For the first time since 2016, Rihanna will release new solo music on Friday, October 28. The song “Lift Me Up” was made for the Black Panther sequel. According to the film’s director, Ryan Coogler, the 34-year-old musician was motivated to work with the team out of respect for the late Chadwich Boseman.
“Honestly, I think it was Chad,” Coogler told the PA News Agency on the red carpet of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever first. “A lot of unlikely things had to happen for this to happen and Rihanna was very clear that she did it for him.”
In typical Rihanna style, she announced the release by sharing what appears to be a snippet of the new song alongside a short music video of her name in the Wakandan alphabet. The video includes an image of a large silver “R” flanked by phrases in the Wakandan alphabet, with a translation of “Rihanna” and “Lift Me Up” appearing below. The clip was shared with a brief caption: “Lift me up. 10.28.22″.
“It’s kind of unbelievable because Rihanna isn’t making music for a senior or a project, so it’s huge,” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever said actor Michaela Coel at the film’s premiere.
The song marks the singer’s return to music after giving birth to her first child with boyfriend ASAP Rocky. Last month, Rihanna also revealed in an equally cryptic social media post that she would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has already premiered in Hollywood but will be available in theaters worldwide from November 11. This will mark a new era for the Black Pantherwith Marvel Studios deciding do not recast the role after the death of Chadwick Boseman.
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