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Rihanna Returns Six Years Later With “Lift Me Up”

Rihanna at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Premier

On October 26th, Rihanna took to social media to announce her upcoming single, “Lift Me Up,” for the upcoming movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, set to release November 11th.

After six long years, fans are ecstatic to see Rihanna make a come back.

Rihanna last dropped music in 2016 with her album Anti. The album features hits such as “Love On The Brain,” “Higher,” “Needed Me,” and more. This album is actually the first album by a black woman to spend 200 weeks on the Billboard 200. However, this isn’t the only big accomplishment Rihanna has made.

“Lift Me Up”

Importantly, “Life Me Up” is an emotional ballad in tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman. After Boseman passed away in August of 2020, many people were distraught. Boseman was a very talented African American man who played very important figures in movies. In fact, he starred as characters such as James Brown, Jackie Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall. Being one of the most influential black actors in today’s generation, his death hit people very hard.

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California, /3/20/2019

To point out, Rihanna’s song sets an emotional tone for the movie, which is the first Black Panther movie since the death of Boseman. The movie plot follows the death of King T’Challa, better known as Black Panther, and the crowning of a new Black Panther.

By the somber tone of “Lift Me Up,” you can tell that the song is a tribute, and will most likely play during a tribute scene in the movie. The song has the continuous chorus, “Lift me up/hold me down/ keep me safe/safe and sound.” It features the sounds of piano and minimal string instruments.

You can watch the visualizer here:

Riri’s Accomplishments

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In 2014, following a grammy win in 2008 and going No. 1 with her 2012 album Unapologetic, Rihanna received the CFDA award for Fashion Icon. In 2017, she founded and launched Fenty Beauty. Her brand receives praise for its broad inclusivity. It focuses on  matching dark skin shades, that do not receive inclusivity in other makeup brands. Additionally, in 2018, Riri founded and launched her lingerie company, Savage X Fenty. Savage X Fenty also receives praise for its inclusivity. The brand showcases women and men of different shapes, sizes, cultures, and races to model her lingerie. Fenty Beauty is worth $2.8 billion, and Savage X Fenty is has a value of $270 million.

To top all of this, in 2021, Rihanna was officially announced a billionaire. She is the wealthiest female musician globally and the second richest female entertainer behind Oprah Winfrey. Her current net worth is $1.4B.

Last but not least, Rihanna was discovered in 2005 by Jay-Z, when she was only 16 years old. She surprises a lot of people with how far she’s come independently. She’s has the title of Barbados’ first billionaire by Forbes, and has clearly transformed herself into a business mastermind.

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