Surprise, surprise Katy Kats!
Britney Spears isn’t the only pop superstar who’s decided to bless us with new music today (July 15), Katy Perry has unexpectedly dropped a brand new song titled “Rise” – and it’s the official anthem for NBC’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games!
The empowering Max Martin-produced ballad, which is her first new music release since 2013’s Prism, sees the “Dark Horse” diva taking on a tripping trap-lite, heavy-synth beat – not entirely unlike “Legendary Lovers” or even “Choose Your Battles” – as she delivers her positive message: “When, when the fire’s at my feet again/ And the vultures all start circling/ They’re whispering, “you’re out of time”/ But still, I rise/ This is no mistake, no accident/ When you think the final end is near; think again/ Don’t be surprised, I will still rise.”
“Rise” is, unsurprisingly, full of statements about survival, thriving, victory and rising up (she’s quite literally doing it on the cover art), perfectly suited for anyone in desperate need of a pick me up. “It’s a song for the Olympics. “This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. 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,” Katy said in a statement. “I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. 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.”
BUY Katy Perry’s official 2016 Rio Olympics single “Rise” on iTunes / Apple Music now!