Rihanna’s first new solo music in six years has been released and is hitting some nerves.
“Lift Me Up” from the soundtrack of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was released on Friday. The song is already a hit with her loyal fanbase, known as Rihanna’s Navy.
The singer teased the song’s release on Wednesday. Within an hour of posting the 14-second teaser, more than 70,000 tweets have been generated about it, according to Twitter.
The new song begins with Rihanna humming the melody before launching into the emotional lyrics.
“Lift me up / Hold me down / Keep me close / Safe and sound,” she sings. “Burning in a hopeless dream/Hold me when you fall asleep/Hold me in the warmth of your love when you go/Hold me safe and sound.”
Rihanna too released a moving music video for the Friday song, with scenes from the film.
The song was written by Rihanna, fellow artist Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson and “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler as a tribute to late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman died in 2020 at age 43 following a private battle with colon cancer.
There are already a lot of reactions to the song on social media, including one person who launched a hopeful prediction by tweeting“I just finished listening to Rihanna’s future Oscar-winning song, lift me up.”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By” will be released on November 4, with the film hitting theaters a week later.