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Rihanna Returns With New Music on ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Soundtrack

Rihanna is officially back, well almost.

The singer is scheduled to return to our ears on Friday with the new single “Lift Me Up” from the upcoming Marvel sequel. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The song, written by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Panther Director Ryan Coogler, it was shot in five countries and produced by Göransson, according to a statement announcing the star’s first solo single since 2016’s “Love on the Brain.”

Rihanna’s anticipated return to music was written as a tribute to the late Black Panther Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 at age 43. The song will be released on the singer’s Westbury Road label in association with Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings/Hollywood Records. A short preview of the song appeared on Rihanna’s Instagram on Wednesday, with her wordless hum floating over a string section.

“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and song, I wanted to write something that represents a warm hug from all the people I have lost in my life. I tried to imagine how I would feel 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 to hear her stream this song is such an honor.”

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The rumored slot in the Wakanda The soundtrack has been playing for weeks, with billboards hinting at Rihanna’s involvement in the project through cryptic promotions on electronic billboards in New York, and this week, a teaser post for the film in which the title was restart to highlight the “R” in “Forever”. ” above the Friday date.

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The “Umbrella” singer hasn’t released an album since Anti dropped six years ago and clocked in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for two weeks. Though she’s teased her next album several times since then, no new solo music has emerged since 2016, as the new mom has mostly focused on on her Fenty Beauty brand. Her long break from live performance is scheduled to end on February 12, 2023 when she takes the stage for Super 2023. Bowling halftime show.

The sequel to the global hit of 2018 Black Panther stars Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Danai Gurira as Okoye, who fight to protect their nation from meddlesome powers following the death of King T’Challa (Boseman). The film, also starring Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong’o and Tenoch Huerta Mejia, opens in theaters on November 11.

the wakanda forever The soundtrack, produced by Coogler, Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan, is due out on November 4, and Göransson’s sheet music album is due out on November 11.

Check out the “Life Me Up” tease below.

This story originally appeared on Billboard.

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