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"Hate That I Love You"
Single by Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo
from the album Good Girl Gone Bad
B-side "Como Odio Amarte"
Released August 21, 2007
(see release history)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:39
Label Def Jam
Writer(s) S. Smith, M. S. Eriksen, T. E. Hermansen
Producer Stargate
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Rihanna singles chronology
"Shut Up and Drive"
"Hate That I Love You"
"Don't Stop the Music"
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"Can We Chill"
"Hate That I Love You"
"Go On Girl"
Good Girl Gone Bad track listing
"Shut Up and Drive"
"Hate That I Love You"
"Say It"
Alternate covers
"Como Odio Amarte" (Spanish Version)
featuring David Bisbal

"Hate That I Love You" is a song by R&B singer Rihanna, released as a third single from her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. It features R&B-pop singer Ne-Yo, who had worked with Rihanna previously, contributing to her 2006 hit "Unfaithful". The song was produced by Stargate, who also produced Rihanna's 2006 song "Unfaithful" and "Sexy Love" by Ne-Yo. It is noted, along with another Stargate production on the album, for having a similar structure and melody to their other works.

The song was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards.


Writing and music structure

"Hate That I Love You" is a duet by Rihanna and American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, who also wrote the album's title track. In an interview, Rihanna said "That song [Hate That I Love You], when it first starts off, you think it's a sexy song, but you have to listen to the lyrics. It's a really deep song."[1]

"Hate That I Love You" is a moderate groove song set in the key of A♭. It is set in common time.[2] The song highlights a strummed guitar which is mostly set in a suspended chord,[2] and features a sing-along chorus.[3]


MSN remarked "Hate That I Love You" for being "nowhere near as poppy" compared to the song's predecessor Umbrella, "but is a classy R&B song with a strong melody," with "[good] vocal performances from the pair and lyrics which tell a familiar tale in a refreshingly uncliched manner."[4] Stylus Magazine was unimpressed with the song quoting the song's structure as a mix of Ne-Yo and Stargate's previous works saying, "Here you’ve got the 'Sexy Love' drums, the 'Irreplaceable' strum, and a bit of the synth and chorus melody from 'So Sick'... is hardly the new twist all these old bits need to sound fresh," rating the song two stars out of ten.[5] Digital Spy called the song a "folky, midtempo R&B mushfest."[6]

Chart performance

"Hate That I Love You" debuted at number twenty-four on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles on August 30, 2007,[7] subsequently debuting at number eighty-five on the Billboard Pop 100 and at number six on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, all on the same day.[8][9] The song debuted at number ninety-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and has so far peaked at number seven after spending five weeks locked at number nine, becoming her sixth top ten single in the United States and her first since "Umbrella". It rose to number twelve on the Billboard Pop 100 in the same week. Downloads to date on Billboard's Digital Download charts stand at 1.04 million. It also became a Top 20 hit in Canada, it peaked at number 17 on the Canadian Hot 100.[10][11]

In the UK, the single peaked at number fifteen upon its physical release. In Australia, "Hate that I Love You" debuted at number forty-eight on the Australian ARIA singles chart, and descended to number forty-nine the following week. However in its third week, the song ascended to number eighteen, jumping thirty-one spots to become one of the biggest jumps in ARIA charts history. It eventually peaked at number 14 on the Australian charts. In Spain, the Spanish version featuring David Bisbal debuted at number five in the digital track chart, and it peaked at number three for three consecutive weeks.

Music video

Rihanna in the music video for "Hate That I Love You".

Rihanna, with director Anthony Mandler shot the music video for "Hate That I Love You" in Los Angeles on August 13, 2007. The video was premiered on her official website on September 24, 2007. The video also debuted on TRL on October 1, 2007 for a First Look and debuted at number nine the next day for the first time. The video features Rihanna and Ne-Yo singing in two different locations as if they are missing each other but at the end its shown that both of them were only star-crossed but were singing for their own lovers, not about each other.

It only had been on TRL for twelve days and has been number one twice. The video peaked at number two on its ninth day on BET's 106 & Park, and was her most successful video on 106 & Park, until "Take a Bow" became her first song to reach the number one position.

The video for "Hate That I Love You" featuring David Bisbal is the same as the original video, but with David's scenes edited in the original video and Ne-Yo's parts removed.

As of September 18, 2009 the video has been seen in Youtube more than 50 million times.

