Rihanna returns to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in five years… debuting at #2 with Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rihanna has finally returned to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the first time in over five years, with her new song Lift Me Up.

The song – which is featured on the soundtrack for the highly-anticipated Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – debuted at #2 on the singles charts for the tracking week spanning October 28 through November 3, via Billboard.

It was the first time Rihanna cracked the singles charts since being featured in DJ Khaled’s 2017 track Wild Thoughts with Bryson Tiller, though she couldn’t top Taylor Swift, whose Anti-Hero remained atop the chart for the second week in a row.

Rihanna returns: Rihanna has finally returned to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the first time in over five years, with her new song Lift Me Up

+6 View gallery Rihanna returns: Rihanna has finally returned to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the first time in over five years, with her new song Lift Me Up

Charts: The song - which is featured on the soundtrack for the highly-anticipated Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - debuted at #2 on the singles charts for the tracking week spanning October 28 through November 3, via Billboard

+6 View gallery Charts: The song – which is featured on the soundtrack for the highly-anticipated Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – debuted at #2 on the singles charts for the tracking week spanning October 28 through November 3, via Billboard 

Lift Me Up tallied 48.1 million in radio audience impressions, 26.2 million streams and 23,000 units sold in its first week, after debuting October 28.

The track is the 34-year-old singer’s 32nd Billboard 100 top 10 hit, the fifth most by any artist or group in the history of the Billboard charts, behind The Beatles (34), Madonna (38), Swift (40) and Drake (59)

Lift Me Up also landed in the second spot on the Streaming Songs chart, third on Digital Song Sales and sixth on Radio Songs.

Single: Lift Me Up tallied 48.1 million in radio audience impressions, 26.2 million streams and 23,000 units sold in its first week, after debuting October 28

+6 View gallery Single: Lift Me Up tallied 48.1 million in radio audience impressions, 26.2 million streams and 23,000 units sold in its first week, after debuting October 28

The single did debut atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot R&B Songs charts.

There has been talk of a new Rihanna album since 2017, a year after her last studio album, 2016’s Anti, was released, though it’s unclear when that will be released.

Rihanna stated in December 2018  that the album would be released in 2019, though that never happened.

More charts: The single did debut atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot R&B Songs charts

+6 View gallery More charts: The single did debut atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot R&B Songs charts

The singer confirmed in a December 2019 Instagram post that the album was complete but she was ‘refusing to release it.’

It was announced in late September that Rihanna will headline the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, though some assumed that meant her new album would finally be released.

She revealed to the Associated Press that it was, ‘not true’ that she was getting ready to release the album, though she acknowledged she needed to get back to work on it.

Refusing: The singer confirmed in a December 2019 Instagram post that the album was complete but she was 'refusing to release it'

+6 View gallery Refusing: The singer confirmed in a December 2019 Instagram post that the album was complete but she was ‘refusing to release it’

‘Super Bowl is one thing. New music is another thing. Do you hear that, fans?’ before adding that she ‘needs to get to work’ on her new album.

She added in another interview the Super Bowl performance will, ‘celebrate the music that I’ve made.’

‘It’s a challenge that I was willing to accept, and I’m really looking forward to it. It´s going to be a lot of hard work, the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my entire career.

Work: 'Super Bowl is one thing. New music is another thing. Do you hear that, fans?' before adding that she 'needs to get to work' on her new album

+6 View gallery Work: ‘Super Bowl is one thing. New music is another thing. Do you hear that, fans?’ before adding that she ‘needs to get to work’ on her new album

 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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