|Single by Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran|
|from the album Revival|
|Released||December 15, 2017|
|Eminem singles chronology|
|Ed Sheeran singles chronology|
"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). 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. "River" details the struggles of a failing relationship that culminates in an abortion.
The song was released on the radio on January 5, 2018. An audio video was uploaded to Eminem's YouTube channel on December 14, 2017. As of May 14, 2020, the video has over 150 million views and 2.2 million likes.
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."
Commercially, it reached number one in the United Kingdom, making it Eminem's ninth number one there and Sheeran's fifth. 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.
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 March 11, 2020, the video has been viewed over 146 million times and has accumulated over 2.2 million likes. 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 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."
Eminem and Ed Sheeran performed the song live together for the first (and to date, only) time on the final night of Eminem's Revival Tour at Twickenham Stadium on July 15, 2018.
|2018||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Cinematography (with Ed Sheeran)||Nominated|
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||30,000|
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Platinum||40,000|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||80,000|
|Denmark (IFPI Danmark)||Platinum||90,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||30,000|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Platinum||60,000|
|Sweden (GLF)||2× Platinum||16,000,000|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||2× Platinum||1,200,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
|Italy||December 15, 2017||Contemporary hit radio||Universal|||
|United Kingdom||January 5, 2018||Polydor|||