Different versions

A new version of the song, titled "Cómo Odio Amarte", leaked online on December 2, 2007. Spanish singer David Bisbal sings Ne-Yo's part in Spanish, however, Rihanna's parts are still in English, so David's vocals are just edited in the original version of the song, and Ne-Yo's vocals are removed. This version is included in a bonus disc on Bisbal's Premonición DVD as well as on the re-release of Good Girl Gone Bad.

Rihanna and David Bisbal sang “Hate That I Love You” on July 8, 2008 at Operación Triunfo (a reality-show talent contest) in Spain.[12]

Two more versions of the song have been released on the Asian edition of Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. Hong Kong singer Hins Cheung (Cheung King Hin), sings Ne-Yo's part in Cantonese & Mandarin, with Rihanna's part remaining the same English lyrics in both versions.

Like that of David Bisbal, Filipino singer Josh Santana's version is a mix of Spanish and English in respect to his Spanish ancestry and his fluency in Spanish, but compisition is not like that of David Bisbal.

Song was re-recorded in solo version with Rihanna's vocal only.

Track listing

US Promo CD single (DEFR16755-2)[13]
  1. "Hate That I Love You" (Radio)
  2. "Hate That I Love You" (Instrumental)
German Maxi CD single (602517537866)[14]
  1. "Hate That I Love You"
  2. "Hate That I Love You" (K-Klassic Remix)
  3. "Hate That I Love You" (Instrumental)
  4. "Hate That I Love You" (Video)
EU CD single (602517513693)[15]
  1. "Hate That I Love You"
  2. "Hate That I Love You" (K-Klassic Remix)


Chart (2007/2008) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[16] 14
Austrian Singles Chart[16] 14
Belgian Singles Chart[16] 23
Canadian Hot 100[16] 17
Danish Singles Chart[16] 30
Dutch Singles Chart[17] 7
French Singles Chart[16] 16
German Singles Chart[16] 11
Irish Singles Chart[16] 13
Italian Singles Chart[18] 61
New Zealand Singles Charts[16] 6
Romanian Singles Chart[19] 11
Spanish Singles Chart[16] 37
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 10
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 13
UK Singles Chart[16] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 20
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 7


Country Certification Sales
Spain 3x Platinum 120,000+[20]

Release history

Country Date
United States August 21, 2007
United Kingdom November 12, 2007
Germany November 16, 2007
France January 7, 2008[21]
Europe February 29, 2008
Italy April 16, 2008


  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem ((May 2, 2007)). "Rihanna Loses Good Girl Image, Thanks To Jay-Z, Justin, Timbaland, Ne-Yo". Mtv.com (MTV Networks and TM MTV Networks). http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1558496/20070501/rihanna.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-12-27.  
  2. ^ a b "Rihanna Digital Sheet Music: Hate That I Love You". Musicnotes. Hal Leonard Corporation. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/scorch.asp?ppn=SC0042010. Retrieved 2007-12-27.  
  3. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You". About.com. About, Inc.. http://top40.about.com/od/singles/gr/hatethatlove.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-29.  
  4. ^ "Rihanna: "Hate That I Love You"". MSN UK. Microsoft. November 12, 2007. http://news.entertainment.msn.co.uk/20071207_charts_1003850.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-28.  
  5. ^ Shipley, Al (August 29, 2007). "Rihanna ft. Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You". Stylusmagazine.com. http://www.stylusmagazine.com/jukebox/?p=829. Retrieved 2007-12-29.  
  6. ^ Digital Spy Music Review: 'Hate That I Love You'
  7. ^ "Hate That I Love You" Debut Position on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
  8. ^ "Hate That I Love You" Debut Position on the Billboard Pop 100. Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
  9. ^ "Hate That I Love You" Debut Position on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  10. ^ "Hate That I Love You" Debut Position on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  11. ^ "Hate That I Love You" Current Peak Position on the Billboard Pop 100. Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  12. ^ Sitio web de Operación Triunfo
  13. ^ http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=436949
  14. ^ http://www.discogs.com/release/1260317
  15. ^ http://www.discogs.com/release/1330972
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n ""Hate That I Love You" at αCharts.us". αCharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/27807. Retrieved 2008-03-03.  
  17. ^ dutchcharts.nl - Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You
  18. ^ "Official Italian Singles Chart". FIMI.it. http://www.fimi.it. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  
  19. ^ "Romanian Top 100" Please see "Issue 21" of the year 2008
  20. ^ http://www.promusicae.es/listasanuales/canciones/Top%2050%20CANCIONES%20%20ANUAL%202008.pdf
  21. ^ Rihanna


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