Rihanna is making her long-awaited return to music with “Lift Me Up,” the lead single on Marvel’s blockbuster sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Now, she’s back in our ears with the release of “Lift Me Up” – her first new music since her 2016 album “Anti.”
The song is the lead single of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack and was co-written by the bad gal herself in collaboration with Tems, the movie’s director Ryan Coogler and Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson in tribute to late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman.
The song comes as a soft ballad with sweet strings that make Rihanna’s voice the focal point as she sings a simple chorus, “Lift me up, Hold me down, Keep me close, Safe and sound.”
Before eager ears got the chance to hear the full more than 3-minute song, Rihanna teased the new music with a 14-second clip of her humming the opening notes.
Co-writer Tems said Rihanna’s voice “has been an inspiration” to her and she wanted to write “Lift Me Up” so that it felt like a “warm embrace” from all of the people she’s lost.
“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 news release Wednesday.
The full “Black Panther” soundtrack will release Nov. 4, a week before the movie releases Nov. 11.
Rihanna, 34, and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky had a date night without their baby as they stepped out on the red carpet for the world premiere of the film Wednesday night. The “Fashion Killa” couple sauntered down the press line in coordinating Rick Owens outfits.
The singer is expected to get on an even bigger stage in February as she’s set to headline the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show. Very few details about her performance have surfaced since she made the announcement in September.
Jay-Z, who founded he Roc Nation label that has an entertainment partnership with the NFL, praised the halftime show choice in a news release saying Rihanna is “a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn.”