It’s been years, but the wait is almost over. Tomorrow, Rihanna is dropping “Lift Me Up,” the lead single for the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.
“Lift Me Up” will be Rihanna’s first solo release in six years, since her last album Anti, all the way back in 2016. While the last several years of her career have been largely devoted to her non-musical prospects, such as her Fenty Beauty cosmetics brand, her return to music has been highly anticipated by Rihanna’s fans (a.k.a. “Navy”) and the general public alike. Her tweet announcing the new single has accumulated more than 800,000 likes and nearly 200,000 retweets in only a day.
“Lift Me Up” is written by Rihanna, Ludwig Göransson, Ryan Coogler, and Nigerian artist Tems. It is reported to be a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played the protagonist King T’Challa in the original Black Panther film and passed away in 2020 from colon cancer.
While it is uncertain if “Lift Me Up” will be part of a new album, it likely serves to set the stage for additional music coming in the near future. Just last month, it was announced that the singer would be headlining the upcoming Super Bowl LVII halftime show on February 12. If the singer is going to (finally) release the long-awaited follow-up to Anti – especially considering she’s been recently spotted at the recording studio, and there have been rumors of her going on tour next year – then there would be no better time to do it than in the next several months. We can only hope “Lift Me Up” is just the beginning.