Is the pop princess back to music for good?
Rihanna makes a comeback with her new single “Lift Me Up.” This is the lead single for the soundtrack to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
The song was written by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson. This film and the soundtrack is a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
The song is to be released today (Friday, Oct. 28) in advance of the movie, which premieres in theaters on Nov. 11. Rihanna briefly teased the “Lift Me Up’s” melodic hum on social media early on in the week.
“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,” Tems said in a statement. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
“Lift Me Up” will be released by Rihanna’s Westbury Road label in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings, and Hollywood Records. Details about the rest of the movie’s soundtrack, which will be available on Nov. 4, remain vague.
A more imminent event is Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show, which will feature Anitta, Burna Boy, Don Toliver, and Maxwell. The event will be premiering exclusively via Prime Video with other bold-faced names such as Ángela Aguilar, Avani Gregg, Bella Poarch, Cara Delevingne and more set to make appearances.
Listen to Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” below: