“Black Panther” Soundtrack: Ryan Coogler Explains How Rihanna Got Involved

This week, the lead single from Rihanna, “Lift Me Up,” sets radio history in the United States by being the song with the most spins and listeners added in a single day. One of the most eagerly awaited events of the year is the sequel to Marvel’s Black Panther. The soundtrack’s inclusion, which marked Rihanna’s spectacular comeback to music, increased the excitement for the movie.

The new song “Lift Me Up,” which the Bajan beauty co-wrote with Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, and the movie’s director Ryan Coogler, received acclaim from fans. The well-known director recently revealed up about contacting Rih personally to persuade her to appear on the soundtrack during an interview with CBS’ Gayle King.

“She has a lot of great people around. Jay Brown especially. It was really talking to the folks around her, cause she was in a position where her life was changing, she was becoming a mom,” he shared. “I think the trailer is what spoke to her the most. She kind of saw the performance that the actors were putting down, what the tone . Heard that beautiful music from Tems mixed with Kendrick. It timed up with her coming in to a space where she was ready to engage with the world musically again.”

Coogler and Göransson set out to create an avant-garde soundscape for their fourth film project, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, where Göransson claims, “The songs and score are one.”

From co-writing the lyrics for the Rihanna song “Lift Me Up” to suggesting Tems, a Nigerian singer/songwriter, perform a cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and bridging it with Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” for the movie’s instantly popular trailer, Coogler was heavily involved in the creation of the soundtrack for the movie.

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