Rihanna’s comeback single “Lift Me Up” has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America 5 months after release.
The milestone comes just days after the singer’s first public performance of the Chadwick Boseman tribute track at the 2023 Oscars, which was held on Sunday (March. 12).
Lift Me Up was released on October 27 as the lead single from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack. It officially marked the new mother’s return to the music scene after a six-year hiatus. The song also served as Rihanna’s first solo track since she released Anti in 2016. She last appeared as a featured guest on PartyNextDoor’s 2020 single “Believe It.”
The emotional ballad co-written by Rihanna, Tems, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson was a tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman who died in August 2020 after battling colon cancer in the middle of the shooting of the second film.
Coogler, who directed and co-wrote the original Black Panther and its sequel, revealed how they were able to land Rihanna for the song.
“Rihanna, man, we knew she was at a point in her life as well where she was focusing on different things—focused on business, motherhood, which is a big theme in our film. We were holding out hope that maybe it could work out and boy did it for this song,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Rihanna who recently welcomed her first child, is already pregnant with her second. The pop star revealed her baby bump during her performance at the Apple Music Super Bowl halftime show in February.