Rihanna is officially back!
On Friday, the singer, whose last album was 2016's Anti, released her new song "Lift Me Up," which was announced earlier this week as the lead single from the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is in theaters on Nov. 11.
The song was co-written by Rihanna, Tems, producer Ludwig Göransson and the film's director Ryan Coogler. It was written "as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman," according to a press release announcing the song's release. Boseman, the star of the first Black Panther film, died in 2020 at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer.
The new song, out via Rihanna's own Westbury Road in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings and Hollywood Records, comes as anticipation had been building for new music from Rihanna, after last month's announcement that she would be headlining the Super Bowl LVII halftime show this coming February, marking her first live performance in five years.
The soundtrack will feature not only "Lift Me Up" but a second Rihanna song titled "Born Again." The full soundtrack is out next Friday, Nov. 4.
Update: As of Friday afternoon, an accompanying video directed by Autumn Durald Arkapaw is now out. Watch the video below.