"Walk on Water" is a song by American rapper Eminem, released on November 10, 2017. It was released as the single from Eminem's ninth solo studio album Revival (2017). The song, produced by Rick Rubin and Skylar Grey, features vocals from American singer Beyoncé. It has reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as the top 20 in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States.
The song started as a hook written by Skylar Grey. Eminem came across the hook when he was working with Rick Rubin and became enamored of the lyrics. Previously Rubin and Eminem had been discussing the phenomenon of mumble rap, specifically Eminem's frustration with its mainstream popularity, and the hook served as a vehicle for him to vent them. Rubin subsequently played the song for Jay-Z, who was then able to get his wife, Beyoncé, to sing the chorus. Upon the release of the single, Skylar Grey tweeted "This is the song I've been trying to write since age 6. Every time I wrote a song I hoped it would be this good. I am truly proud of everything I've created, but this is the one."
"Walk on Water" received generally positive reviews from critics. Jayson Greene of Pitchfork described the song as a "joyless trudge of a power ballad that pairs a softly crooned hook with fuming, escalating verses of rage-spittle." Initial reaction to the song on Twitter and fans alike was mixed, with fans disappointed in Eminem's choice of a guest singer for the song and the lack of a beat in the song's instrumental.
Release and promotion
On November 8, 2017, Eminem tweeted a picture of a doctor's prescription note with the words "'Walk on Water', take as needed" written on it. This has caused speculation that the first single will be titled "Walk on Water". The fake doctor's note was labeled with the logo for Revival. On November 9, Paul Rosenberg shared a video on Instagram which showcased Trevor the spokesperson for the Revival campaign stating that "you will be able to Walk on Water with Revival at noon EST", confirming the song. An audio and a lyric video was uploaded to Eminem's YouTube channel. As of December 25, 2017, the video has over 50 million views and 1 million likes.
On December 23, 2017, the music video for the song was released exclusively on Apple Music and Eminem's official Vevo channel.
The song was first performed by Eminem at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 12 with co-producer and writer Skylar Grey on vocals. Both also performed the song on Saturday Night Live on November 18.
In the United States, "Walk on Water" debuted and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 57th entry for both artists on the chart. As a result, they tied with Madonna and The Rolling Stones for the 19th highest amount of overall songs to enter the chart. It also arrived at number 2 on the Digital Songs chart with 64,000 downloads and the Streaming Songs chart at number 15 with 18.3 million streams.
The song opened the UK Singles Chart at number seven, becoming Eminem's 28th entry to reach the nation's top 10 and Beyoncé's 19th to do so as a credited solo performer. Upon entering at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart, it became the rapper's thirteenth song as a lead artist to reach the top 10 in Australia and first since "The Monster" in 2013. Elsewhere, the song debuted at number eight on the Irish Singles Chart, number nine in Sweden, and number four in Scotland. File Hashes