Rihanna has officially returned, well, almost. The singer is set to return to our ears on Friday (October 28) with the new single “Lift Me Up,” which will be featured in the upcoming Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. According to a press release announcing the star’s first solo single since 2016, the song was written by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, and Panther director Ryan Coogler and recorded in five countries and produced by Göransson.
RiRi’s long-awaited musical return was written as a tribute to late Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 at the age of 43. The song will be released on Westbury Road, the singer’s label, in collaboration with Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings/Hollywood Records. RiRi posted a brief preview of the song on Instagram on Wednesday (Oct. 26), with her wordless humming floating above a string section.
Rihanna also has a second song in the film, Born Again, which will play during the credits.
She has been focusing on her Fenty Beauty line and Savage x Fenty lingerie line since her last album. In May, she and her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, welcomed a son.
Rihanna’s fans anticipated new music to drop when it was announced in September that RiRi would be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Rihanna’s fans were already content with hearing Rihanna sing live again, even if it was her old music, but now that she announced new music, it’s even better!
After six long years, her Navy fanbase has only one more day to wait for new music.
The excitement of fans was palpable in the thousands of tweets that followed Rihanna’s announcement on Wednesday.