How 'Bout a Round of Applause for Rihanna's Return to Music

Rihanna made her long-awaited return to music Oct. 28 with “Lift Me Up,” the lead single from the upcoming Marvel film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Get more details below.

By Tamantha Gunn Oct 28, 2022 10:20 AMTags
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Pour it up because Rihanna is back!

The Fenty Beauty founder has made her long-awaited return to music after several years with the Oct. 28 release of "Lift Me Up," the lead single for the soundtrack of Marvel's highly anticipated movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

According to a press release, the single was written by Rihanna alongside TemsLudwig Göransson and the film's director, Ryan Coogler. It also serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman, who played King T'Challa in several MCU movies, including 2018's Black Panther. Sadly, the actor died in August 2020 at age 43 after privately battling colon cancer.

"Lift me up / Hold me down," Rihanna sings on the opening of the moving ballad. "Keep me close / Safe and sound."

"Drowning in an endless sea / Take some time and stay with me," the lyrics continue. "Keep me in the strength of your arms / Keep me safe / Safe and sound."

Along with the release of the song, Rihanna also dropped a beautiful music video, showing her watching over a pair of kids.

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"Lift Me Up" marks the first single in six years that Rihanna, 34, has recorded as a lead artist. At that time, the beauty mogul released her album Anti, which featured the hit singles "Work," "Kiss It Better" and "Love On the Brain."

Since then, Rihanna has been focused on building her billion-dollar empire, which consists of her Fenty Beauty makeup and skincare line as well as her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.  

She also added the title of "mom" to her resume earlier this year, welcoming a baby boy with boyfriend ASAP Rocky back in May. 

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With a new single, Rihanna has also been tapped to perform for the halftime show at the 2023 Super Bowl next February. On Sept. 25, the nine-time Grammy winner celebrated the news on social media, sharing an image of her tattooed hand holding a football.

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack will be released Nov. 4 and the film will hit theaters the following week on Nov. 11.