Love the Way You Lie with Rihanna

Eminem, the Nielsen SoundScan Artist of the Decade for 2000-2009, will premiere the video for his No. 1 single “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, on MTV and on Thursday, August 5th at 9:00 PM EDT.

Shot in Los Angeles, the video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who, in addition to his work on previous Eminem videos, has also directed clips for Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, and 50 Cent among many others.

Rihanna appears in the video, which also features Megan Fox (Transformers) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost) playing a couple going through the extremes of an abusive relationship. 

“Joseph and I worked pretty closely together to make sure we got this right,” commented Eminem. “Trying to make this tough subject work visually is a challenge.  It was great to have Rihanna, Megan and Dominic on board for this … .they really brought it and made this video super-powerful.”

“Love The Way You Lie” is Eminem’s fourth single to top the Billboard Hot 100. The track is the second single released from Eminem’s latest album Recovery (Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records), which bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart in June with sales of 741,000 copies, and held the top slot for five weeks, says Interscope Records.

Eminem has received 8 nominations for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.  Eminem and Jay-Z also will perform co-headlining dates at Detroit’s Comerica Park on September 2nd and 3rd and at New York’s Yankee Stadium on September 13th and 14th.

Eminem will also be performing at Epicenter Festival in Southern California on September 25th.

Megan Fox donated her fee for her video appearance to Sojourn House, a shelter for abused women. Sojourn provides battered women and their children a safe space to regroup, rebuild, and reestablish their self-esteem and lives.

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