madeline. "Eminem And Ed Sheeran Dial Up The Drama In First 'River' Video Teaser". MTV News.
  14. "Eminem and Ed Sheeran Unleash Brilliant 'River' Music Video | MTV UK". www.mtv.co.uk.
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  16. M&m. "Eminem and Ed Sheeran's 'River' Video is Tough to Watch, But Worth It: Watch". Fuse. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  17. "Eminem and Ed Sheeran tackle the dark side of relationships in harrowing River video". February 14, 2018.
  18. "Eminem Confronts Lover About Pregnancy in Dark River Video - XXL". XXL Mag.
  19. "Video: Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran - 'River' | Rap-Up.". www.rap-up.com.