UPDATE: Rihanna’s first song in six years, Lift Me Up, has officially dropped. From the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, it’s a soulful lullaby that reminds us exactly how much we’ve missed RiRi’s pipes.
You can listen here.
Per a release from Marvel, the song, titled Lift Me Up, has been written by Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler, is a tribute to the “extraordinary life and legacy” of late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman who sadly passed in 2020 following a battle with cancer.
Per, Kyle Buchanan on Twitter, there’s actually another Rihanna-blessed song included in the film’s score.
“There are 2 Rihanna songs in the end credits of WAKANDA FOREVER… the already announced “Lift Me Up,” which plays first, then “Born Again,” which was produced by The-Dream. Both ballads. But the rumors are true, you’re about to get double Rihanna after the drought.”
Unsurprisingly, the news has been welcomed by Rihanna fans given that her last album (Anti) was released in 2016. Back in May 2020, the singer teased to Vogue UK that she was “very aggressively working on music.” So, is this new song a taste of what’s to come? We’ll have to wait and see.
While she hasn’t recently released any new music of her own, Rihanna has collaborated with several other artists over the past six years, including Drake, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris.
Next year, the pop icon will headline the NFL Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February, marking her first public performance since appearing at the 2018 Grammy Awards to perform Wild Thoughts. Excited? Same.
And, while she hasn’t been producing music over the last few years, it doesn’t mean she’s been any less busy. From launching Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty and Fenty the fashion label, she’s been one incredibly productive woman. Last year, her repeated endeavours saw her achieve billionaire status, becoming the world’s richest female musician.
It’s also interesting to note that per Forbes, her billionaire-level wealth stems mostly from her business endeavours, not her artistic ones. An estimated $US1.4 billion ($AU2.16 billion) of her fortune said to come from her 50 per cent stake in Fenty Beauty.The rest of her wealth comes from her share of Savage X Fenty and her income as a singer and actor.
Honestly, we’re tired just thinking about all the things Rihanna does, but we know she’s got a lot left in her and we can’t wait to see what’s next.