Rihanna fans rejoiced as the singer’s first solo release in six years debuted on music streaming platforms at midnight Friday.
The 34-year-old hitmaker lends her voice to the track Lift Me Up for the highly-anticipated Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever.
The piano balled, which has a 3-minute and 14-second runtime, shows off the beauty’s stunning falsetto as she sings: ‘Keep me safe, safe and sound.’
Fans eagerly took to social media minutes after the release of to gush over the ‘beautiful’ song as well as to praise Rihanna’s vocals.
She’s back! Rihanna fans rejoiced as the singer’s first solo release in six years debuted on music streaming platforms at midnight Friday
‘Omg the song is so beautiful my eyes instantly teared up �� #Rihanna #LiftMeUp,’ gushed one Twitter user, while another marveled at the hitmaker’s singing.
‘OMG HER VOCALS #Rihanna,’ read a tweet, which included an image of someone tearing up with headphones on.
Another wrote: ‘rihanna. what you did was so beautiful. i am literally crying, the vocals, the way you just sang everything.’
Lift Me Up: The 34-year-old hitmaker lends her voice to the track Lift Me Up for the highly-anticipated Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever
Many Rihanna fans – who are often referred to as ‘The Navy’ – were moved to tears after listening to Lift Me Up, which is said to be a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
‘I’m crying right now, Rihanna why you do this to us,’ penned one emotional fan, who received a flood of responses echoing their sentiment.
Someone wrote that they were ‘literally getting chills listening’ to Lift Me Up, while another predicted that the song could be a potential
On Thursday, the mother-of-one teased the song’s release by sharing the cover art for Lift Me Up on Instagram.
She in the caption: ‘Tonight…MIDNIGHT EST. #LiftMeUp.’
Fans shared their excitement as they wrote ‘can’t wait for this’ and ‘the song will be amazing!’
The artwork for the imminent release is a close-up grayscale image of RiRi with her hair surrounding her face.
She wears shimmery eyeshadow on her eyelids and her shapely pout is coated in a matte lipstick.
Along the left side of the photo in white all-caps font, with sideways text orientation, reads ‘Rihanna Lift Me Up.’
In just an hour of uploading the post, the Bajan superstar racked up more than two million likes from her following of 137 million on Instagram.
Message to fans: She wrote in the caption, ‘tonight…MIDNIGHT EST. #LiftMeUp’
The new post comes days after the official Black Panther: Wakanda Forever social media accounts shared a virtual announcement for the song.
The clip opened with the title of the film coming into view, accompanied by the hum of suspenseful music.
As the rest of the letters from ‘Wakanda Forever’ faded away, the one remaining was an ‘R,’ in an obvious reference to the songstress.
Against a black screen, the date ‘10.28.22,’ appeared, alerting fans of the release date. The caption had an emoji of eyes and the hashtag, ‘#WakandaForever.’
Appearance: Rihanna wore a sequined gown for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday
On Wednesday evening Rihanna stepped out to attend the Black Panther movie premiere in Hollywood.
She was joined by beau A$AP Rocky for the glitzy, star-studded event, for which a purple carpet was rolled out.
The beauty mogul, who welcomed her first child with the rapper in May, wore a sequined covered strapless gown.
The look had long, coordinating leather gloves that stretched well above her elbows.
Date night: On Wednesday evening Rihanna stepped out with beau A$AP Rocky to attend the movie premiere in Hollywood
According to Pitchfork, the longtime entertainer penned the tune with music artist Tems, producer Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler.
A press release noted that the piece of music was created ‘as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman.’
The late Boseman shocked fans when he died in 2020, after keeping his battle with colon cancer completely private.
He was the star of the first Black Panther film, which stole the hearts of audiences in 2018.
Striking: On Tuesday the official Black Panther: Wakanda Forever social media accounts shared a virtual announcement for the song