It is the sequel to the hit single " Love the Way You Lie ", which appears on Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery. It received positive reviews from critics and was performed for at the American Music Awards of on November 21, , as part of a medley with " What's My Name? Following the release and commercial success of " Love the Way You Lie " in , Eminem wanted to record an alternative version with Rihanna as the lead vocalist, viewing aspects of a relationship from a female perspective, unlike the original, which featured Eminem as lead vocalist and was from a male perspective. I just felt like you couldn't beat the 'original'. There's no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it? But I did and so it was on Rihanna's album, too. The piano and drums version, which features Eminem, appears as the final song on the standard edition of Loud , while the piano version, which excludes Eminem's part in the song, appears as a bonus track on the iTunes edition of Loud. According to sheet music published at Musicnotes, the song is written in common time with a moderate tempo of 83 beats per minute and is written in the key of G minor.
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The singer and songwriter Skylar Grey wrote and recorded a demo of the song alongside the producer Alex da Kid when she felt she was in an abusive romantic relationship with the music industry. Eminem wrote the verses and chose Rihanna to sing the chorus, resulting in a collaboration influenced by their past experiences in difficult relationships. Recording sessions were held in Ferndale, Michigan , and Dublin, Ireland.