Rihanna has debuted her first song in six years, ‘Lift Me Up’ as part of the soundtrack for the upcoming Marvel movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, after announcing its title and release date earlier this week.
In honour of the late Chadwick Boseman, the song was co-written by Rihanna, Nigerian singer Tems, Swedish composer and producer Ludwig Göransson and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. The actor was the protagonist in the first Black Panther movie from 2018, as well as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
A visualizer for the song was released today and Rihanna also hinted at the release of an official video.
View the video teaser and visualiser for ‘Lift Me Up’ below.
🙅🏾♀️… pic.twitter.com/AgWyzAtc1F— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 28, 2022
Tems said that she wanted to create something that conveys a warm embrace from all the folks that she has lost in her life after speaking with Coogler about his direction for the movie and song.
She said that she tried to picture how it would feel if she could sing to them today and tell them how much she missed them. To hear Rihanna perform this song is a huge pleasure because she has been an inspiration to her.
Since the release of her album ‘Anti’ in 2016, ‘Lift Me Up’ is Rihanna’s first single as a lead singer. The Barbadian pop diva has since appeared on other songs by different musicians. She collaborated with Calvin Harris on the 2016 single ‘This Is What You Came For’ and had an appearance on Drake’s ‘Views’ track ‘Too Good’.
She appeared on Future’s ‘Selfish,’ DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller’s ‘Wild Thoughts,’ Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Loyalty’ and N.E.R.D.’s ‘Lemon’ the following year. Her most recent team-up took place in 2020 for the song ‘Believe It’ when she teamed up with PARTYNEXTDOOR.
The soundtrack for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ will be released soon. The film’s original score, which Göransson both composed and produced, will be released the same day the movie debuts in theatres in the UK, one week later.
Rihanna announced last month that she will perform as the headlining act for the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show which will be held at Glendale, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium. She will probably have her first public performance since singing ‘Wild Thoughts’ with Khaled and Tiller at the 2018 Grammy Awards.