Rihanna and SZA both drop new music!

SZA goes on a crime spree in the video for her new single ‘Shirt’, while Rihanna releases her first song in six years: ‘Lift Me Up’, which features on the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Happy New Music Friday! This week, we’re blessed with long-awaited tracks from not one, but two of our favourite pop artists: Rihanna and SZA.

After teasing the release earlier this week, Rihanna has shared her first solo single in six years, “Lift Me Up”, which features in the forthcoming Black Panther sequel and is dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman. Clocking in at three minutes, the track is an emotional ballad and includes lyrics written by Nigerian artist Tems.

If that wasn’t news enough, SZA has shared her highly-anticipated new single “Shirt” and an accompanying Bonnie and Clyde-inspired music video starring LaKeith Stanfield. The pair previously teamed up on the music video for the viral 2021 track “I Hate U”.

The musician revealed that she would be releasing the official video for the single earlier this month during a show at Austin City Limits. The track follows on from her 2017 debut Ctrl. SZA recently revealed that she has written 100 songs for her new album, adding that it could be released “any day” now, though previously said she’s also made it clear that she’s not rushing to release it.

“It’s a little bit of everything. It’s a little aggressive. Some parts are incredibly soft. Some of them are ballads. I don’t know. It’s all over the place. It’s just where my heart is,” she previously told Complex.

Watch the video for “Shirt” above.