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"River"
Eminemrivercd.png
Single by Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran
from the album Revival
Released December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop[1]
Length 3:41
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Emile Haynie
Eminem singles chronology
"Walk on Water"
(2017)
"River"
(2017)
"Nowhere Fast"
(2018)

"Walk on Water"
(2017)
"River"
(2017)
"Nowhere Fast"
(2018)
Ed Sheeran singles chronology
"End Game"
(2017) End Game2017
"River"
(2017) River2017
"Happier"
(2018) Happier2018
Music video
"River" on YouTube

"River" is a song by American rapper Eminem featuring guest vocals by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It is the fifth track from his ninth solo studio album Revival (2017).[2] The song was written by Mathers, Sheeran and Emile Haynie, and produced by Haynie. "River" was released to radio on December 15, 2017, in Italy, and in the UK on January 5, 2018, as the album's second single. The music video received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Release and promotion[edit]

Ed Sheeran served as the featured vocalist on the song.

The song was released to radio on January 5, 2018. An audio video was uploaded to Eminem's YouTube channel on December 14, 2017. As of August 13, 2018, the video has over 139 million views and 1.9 million likes.

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on February 14, 2018. It was directed by Emil Nava. The video garnered over 5 million views in the first 24 hours of its release. As of August 13, 2018, the video has been viewed over 110 million times and has accumulated over 1.8 million likes.[3][4][5][6] The music video received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Live performances[edit]

Eminem and Ed Sheeran performed the song live together for the first time on the final night of Eminem's Revival Tour at Twickenham Stadium on July 15, 2018.

Reception[edit]

Spin magazine panned it, saying that it's "a song whose perfection of form is matched only by its emptiness of content. It could be beautiful."[7] In contrast, Pure M Magazine gave it a very positive review, stating "While Eminem tries his all-time best to be anthemic, this tune showcases his genuine emotion through his art."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Commercially, it has reached number one in the United Kingdom, making it Eminem's ninth number one there and Sheeran's fifth.[9] It also reached number one in Austria, Norway, Scotland and Sweden as well as the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, and the top 20 in Belgium and the United States.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Argentina Anglo (Monitor Latino)[10] 18
Australia (ARIA)[11] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 3
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[16] 23
Croatia (HRT)[17] 6
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[18] 5
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[19] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[20] 3
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[21] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 2
France (SNEP)[23] 23
Germany (Official German Charts)[24] 2
Greece (IFPI Greece)[25] 6
Hungary (Single Top 40)[26] 8
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[27] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 2
Italy (FIMI)[29] 8
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[30] 1
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[31] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[32] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[33] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[34] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[35] 1
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[36] 50
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[37] 29
Portugal (AFP)[38] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[39] 1
Singapore (RIAS)[40] 13
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[41] 11
Slovenia (SloTop50)[42] 19
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[43] 57
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[44] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[45] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[46] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 11
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[48] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[49] 22
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[50] 21
Venezuela English (Record Report)[51] 27

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[53] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[54] Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[55] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[56] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[57] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[58] Gold 66,666*
Germany (BVMI)[59] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[60] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[62] Platinum 10,000*
Portugal (AFP)[63] Gold 5,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[64] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Italy December 15, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Universal [66]
United Kingdom January 5, 2018 Shady [67]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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