Update 10/26/22 12:21 PM:
Our first listen at Rihanna's comeback single is here.
Following Marvel sharing the news that the star would mark her return to music on the Black Panther 2 soundtrack, she shared a brief clip of the new single and revealed its official title, "Lift Me Up". The track is rumored to be a musical tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman who portrayed the superhero in the original Black Panther blockbuster film. Get a sneak peek of the new song, below.
Rihanna also shared the official single artwork as well. The black-and-white image is a moody closeup of the singer wearing her hair in textured waves.
Orignal 10/26/22 9:05 AM:
Rihanna's return to music is underway.
Yesterday, Marvel Studios confirmed the news that the "Love on the Brain" singer (and beauty CEO and lingerie mogul) will be featured on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack with her first single in six years coming out this Friday, October 28. The film studio shared the news in a brief clip that showed a glittering Wakanda Forever logo transitioning into Rihanna's signature R logo—a symbol fans haven't seen used in a musical context in a very long time.
Fans of the star were quick to turn the teaser into a Twitter trending topic, with thousands of people expressing their excitement over the confirmation. A return to music seemed imminent for the star after she confirmed back in September she would be headlining the 2023 Super Bowl in Phoenix. Following Friday's release, fans will also see Rihanna make an appearance in the upcoming fourth edition of her Savage x Fenty fashion show for Prime Video.
Rihanna has yet to share the news herself on her own social platforms, but, of course, she doesn't really need to. The demand for new music from the Barbados-born star is so high, she (and Marvel) knows that an in-your-face promotion campaign isn't necessary. The mere public anticipation for this moment is more than enough.
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