Rihanna Announces Black Panther Single ‘Lift Me Up’, First New Song in 6 Years

Rihanna has officially announced “Lift Me Up”, her first new lead artist single since 2016. It will appear on the soundtrack of the new Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Rihanna co-wrote ‘Lift Me Up’ with Tems, producer Ludwig Göransson and director Ryan Coogler. According to a press release, the artists wrote the single “as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman”, the star of the first Black Panther film who died in 2020 at the age of 43.

In a press statement, Tems said: “After talking to Ryan and hearing his directing for the film and song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace of all the people I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine imagine how it would feel if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them.” She continued: “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so it’s a great honor to hear her deliver this song.”

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack will be released on November 4. Next week, on November 11, Ludwig Göransson’s original score for the film will be released by Hollywood Records.

“Lift Me Up” Is Rihanna’s First New Solo Song Since 2016 Star Trek Beyond number “Sledgehammer.” More recently, she has worked on music with Future (“Selfish”), NERD (“Lemon”), DJ Khaled (“Wild Thoughts”), Kendrick Lamar (“Loyalty.”), and PartyNextDoor (“Believe It”). She also starred in the music video for “DMB” with A$AP Rocky, the father of her child.

Rihanna’s most recent studio album is from 2016 Anti. Read Pitchfork’s feature “How Rihanna Became the Most Stylish Pop Star of Her Generation.”

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