UPDATE—October 26, 2022, 10:30 a.m.: Late Tuesday, October 25, Marvel appeared to confirm the rumor that Rihanna is releasing new music which will be featured in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film’s official Twitter account posted a new graphic singling out the R in Panther along with the date “10/28/22.” Fans are taking the post as a sign that a new track will be dropped on Friday, October 28, and that RiRi is back, baby!

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Original story—October 17, 2022, 1:30 p.m.: For six long years we’ve waited patiently for Rihanna’s return to music. Her last album, Anti, came out on January 28, 2016, and since then the pop star has established herself as a successful businesswoman, becoming a billionaire thanks to booming brands like Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty. Oh, and she also had a baby

Now it looks as though new music could finally on the horizon. Last month it was announced that RiRi will headline the Super Bowl halftime show, but according to music news source Hits Daily Double, she’ll release new music way before February 2023. The outlet reports that Rihanna has recorded two songs that will be featured on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which hits theaters on November 11. This is all a rumor at this point, but the timing does make sense, given her Super Bowl slot.

Since the gossip dropped Monday morning, Rihanna has subtly stepped into the conversation. The Twitter account PopCrave announced that Rihanna changed the profile picture on her TikTok. The new pic, which is a selfie of the pop icon in a big yellow coat wearing sunglasses, does not hint at any relation to Black Panther, but it does indicate a new era for the recording artist. See it here: