After weeks of guessing, Marvel Studios has officially announced that Rihanna will have the lead single off the soundtrack to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The single, titled “Lift Me Up,” is said to have been written as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman. It was written by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler and produced by Göransson.
“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”Tems
The soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By – will be available on Nov. 4th through Roc Nation Records/Def Jam Recordings/Hollywood Records. It’s being produced by Coogler, Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan. While the original score, composed and produced by Göransson, will hit on Nov. 11th through Hollywood Records.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Tenoch Huerta, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli. It’s set to hit theaters on Nov. 11th. Tickets are available now.