A song from the upcoming Black Panther sequel’s soundtrack, which is Rihanna’s first solo single in six years, was just released.
After the singer teased her comeback to music on social media earlier in the week, Lift Me Up was released on Friday.
In November, Marvel will release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which features the song.
According to director Ryan Coogler, Rihanna joined the project in order to pay tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
In addition to his roles in Da 5 Bloods, 21 Bridges, and the James Brown documentary Get On Up, Boseman also starred in the first Black Panther movie.
In 2020, four years after receiving his colon cancer diagnosis, he passed away. Last year, Boseman received a posthumous Oscar nomination for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Since the release of her album Anti in 2016, Lift Me Up is Rihanna’s first solo single.
Since then, she has worked with musicians like PartyNextDoor and N.E.R.D. She also joined DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller on the extremely popular track Wild Thoughts.
The singer, however, has largely avoided the music scene in recent years as she concentrated on growing her fashion, lingerie, skincare, and cosmetics brand, Fenty. She also gave birth to a boy with rapper A$AP Rocky recently.
She also starred in Ocean’s 8, an all-female version of the Ocean’s 11 series, alongside Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.
For the first time in more than five years, Rihanna will perform live during the famous half-time show at the Super Bowl in Arizona in February.
Her role in Wakanda Forever will heighten fans’ excitement for the follow-up to Black Panther, which was a tremendous box office hit and received an Oscar nomination for best film.
Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o, among others, will reprise their roles in the 11 November release of the film as the kingdom of Wakanda battles to defend itself from invading troops following King T’Challa’s passing.