Popular singer Rihanna made headlines on Friday, October 28, when she released Lift Me Up, the lead single in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The song marked Rihanna’s return to music after almost seven years and was a tribute to the life and works of late actor Chadwick Boseman, who played the role of Black Panther in the MCU.

Lift Me Up was produced by Rihanna-owned Westbury Road label, in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings and Hollywood Records. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honour,” a statement issued by one of the co-writers of the song, Tems, read.

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Who is Rihanna?

Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty is a popular Barbadian pop and hip-hop singer, who is known widely for her numerous hit albums. Apart from being a singer, she is also a Hollywood actress and a successful businesswoman. She was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, to Ronald Fenty and Monica Braithwaite.

She grew up in Bridgetown in Barbados. Her father worked as a warehouse supervisor while her mother worked as an accountant. She has two siblings and three half-siblings.

Rihanna became interested in music from a young age and participated in an audition for Evan Rogers, an American record producer. She went on to gain widespread popularity in 2005, following the release of two studio albums named Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me.

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She released her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, in 2007, which helped her to become one of the most sought-after singers in the United States and the rest of the world. It also helped her to win her maiden Grammy Award with the single Umbrella. She later went on to release more studio albums named Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and Unapologetic (2012).

Her music has sold over 250 million copies throughout the world and she has become the second highest-selling female musician of all time. Rihanna has won nine Grammys, 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records and numerous other honours.