Rihanna Leads Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Soundtrack with New Original Song ‘Lift Me Up’

Just recently the rumor was confirmed that Rihanna – the global icon, designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the top-selling digital singles artist of all time – is making her highly-anticipated return to the airwaves this Friday, October 28, 2022, with a new single, “Lift Me Up,” which will headline the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever original soundtrack.

On October 25, 2022, Marvel Studios confirmed the rumor that Rihanna would be making her musical return with the Black Panther 2 soundtrack with a short clip shared to social media showing the movie’s title and the letter “R,” followed by the release date of “10.28.22,” which marks the day that RiRi’s new song will hit the airwaves. “Lift Me Up” was written as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, and Ryan Coogler. In the typical over-the-top Göransson style, the song was recorded in five countries and was produced by Göransson.

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In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – one of the most highly anticipated film events of the year – Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

‘Lift Me Up’ Ushers in the Next Era of Rihanna’s Career

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The release of the single “Lift Me Up” on Friday, October 28 ushers in the next era of Rihanna’s iconic career. The Barbadian artist has had sales of over 250 million records worldwide and 14 number-ones, making her one of the best-selling female artists. She has also won nine Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), 12 Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records, and the NAACP’s President’s Award in her illustrious career. However, she has been on a hiatus from recording music for several years.

“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,” said Tems, who wrote “Lift Me Up” performed by the iconic musical artist. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”

“Lift Me Up” will be released via Rihanna’s own Westbury Road label in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings, and Hollywood Records. The soundtrack, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By, will be available on November 4 from Roc Nation Records/Def Jam Recordings/Hollywood Records. The soundtrack album producers are Coogler, Göransson, Archie Davis, and Dave Jordan.