Rihanna feat. Eminem, 'Love the Way You Lie (Pt II)': Hear the sequel to their smash duet | EW.com

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Rihanna feat. Eminem, 'Love the Way You Lie (Pt II)': Hear the sequel to their smash duet

rihanna-eminemImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/EM/WireImage.comEven while the original still lingers at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100—where it spent a chart-busting seven weeks in the top spot this summer—Rihanna and Eminem have released a sequel to their combative-love ballad “Love the Way You Lie,” this time flipping the “featuring” credit to make the pop star its main player, and the rapper her guest.

Aside from several new Rihanna-led verses and more atmospheric, Ryan Tedder-esque synths in place of the first song’s harder instrumental charge, the melody and main hook on “Love the Way You Lie (Pt. II),” which will appear on her upcoming album Loud, is essentially unchanged; stream it here:

Still, listeners looking for insight into the two stars’ famously turbulent personal lives will find more fodder here from both. Rihanna’s new verses, including “On the first page of our story / The future seemed so bright / then this thing turned out so evil / I don’t know why I’m still surprised” and “So maybe I’m a masochist/ I want to run but I don’t ever leave,” continue to conjure thoughts of her relationship with Chris Brown, and Eminem brings his own considerable history to lines like “Try and touch me so I scream at you not to touch me/ Run out the room and I’ll follow you like a lost puppy/ Baby without you I’m nothing/ I’m so lost/ Hug me and then tell me how ugly I am/ But that you’ll always love me” spins the first song’s story of domestic violence further forward. Stream it here:

Rihanna actually told MTV News recently that she initially thought a sequel shouldn’t be done at all: “When I first heard the idea about doing a part two,” she said last week, “I was just completely against it. I just felt like you couldn’t beat the original. There’s no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it?”

Later, she changed her mind: “We heard a broken-down version that was stripped down, just piano … that’s going to be a bonus on iTunes,” she said. “I fell in love with it. We recorded it, then we did another version to the stripped-down version with drums, then we did another version with drums and Eminem. And then that was the one that just felt really good.”

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