Rihanna Returns to Music With Her New Song, “Lift Me Up”


Gyzelle Kay Bagsic

After a long-awaited musical comeback, world-renowned singer and songwriter Rihanna released the single “Lift Me Up,” marking the end of a six year hiatus. The intensely emotional feature track to Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” exhibited true heart in both its musical composition and lyricism.

Released on Friday, October 28, 2022, the single was made available on all streaming applications.  An official visualizer was also uploaded on the RihannaVEVO Youtube Channel.

Rihanna’s artistic touch proves prominent in this song.  Her use of a simple melody and mellow chord progression creates an ambiance of calm.  The song flows smoothly and its instrumental version alone is beautiful enough to tug on anyone’s heartstrings.

Paired with Rihanna’s strong voice, “Lift Me Up” emits an empowering tone that is only enhanced with the tenderness of her lyrics.  Repeating the phrase, “Lift me up, hold me down, keep me safe, safe and sound,” she expresses her wish to cling onto the loved ones who once provided her protection.  “Drowning in an endless sea,” the waves of sorrow overtake her as she mourns the loss of said person.  Marvel fans can relate this line to the passing of Chadwick Boseman, late actor for Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

The love for this song grew quickly.  In just twenty-four hours, it ranked #3 on the global charts and garnered over seven million streams on Spotify.  In addition, the song debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week of release.

With the evident success of this single, Rihanna has secured her throne back in the music industry.