Rihanna Makes Musical Return With ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Original Song
Fenty Mogul Rihanna would make her long awaited return to music with “Lift Me Up,” the lead single on Marvel’s blockbuster sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
”Lift Me Up” is a tribute to the life and legacy of late Chadwick Boseman, lead actor in the prequel film “Black Panther.”
Written by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and directed by Ryan Coogler, “Lift Me Up” is scheduled to be released on Friday, Oct. 28 in advance of the movie, which premieres in theaters on Nov. 11.
Rihanna teased the single, sharing a brief play of the song’s melodic hum to her social media account.
Speaking on the single, Tems said “After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them.”
“Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
Rihanna’s label Westbury Road would release “Lift Me Up” in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings and Hollywood Records.
This single follows just as the singer announced that she would be headlining the the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February of 2023.
This comeback to music comes more than half a decade singer her last full-length release, “Anti,” dropped in 2016.