For the first time in three years, Katy Perry has released a new song, and it couldn’t have been more timely. Perry says “Rise” is a tune that has been “brewing inside [her] for years,” and it’s officially been selected as the anthem for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
The official video was released on YouTube today, and it’s quickly gaining traction as a powerful response to America’s downfall. Watch the breathtaking anthem that is boldly charging “ye of so little faith” to “rise above the fear” during a time when our nation desperately needs it.
“I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” said Perry.
“I know that together we can rise above the fear—in our country, and around the world,” she added. “I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”