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Rihanna returns with ‘Lift Me Up’ from ‘Wakanda Forever’

RiRi season is upon us.

Rihanna dropped a brand new tune, “Lift Me Up,” on Thursday night time, the pop famous person’s first single as a lead artist since 2016. A lush ballad lengthy on fluttering string devices — and with a movingly tender vocal efficiency — “Lift Me Up” is from the soundtrack to the extremely anticipated new Marvel film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and arrives months earlier than Rihanna is because of play the halftime present at Super Bowl LVII in February.

The tune was cowritten by Rihanna with the Nigerian singer Tems (she of the sinuous “Essence” and the woozy “Wait For U”), “Wakanda Forever” director Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Göransson, who additionally produced the observe. In an announcement the artists described “Lift Me Up” as “a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy” of actor Chadwick Boseman, who performed the title function in 2018’s “Black Panther” earlier than dying of colon most cancers in 2020 at age 43.

“Burning in a hopeless dream / Hold me when you go to sleep,” Rihanna sings, her voice darting in all types of sudden instructions, “Keep me in the warmth of your love when you depart / Keep me safe, safe and sound.”

“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,” Tems mentioned within the assertion. “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.”

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“Lift Me Up” comes almost seven years after the discharge of Rihanna’s most up-to-date studio album, 2016’s wily and soulful “Anti,” which spun off a Hot 100-topping single within the dancehall-inflected “Work” — certainly one of her 14 No. 1 hits — and earned Grammy nominations for city up to date album and document of the 12 months (for “Work”), amongst different awards.

Since then the 34-year-old has collaborated with the likes of N.E.R.D., Kendrick Lamar, PartyNextDoor and DJ Khaled and targeted on her massively profitable vogue and cosmetics manufacturers. In May, the singer gave beginning to her first youngster with rapper ASAP Rocky.

Though few particulars have been introduced, the “Wakanda Forever” soundtrack is due Nov. 4, per week forward of the film’s opening on Nov. 11. The first “Black Panther” movie was accompanied by an album curated by Kendrick Lamar with songs by the Compton-born rapper — together with his and SZA’s Oscar-nominated “All the Stars” — in addition to the Weeknd, Travis Scott, James Blake, Vince Staples and South Africa’s Babes Wodumo and Yugen Blakrok.



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