I Hate U, I Love U

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"I Hate U, I Love U"
I hate u, i love u.jpg
Single by Gnash featuring Olivia O'Brien
from the album Us
Released February 17, 2016 (2016-02-17)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre Pop
Length 3:46
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Garrett Nash
  • Olivia O'Brien
Producer(s) Gnash
Gnash singles chronology
"Come Back"
(2016)
"I Hate U, I Love U"
(2016)
"Something"
(2016)

"Come Back"
(2016)
"I Hate U, I Love U"
(2016)
"Something"
(2016)
Olivia O'Brien singles chronology
"I Hate U, I Love U"
(2016) I Hate U, I Love U2016
"Trust Issues"
(2016) Trust Issues2016
Music video
"i hate u, i love u" on YouTube

"I Hate U, I Love U" (stylized as "i hate u, i love u") is a song by American singer and rapper Gnash featuring American singer Olivia O'Brien. It was released on February 17, 2016, as the first single from Gnash's third extended play, Us (2016).[1] The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in Australia, a first for both Gnash and O'Brien, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Norway and the United Kingdom.[2]

On December 9, 2016, O'Brien released her solo version of the song titled "Hate U Love U".[3]

Background and release[edit]

Gnash enlisted San Francisco singer-songwriter Olivia O'Brien with the help of Angel Benitez and JB, who originally wrote the song, to provide the vocals for the track. O'Brien had already worked with Gnash, having covered his song "Disposable". Gnash originally released the song on July 26, 2015, on his SoundCloud page.[4] It was released commercially on iTunes on February 17, 2016, becoming the lead single of Gnash's extended play, Us (2016).

Lyrical interpretation[edit]

The song expresses the aftermath of a sad breakup when both ex-lovers are still missing each other. While O'Brien is still in the same emotional place as when they broke up, Gnash has partly been able to move on.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I Hate U, I Love U" premiered on March 7, 2016.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Time was negative towards "I Hate U, I Love U" labeling it as one of the worst songs of 2016 and writing, "Forget The Chainsmokers and Halsey's chart-conquering smash 'Closer'—the most depressingly zeitgeist-defining song of 2016 is gnash's piano ballad 'i hate u, i love u,' with singer-songwriter Olivia O'Brien, which inexplicably rose to the Top 10 of the Hot 100 this year. The singsongy melody is obnoxious as an ice cream truck jingle, while the lifeless production drains it of any energy."[6]

In 2017, the song was nominated for a Radio Disney Music Award for Best Breakup Song.[7]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[54] 2× Platinum 160,000^
France (SNEP)[55] Diamond 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[56] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[57] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] Platinum 15,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[59] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[61] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Controversy[edit]

On October 21, 2017, songwriter Angel Benitez requested Gnash for a songwriter credit on the song for the use of his quote "I'm always tired, but never of you". The following day, Gnash did not comply with Benitez's request and blocked him on Twitter, resulting in Benitez threatening to sue Gnash for songwriting credit.

Olivia O'Brien version[edit]

"Hate U Love U"
Olivia O'Brien - Hate U Love U.png
Single by Olivia O'Brien
Released December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Pop
Length 2:55
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Olivia O'Brien
Producer(s) Gnash
Olivia O'Brien singles chronology
"Find What You're Looking For"
(2016)
"Hate U Love U"
(2016)
"Empty"
(2017)

"Find What You're Looking For"
(2016)
"Hate U Love U"
(2016)
"Empty"
(2017)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Canadian Digital Songs (Billboard)[62] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[63] 99

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