2022 Year in Review: Rihanna’s Long-Awaited Comeback Met With Mixed Reviews

Published: Tuesday 13th Dec 2022 by Ryan

Be it for the good, bad, ugly, or downright shocking, 2022 was full of memorable moments!

Now, as the year draws to a close, That Grape Juice is reflecting on the occasions that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop cultural landscape as we know it.

Next, we’ll revisit Rihanna‘s long-awaited return to music that was met with mixed reviews.

Having taken a long break from music, Rihanna announced her return to the scene with a new song that would appear on the ‘Black Panther 2’ soundtrack called ‘Lift Me Up.’ 

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Upon the official release of the song, 'Lift Me Up' stormed the streaming songs chart as well as broke several radio records along the way, seemingly positioning her to make a grand return.

However, her grand return fizzled some as the strength of her numbers was not enough to best that of Pop titan Taylor Swift to claim the coveted #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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That was not the end of chart blunders though, Rihanna also released another song from the soundtrack called 'Born Again' that failed to make much impact on the charts at all.

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Despite the poor chart performance of each song, Rihanna tied a major Janet Jackson record on the Billboard Hot 100 and even went on to score a Golden Globe nomination for 'Lift Me Up.'

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  1. QueenLizStan December 13, 2022

    The song flopped!

    “bUt iT wAs JuSt a SoUnDtRaCk SoNg So It DoEsNt MaTtEr”

    Yet her team put millions into promo and radio deals…. this was supposed to be her comeback and it FLOPPED lmao.

    Not even vibranium could save that epic fail lmaooooo!

  2. Hollyweird December 13, 2022

    I know Rihanna regrets recording Lift Me Up. The song bombed badly even though it debuted at #2. Tems should kept the song for herself.

  3. Adele December 13, 2022

    Terrible comeback both songs were trash

  4. Rihflopnna December 13, 2022

    FLOP. Gaga or Taylor will win the Golden Globe.

  5. Angela Bassett December 13, 2022

    Song is awful sorry not sorry

  6. KeRhonda December 13, 2022

    Rih will bounce back. Remember she released a few underperforming singles before Work topped the charts for several weeks. All eyes are on you Rih. Don’t disappoint us🥰

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