Rihanna is returning to music with the first song with the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and the track’s co-writers include Ryan Coogler and Tems.
Six years after the release of her eighth studio album Anti, the pop star is making her highly-anticipated return to the music industry this Friday. “Lift Me Up,” which is the lead single from Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever original soundtrack, will be released.
'Lift Me Up' is a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
“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 song was written as a tribute to the life and legacy of actor Boseman by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Black Panther writer/ director Ryan Coogler.
The track was recorded in five countries and was produced by Göransson.
“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. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
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. Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan serve as the soundtrack album’s producers .
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Original Score, composed and produced by Göransson, will be available on November 11 from Hollywood Records.
Here's the film's description
In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 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.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.