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Rihanna returns to music with ‘Black Panther’ song

 Rihanna is making her long-awaited return to music with “Lift Me Up,” the lead single on Marvel’s blockbuster sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The song, a tribute to the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman, was written by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and director Ryan Coogler. It will be released on Friday, Oct. 28 in advance of the movie, which premieres in theaters on Nov. 11.

Rihanna briefly teased the song’s melodic hum on social media, but little else is known about the style and sound of “Lift Me Up.”

The news amplifies Rihanna’s grand return to music, which will continue when she headlines the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February of 2023. It’s been more than half a decade since Rihanna’s last full-length release, “Anti,” dropped in 2016. Since then, the new mother has expanded her repertoire as a successful businesswoman and has become a billionaire thanks to her cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and lingerie line Savage x Fenty.

Her halftime show appearance came as a surprise to many given her extensive songwriting hiatus.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye