Rihanna’s song for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Rihanna marks her return to music with a song for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which will be released this Friday, October 28, and the theme will serve as special tribute to the late protagonist of the first film, Chadwick Boseman.

Lift Me Up is Rihanna’s first music debut since 2016, and is described as “a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman.” The song (written with Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, producer Ludwig Göransson and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler) will be released on Rihanna’s Westbury Road imprint in collaboration with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings and Hollywood Records.

Although for now there is no full version of the theme, Rihanna has shared a short clip of Lift Me Up on Twitter. It’s a soft, somber preview that’s only a few seconds long, reminiscent of some of the more poignant melodies used in previous trailers.

In August 2020, Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43 from cancer. Boseman starred in the original film as Black Panther (T’Challa) and was set to return as the superhero in Black Panther 2. Before his death, Coogler said the sequel was “very rooted in T’Challa’s perspective,” but it was rewritten to honor Boseman and his role.

Lift Me Up’s announcement confirms speculation from earlier this month, when New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan shared rumors of Rihanna’s involvement in the soundtrack and also noted that her contribution was for the end credits song. .

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Lift Me Up will be available this Friday with listening options on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in theaters on November 10, 2022. In the run-up to the premiere, Marvel Entertainment has also shared other details, such as the official summary of the plot.