Updated: Oct 30, 2022
The 34-year-old chart-topper dropped the new track on Friday, making it her first solo music since the 2016 album Anti. Rihanna recorded the song for the upcoming Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever.
Lift Me Up features a stripped-back melody, with the singer accompanied by a subtle backing choir.
Following the single release, fans flocked to Twitter to share their opinions, and some people were far from happy.
One person wrote: "I'm sorry, but the new Rihanna is a snoozefest idc for it," while another echoed their sentiment: "Yeah, this is a blockbuster snoozefest. Not what I had hoped for after the long break." [sic]
Rihanna ruined my day," a third person tweeted. Another added: "This new Rihanna single ain't it."
One fan seemed torn about the song, commenting: "It's really good to hear Rihanna's voice again but Lift Me Up is not a comeback song, not even close."
Others enjoyed the track, with one fan writing thoroughly: "Rihanna's new song is so gorgeously hypnotic. It feels like the kind of song I'd do breathing exercises to or play as I lay in the dark and let wash over me. It's so pretty."
"In the words of @gregjames, 'today is @rihanna day.' The queen is back," penned another.
A third fan said: "Rihanna's song is also beautiful, so it's just tears today, huh," while another added: "Look at what Rihanna has been starving me all these years. A queen."
Announcing the release of her new song, Rihanna shared a simple tweet that read: "#LiftMeUp."
According to Variety, the tune is a tribute to the life and legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman and was written by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, and Ryan Coogler, director of Wakanda Forever.