The singer returns to the music industry with the lead single from the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
She shared a 14-second sample of the song, along with the lyrics to Lift Me Up, and the date “10.28.22,” on Twitter.
The lead track from the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be Lift Me Up.
The Barbadian singer’s unmistakable hum can be heard in the clip while rising music plays and an “R” shines into view, flanked by her name and the song’s title written in Wakandan, the language used in the comic book realm.
Two weeks before the movie’s 11 November theatrical premiere, the song is scheduled to be released on Friday.
With the release of Lift Me Up, Rihanna has officially begun her major comeback to the music industry, which will culminate in her headlining the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February.
The song was co-written by Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, Rihanna, Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson, and director Ryan Coogler. Tems described hearing Rihanna sing the song as a “wonderful honor.”
Says Tems “I wanted to compose something that depicted a warm embrace from all the people I’ve lost in my life after chatting with Ryan and hearing his vision for the song and the movie. I made an effort to picture how it would feel to sing to them right now and let them know how much I miss them.”
According to reports, the song is an homage to Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T’Challa in the original Black Panther movie.
Boseman, who received plaudits for his work in the first film, passed away from colon cancer at the age of 43 in 2020.
The leaders of the imaginary country are the main subject of Wakanda Forever as they deal with the passing of their ruler and struggle to keep Wakanda safe from other superpowers.
Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Martin Freeman are the movie’s leading ladies.