Rihanna fans have celebrated the star’s first new song in six years, in which she pays tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
The Barbadian singer, 34, released ‘Lift Me Up’ from the new Marvel movie. Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe follow-up film to the record of 2018 Black Panther.
Rihanna dropped the track at midnight on Friday, just hours after attending the Wakanda forever Premiered with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky, also 34.
“Lift Me Up” is a soaring ballad that showcases Rihanna’s mature vocal style and is her first new music since her 2016 album. Anti.
Rihanna said the song was “a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman,” who appeared as T’Challa and became the Black Panther in the original film and a slew of other Marvel titles.
Boseman died in September 2020 at the age of 43 after a secret battle with colon cancer.
Rihanna also teased a music video for the track, which shows her staring at the camera while standing on a beach interspersed with scenes from Wakanda forever.
The scenes showed T’Challa’s grieving sister Shuri and Wakanda dancers performing at a ceremony believed to be for his funeral. This may be the point in the film where “Lift Me Up” plays, but according to some reports it will come over the credits.
The song was written by the film’s director, Ryan Coogler, along with Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems and producer Ludwig Göransson.
Coogler said he chose Rihanna to record a song for the soundtrack because he was “looking for artists who would embody him [the film] thematically” and “Rihanna was at the top of that list.”
“We took a different musical approach with the film…we wanted to incorporate real songs into the score throughout the film,” he said Hollywood reporter.
Rihanna’s fans responded positively to the new song, celebrating the businesswoman’s return to music.
“Rihanna’s voice has matured and gotten so rich?!!!!! Okay mom, NOW I need a new solo Rihanna with no soundtrack to go with it. BAD GAL RIRI,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another tweeted, “I didn’t realize how much I missed hearing Rihanna’s voice and new music from her until it all hit me as I pressed play to pull myself up.”
Rihanna attended the world premiere of Wakanda forever in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she publicly showed her affection for A$AP Rocky.
In May, the couple welcomed their first child, a son whose name has not yet been released publicly, and they have been together for around two years.
It’s been a big month for Rihanna, who also announced that she will be hosting the halftime Super Bowl show in 2023.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on Friday, November 11, 2022.
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