Almost seven years after her last album, "Anti," and more than five since she was a regular on the pop charts, Rihanna has finally unveiled a new song. The song "Lift Me Up" is announced as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who played the lead role in the first part of the film "Black Panther" before he died of cancer in 2020.
It was written by Tems (one of the biggest pop stars to emerge in Africa in recent years), Ludwig Göransson (producer and composer who won an Oscar for his first Black Panther score), Ryan Coogler (who directed both "Black Panther" films ) and Rihanna herself.
In a statement, Tems said:
“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”. She added, “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor”.
The first part of the movie "Black Panther" in 2018 was also quite significant for its soundtrack, a compilation with many stars. The sequel, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," is also getting a big musical boost, led by "Lift Me Up," Rihanna's new single released today.
Last month, it was revealed that Rihanna would headline the Super Bowl halftime show, sparking speculation about new music and a potential 2023 tour. Artists often use the halftime performance as a kind of advertisement for upcoming concerts.
The singer released her last album "Anti" in 2016, after which she decided to take a break from recording songs and devoted herself to working on a makeup and underwear collection.