To Celebrate the Release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Rihanna has Released an Original Song

Now that “Lift Me Up,” the lead track from Marvel’s blockbuster sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” has been released, Rihanna has finally made her long-awaited comeback to the music industry.

Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and filmmaker Ryan Coogler collaborated on the song as an homage to the late actor Chadwick Boseman. Seeing as the movie doesn’t in theatres until November 11, it’s being released on Friday, October 28. Little is known about the style and sound of “Lift Me Up,” other than a brief social media tease in which Rihanna hinted at the song’s melodic hum.

“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 honor.”

Rihanna has collaborated with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings, and Hollywood Records to release “Lift Me Up” on her Westbury Road label. Information on the rest of the soundtrack for the film, which will be released on November 4, is currently sketchy at best.

A press release claims that the song “ushers in the next era of Rihanna’s iconic career,” making Marvel’s collaboration with Rihanna an even bigger coup than getting Kendrick Lamar and SZA to pen “All The Stars” for the first “Black Panther.”

The infectious tune, which was featured over the film’s closing credits, was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Grammy. (When “Lift Me Up” will show up in the sequel is a mystery.) Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, Jorja Smith, Travis Scott, the Weeknd and Khalid contributed to the original “Black Panther” soundtrack, which also featured Göransson’s original score.

The original “Black Panther” star, Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa, passed away in 2020 at the age of 43 from colon cancer. The next movie will focus on the ruling class of Wakanda as they deal with the loss of their monarch and attempt to keep the country safe from foreign interference. Other cast members include Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke.

It’s anticipated that “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will do as well at the box office as the first film. In its first three days of release, the film is projected to earn at least $175 million, making it one of the highest-grossing opening weekends of all time. In 2018, the first “Black Panther” film opened to $202 million and went on to earn $700.4 million in the United States and $1.3 billion worldwide. The sequel is expected to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Aside from its financial success, “Black Panther” also made history by being nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, a first for any superhero film. It was beaten to the top prize by “Green Book,” although it did win Oscars for costume design, music and production design.

This announcement is further evidence of Rihanna’s triumphant return to the music scene, which will reach its climax in February 2023 when she performs as the halftime show performer at Super Bowl LVII. More than five years have passed since Rihanna’s previous studio album, 2016’s “Anti.” Savage x Fenty, a lingerie line, and Fenty Beauty, a cosmetics company, have both contributed to the new mom’s fortune.

Given her lengthy break from composing, her arrival at halftime caught many by surprise. In the years afterward, however, she has made cryptic remarks regarding two albums (and been pictured entering and exiting recording studios), one of which has been described as “dancehall-adjacent.” Despite this, information about a full-length Rihanna solo album is still scarce.

Anitta, Burna Boy, Don Toliver and Maxwell are set to perform at Rihanna’s upcoming fourth annual Savage X Fenty fashion show. In addition to Angela Aguilar, Avani Gregg, Bella Poarch, Cara Delevingne, and more, the event will premiere exclusively on Prime Video.

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