Eminem, Co-Writer, 'Love the Way You Lie'
TRACK SALES: 5.3 million
ALBUM SALES: 4.2 million
TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $864,500
Eminem finished "Love the Way You Lie" with his own rapping, of course, but the story behind the hook has a certain star-making drama. Holly Brook, a struggling singer-songwriter on various record labels for years, met British hip-hop producer Alex da Kid. He had produced B.o.B.'s "Airplanes," she heard it via her music publisher, she contacted Alex, he sent her a beat and she added a new hook. That hook turned into the backbone of "Love the Way You Lie." Eminem liked the hook, Rihanna sang it, Brook changed her name to Skyler Grey and the rest is mailbox-money history.