"Venom"
Venom (Eminem song) single cover.jpg
Single by Eminem
from the album Kamikaze
ReleasedSeptember 21, 2018
Recorded2018
StudioEffigy Studios (Detroit, Michigan)
Genre
Length4:29[1]
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Eminem singles chronology
"Killshot"
(2018)
"Venom"
(2018)
"Lucky You"
(2018)
Music video
"Venom" on YouTube

"Venom (Music from the Motion Picture)", more commonly known as simply "Venom", is a song by American rapper Eminem, written for the soundtrack of the 2018 film of the same name and featured in his album Kamikaze. It was released as a digital single on September 21, 2018. Following the album's release, the track entered the charts in several countries, hitting the top 50 in the United States, Canada and Australia. A remix to the song was released on October 5, 2021, two days after the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the film's sequel.[2] Eminem was also featured in a song by Skylar Grey on that film's soundtrack as well.[3]

Background

On August 30, 2018, Eminem posted a 15-seconds teaser showing Venom's title with the "E" turning to the "backwards Ǝ" , used as Eminem's emblem and that he was going to feature Thusho (aka TheeBrain) from South Africa.[4] Seven hours later, on August 31, 2018, Eminem's previously unannounced album Kamikaze was released, and "Venom" appeared as its final track.[5] On September 21, 2018, the track was released as a separate digital single on streaming services.[6]

The song includes multiple references to the Venom film and to its title characters Venom and Eddie Brock.[7]

Music video

On October 3, 2018, Eminem teased on his Twitter account that a music video for the song would be released the following Friday.[8] The music video was released on October 5, 2018.[9] As a continuation to his previous "Fall" music video, its first scene shows a bystander finding the previously crushed Revival CD, opening the case to find a completely black disc. Just as it begins to react, he puts it in his bag and gets on a bus. As the song starts, an Eminem symbiote crawls up the man's neck, causing him to start rapping to the song, before he infects the bus driver by throwing him out the door, who then also starts rapping. The Eminem symbiote spreads around, infecting innocent bystanders (and a dog) and making them cause damage to the town while rapping.[10][11]

During the first part of the video, Eminem, is shown while performing the song inside of a dark room, dressed in all black with only one light shining in the background. In the final scene, after getting possessed by the symbiote, the final victim shown turns into Eminem himself to rap the final chorus, before turning into Sony's Spider-Man Universe/Marvel Comics' character Venom.[12]

Live performances

During the October 15, 2018 episode of the late-night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eminem performed the song at the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building in New York City.[13] The performance was filmed on October 6, 2018, and it was part of an eight-minute video, directed by James Larese and featuring Mexican-American comedian Guillermo Rodriguez.[14][15] The music video was shot on a Google Pixel 3.

Track listing

Digital Download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Venom"4:29[1]

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[42] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[43] Gold 45,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[44] Gold 100,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[45] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[46] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[47] Gold 5,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various September 21, 2018 Digital download [1]
Italy October 19, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Universal [49]

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