For Rihanna Stans, it’s been a LONG wait of six years without any new music from her.
But their prayers have been answered – she’s back with a new song, Lift Me Up, which will appear on the new Black Panther movie, Wakanda Forever!
It was a closely guarded secret, and it wasn’t until earlier this week that people knew the song was coming, when she posted a teaser on her social media.
Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler says Rihanna came aboard to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman.
He played the Black Panther, King T’Challa in the first film, but sadly passed away in August 2020.
Ryan explained: “Honestly, I think it was Chad…it took a lot of unlikely things to happen for this to happen and Rihanna was very clear that she did it for him.
“We knew [Rihanna] was also at a time in her life where she was focusing on different things – focused on business, motherhood, which is a big theme in our film,” he continued.
“We were holding out hope that maybe it could work out and boy did it for this song.”
Lift Me Up was co-written by Rihanna, Coogler and Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who has previously worked with Drake, Justin Bieber, Future, Wizkid, Beyonce and Khalid.
The song is produced and co-written by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, who scored the first Black Panther movie as well as Creed, Venom and Tenet.
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Who is Rhianna?
Rihanna’s full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and she was born in Barbados in 1988.
She shot to fame in 2005 with her debut single “Pon De Replay”, which was featured on her debut album Music Of The Sun.
She released five more albums after that, her latest being “Anti”, released in 2016.
In 2017, Rihanna entered the business world and launched her makeup and skincare brands, Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin.
This business and others she started made her the youngest female billionaire ever in 2021.
It also meant that she became the the richest musician in the world.