Fast-rising Pop and RNB singer Tems performed a cover of Bob Marley’s hit song No Woman No Cry for the trailer of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster superhero action film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which released a couple of nights ago to add to her growing arsenal of accomplishments. Here we take a look at what that could potentially mean for the talented songstress in terms of royalties (money) accolades (awards), and popularity.
How much will Tems make from being featured in the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
There are several ways artists’ works can feature in movies. Some pre-recorded songs can make their way into film and TV (like Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush in Stranger Things 4 and Daddy Yo by Wizkid in Pacific Rim) while some songs are specifically composed for and released alongside movies, such as No Time To Die (for No Time To Die, 2021) by Billie Eilish, Skyfall (for Skyfall, 2012) by Adele, All The Stars (Black Panther, 2018) by Kendrick Lamar and SZA and lots more.
However, although Tems’ rendition is a cover of Marley’s No Woman No Cry, it will be considered as an original composition for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie, and may be included in a compilation soundtrack. As we know with the last BP movie, we can expect there will be another soundtrack album for this sequel after the success of the previous one chaired by Kendric Lamar.
That implies Tems will get paid for the full work, but will pay royalties to the legendary Bob Marley’s team. Nonetheless, Marvel is one of the wealthiest film studios in the world today, known to go for the best and most talented creatives. To be under their payroll is a dream for many people.
What awards can Tems win with this?
Music and motion pictures form the building blocks for our favourite films and TV series. As quiet as the sleeper hit American thriller ‘A Quiet Place’ was, it still needed sound to underscore the action in the film.
Award shows such as the Grammy and Oscars recognize this, and have made separate categories to honour musicians and composers for original film soundtracks and scores. Films like Black Panther (2015), La La Land (2016), A Star Is Born (2018), James Bond: No Time To Die (2021), and Jojo Rabbit (2021) have all landed Grammy wins in recent years.
If Tems’ performance is eventually released as part of the compilation soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the project performs well like the old one, it may well be set for a Grammy nomination, an Oscar too. And because of Black Panther’s monstrous influence on popular culture, it would be a wiser choice not to best against it winning. Although that would also depend on the quality of other projects.
How much positive influence will this performance have on Tems’ popularity?
Not many people have enjoyed the kind of exponential career growth like Tems has. In fact, it is important to note that no Nigerian artists has achieved what she has in such a short time, not forgetting she is yet to have a full-length album.
Like I mentioned in a previously published article and in this one, BP’s huge pop culture reverence and clout from Marvel means at least 2 billion people will view the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer. At least one billion of those people will be encountering the phenom for the first time. With that, you can expect her Google, Shazam, and streaming numbers to multiply rapidly. This is a whole new level of being a global superstar.
Check out the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever HERE.