Rihanna releases “Lift Me Up,” her first new song in six years, ahead of the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
better than ever and back! Rihanna’s musical comeback is arrived, six years after Anti, the album from which she last released songs.
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Lift Me Up, the latest single from the owner of Fenty Beauty was released on Friday, October 28. The song, which was influenced by the lives and legacy of late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, will appear in the film’s planned sequel, Wakanda Forever.
The ballad’s string-heavy composition Lift me up/Hold me down/Keep me close/Safe and sound is the chorus that Rihanna, 34, sings. The singer of “Monster” continues by singing about finding solace in the arms of a loved one after drowning in an unending sea.
Alongside Boseman in mind, the native of Barbados co-wrote “Lift Me Up” with Tems producer Ludwig Göransson and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. The adored actor, who played the superhero in four Marvel films, passed away in 2020 after a colon cancer diagnosis. He was 43.
In a press statement about the song, 38-year-old Göransoon said, “After chatting with Ryan [Coogler] and hearing his vision for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that depicts a loving embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life.” “I made an effort to picture how it would feel if I could sing to them right now and let them know how much I miss them. Hearing Rihanna performs this song is a huge pleasure for me because she has been an influence.
On October 25, when Marvel Studios tweeted, “#WakandaForever,” the drop was initially hinted at. A teaser video with the phrase Wakanda Forever with the “R” protruding was also included in the enigmatic tweet.
On October 26, the “SOS” singer herself announced the news via Twitter. Rihanna posted the lyrics “Lift me up 10.28.22” along with a 14-second sample of her brand-new single.
The “Umbrella” singer later that day made her first red carpet appearance since giving birth to her son in May at the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever alongside partner ASAP Rocky.
The Grammy winner just revealed that she will perform as the halftime show’s headlining act at Super Bowl LVII in February, so the news of her comeback to music is timely. In an Instagram image from September 25 that showed her carrying a football, the singer announced that she will be performing.
At the premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Rihanna sparkles in sequins.
The pop icon has been busy since taking a sabbatical from music with the launches of her fashion line, Savage X Fenty, in May 2018, and her beauty line, Fenty Beauty, in September 2017.
On November 9, Rihanna’s fourth annual Savage X Fenty concert, featuring performances by Anitta, Burna Boy, Don Toliver, and Maxwell, will debut on Prime Video.