Rihanna returns to music with 'Lift Me Up' from 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', fans say they 'can't stop crying'

'Lift Me Up' is Rihanna's first single in last six years and will feature in Marvel's upcoming superhero movie 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

Rihanna returns to music with 'Lift Me Up' from 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', fans say they 'can't stop crying'
Rihanna attending an event (Mike Coppola/Getty Images) and the album art for 'Lift Me Up' (Twitter/@rihanna)
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The QUEEN is BACK!!! After a long wait of six years, pop icon Rihanna has made a stunning return to music with her latest track ‘Lift Me Up’, which is also the first track from Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster superhero movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. Her last album, ‘Anti’, came out in 2016 and since then, fans have been waiting to hear RiRi’s magical voice.

The song features powerful vocals by the extraordinary musician and her amazing voice is backed by a piano. The best part of the song is that it primarily focuses on Rihanna’s voice and inspiring lyrics and features minimal string instruments. The song, which serves as a tribute to Chadwick Boseman and his legacy, has been written by the likes of Tems, Rihanna, Ludwig Goransson, and director Ryan Coogler.

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Rihanna attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022.
Rihanna attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

 

The song opens with the lyrics, “Lift me up/Hold me down/Keep me close /Safe and sound. Burning in a hopeless dream/Hold me when you go to sleep.”

As the song reaches halfway mark, a choir joins Rihanna and makes the song even more hard-hitting. The track is quite simple and that’s the most striking aspect of the song because the ‘Work’ hitmaker, in recent years, is known for her sexy, dancing numbers. However, her voice sounds perfect on the emotional track and delivers a soul-stirring message.

As soon as the song surfaced online, fans flocked to various music streaming platforms to hear the song and as expected, the musician has once again won everyone’s hearts with another beautiful single. One of the fans wrote, “I literally can’t stop crying. #LiftMeUp is so simple yet so powerful and beautiful. Her delivery is unreal. Missed her voice so, so much.” Another social media user wrote, “Lift Me Up. @rihanna is so special and just beautiful. She is showing so much emotion and maturity in this song. Love that for her.”

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“When Anti came out years ago, Rihanna said she wanted to move towards making songs that would still stand 50 years on. She continues to prove she meant that. #LiftMeUp,” tweeted another user. “I'M SOBBING RN SOMEONE HELP ME. RIHANNA PULLED UP AND SERVED ANGELIC VOCALS,” wrote another one. “Lift me up is such a pretty song & now I want to cry,” tweeted another fan. "Rihanna never disappoints!" said another one.

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‘Lift Me Up’ is one of the two songs Rihanna has created for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. The second track, titled ‘Born Again’, will be released in the upcoming weeks.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Ryan Coogler revealed that he and composer Goransson were looking for an artist who could “embody” the movie “thematically” in their music. He didn’t shy away from saying that Rihanna was “at the top” of that list because they knew that the musician was looking forward to doing something different.

He added, “We were taking a different musical approach with the film. Ludwig Göransson, who's our composer, and myself, we were looking to make the film and have actual songs that were incorporated into the score throughout the movie. Rihanna was at the top of that list. We knew she was at a point in her life as well where she was focusing on different things — you know, focusing on business, motherhood, which is a big theme in our film — so we were holding out hope that maybe it could work out and, boy, did it.”

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Kevin Feige, President and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Studios, Nate Moore, Victoria Alonso, President of Physical, Post Production, VFX and Animation at Marvel Studios, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dominique Thorne, Ryan Coogler, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Mabel Cadena, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Lupita Nyong'o and Louis D'Esposito, Co-President of Marvel Studios, attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022.
Kevin Feige, President and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Studios, Nate Moore, Victoria Alonso, President of Physical, Post Production, VFX and Animation at Marvel Studios, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dominique Thorne, Ryan Coogler, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Mabel Cadena, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Lupita Nyong'o and Louis D'Esposito, Co-President of Marvel Studios, attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

 

The first ‘Black Panther’ turned out to be a path-breaking project for Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and earned more than $1.35 billion globally and became a cultural phenomenon. Fans are hoping for something similar from the sequel as well. The official synopsis of ‘Wakanda Forever’ reads, “In Marvel Studios 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,' Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”

The movie had its world premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday night and even though the official review embargo for ‘Wakanda Forever’ lifts November 8, the embargo for social media reactions lifted after the premiere and as expected, Coogler has once again knocked it out of the park.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is schedule to hit theatres on Friday, November 11.

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