Earlier this week, Katy Perry was dragged into the tire fire that has become Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris’ messy public breakup. On Thursday however, the singer rose up from the debris by dropping “Rise,” her first new music since 2013′s Prism. “TOGETHER WE #RISE,” Perry tweeted out to her 90 million followers. The empowerment anthem was written for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but with everything going on the world, its message of perseverance resonates louder than ever.
“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,” Perry said in a statement. She continued:
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.
Expect to hear the song a whole lot during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, which kicks off August 5. “Rise” is available to stream on Apple Music or download on iTunes. Check out the artwork, see the accompanying video, and listen to the song below.