On Thursday night, Rihanna released her first single in six years, “Lift Me,” the first track from Marvel’s superhero movie film franchise “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
The song was written by Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, Rihanna, top film composer Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler as a tribute to Chadwick Boseman’s life and legacy. It’s one of two songs from the movie, which hits theaters on November 11.
Few other details have been revealed about the song or the soundtrack album, which Rihanna is said to be curated in the same way that Kendrick Lamar oversaw the first film’s album.
“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. 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 statement.
“Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honour,” she added. Rihanna has made just a handful of featured appearances in the years since her last album, 2016’s “Anti” — most notably features on N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon,” which she briefly performed with Pharrell at her Diamond Ball in New York in 2019, Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty” and Future’s “Selfish” — yet in February she will be the halftime performer on the world’s largest stage for a musician, the Super Bowl.
For years, there has been speculation that she is working on two albums, one of which will be dancehall-oriented, but she has provided few details and no music has materialized or leaked. Her booming cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and lingerie line Savage x Fenty have made her a billionaire, but her career has expanded far beyond music.
The event will be available exclusively on Prime Video, and other notable names such as ngela Aguilar, Avani Gregg, Bella Poarch, Cara Delevingne, and others are expected to appear. Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the first “Black Panther,” died of colon cancer at the age of 43 in 2020.
follow-up film centers on Wakanda’s leaders as they contend with the death of their ruler and fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers. Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke co-star in the film.