Marvel teased Rihanna’s involvement in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack with a cryptic social media post before confirming that her track “Lift Me Up” is on the way.
Tonight Hollywood will host the world premiere for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Marvel Studios’ 2018 blockbuster Black Panther and ahead of that there are big announcements afoot. The sequel promises to be equally as big while paying tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy. With the celebration just hours away Marvel Studios has broken its silence and confirmed rumors of who will be providing the soundtrack for the blockbuster.
Marvel Studios Confirms Rihanna’s Involvement With The Wakanda Forever Soundtrack
On Tuesday Marvel Studios tweeted a Wakanda Forever graphic video that slowly fades just to show the letter “R”, which is reportedly Rihanna’s new logo. The video also reveals a date confirming Rihanna’s return to music. Marvel didn’t indicate if it was just a single or if the full soundtrack would be released but shared the date of 10/28. The last time Rihanna released a full project of any kind was in 2016 and the last time we heard even a sliver of her vocals was in 2020 from PartyNextDoor.
Rih’s gone on to confirm that the 10/28 date is for a track titled “Lift Me Up” and it’s dedicated to Chadwick Boseman. A press release notes that it was written as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of the actor by not only Rihanna but by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, and Ryan Coogler. The song was recorded in five countries and was produced by Göransson and Tems spoke about penning the track via an official statement.
“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. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them,” said Tems.
“Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
With RiRi headlining the Super Bowl halftime show and now giving us the music we might be out of the drought, but we’ll pause on celebrating until her music officially hits streaming services.
You can listen to a teaser for “Lift Me Up” below.