Rihanna officially returns to her music-making days on Friday, and her fans are ecstatic about it!
After a long break from music, the singer and beauty mogul is making a big comeback with a new single titled “Lift Me Up.” This is the lead single for the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack.
Pitchfork has revealed that Nigerian singer and songwriter Tems co-wrote the track with Rihanna.
Speaking about the song, Tems said:
"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. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honour."
Director Ryan Coogler, and Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson also contributed to the song's writing.
Tems had earlier featured on one of the movie’s soundtracks, with her rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.”
Rihanna has not released any project since she dropped her album, 'Anti', in 2016. Her most recent work is a short chorus on PARTYNEXTDOOR’s 'Believe it', released in 2020.
Set to hit theatres by November 11, 2022, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 Black Panther film.
The first film in the Black Panther series featured an iconic soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar. K. Dot’s Oscar-nominated collaboration “All the Stars” with SZA was among the highlights.
Riri's track will mark the pop icon’s first solo release in six years, following her 2016 album Anti.