Thursday, April 18, 2024

Rihanna Is Back with New Song for “Wakanda Forever” by 4 Writers, Recorded in 5 Countries


You know, I love Rihanna’s voice. So the amusing facts of her first single in six years I won’t make fun of.

But still: it took at least four people to write “Lift Me Up” for the “Wakanda Forever” soundtrack. The press release says it was recorded in no less than FIVE countries. Come on. Was one of those countries Wakanda itself?

Anyway the song is coming tomorrow night at midnight. The people getting publishing credits are Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and “wakanda Forever” director Ryan Coogler. The song is a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who tragically died two years ago. His T’Challa character is killed off in the movie.

Who is Tems? She’s a Nigerian born singer songwriter named Temilade Openiyi. She actually wrote the song, I guess. Everyone else jumped on. I like her: we share a birthday. Go, Tems!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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