“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is already creating huge buzz as an amazing movie, but it turns out the film was important enough to draw out Rihanna to contribute to the movie’s soundtrack.
The New Song
Last night at midnight, Rihanna released “Lift Me Up,” her first new song in six years.
The song, a tribute to the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman, was written by Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, Rihanna, top film composer Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogle.
“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.”
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 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Original Score,” composed and produced by Ludwig Göransson, will be available on the following week on November 11 from Hollywood Records.
Where to Listen
The ethereal ballad is available to listen on many streamers including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Visit rihanna.lnk.to/liftmeup for links to listen, or click on the embedded Spotify player below.
Watch the Videos
There are two videos that have been released for the song. The first is the official video featuring Rihanna on a beach as the sun rises interspersed with clips from the movie:
A visualizer video for the track has also been released by Rihanna:
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,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 11, 2022.
What do you think of Rihanna’s new song? Let us know in the comments.
Rihanna’s old music is full of energy, and this one seems slightly toned down, but it has a very different feel from everything else she has released. It’s easy to tell that it was released for an album.