Katy Perry has returned with ‘Rise,’ the anthem for NBC’s broadcast of the Rio Summer Olympics. The triumphant anthem had its exclusive premiere on Apple Music, and it’s the first new song from the pop music superstar in three years.
Yes, not since 2013’s Prism have we heard new music from Katy Perry. That’s quite the eternity in the pop music landscape. But for fans — and she’s got more than 100 million collectively on social media — the wait is over.
She Tweeted in all caps and hashtag “TOGETHER We #RISE” and with that, the song was out into the proverbial airwaves, at least for now for subscribers to Apple Music. Hours later, the full music video premiered on YouTube and VEVO and you can see it below.
In prerecorded statement which was broadcast on ‘Today Show’ (video below), she reflected upon the making of the song, saying in part, “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.”
Continuing, she went on to say, “I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world.” She lauded Olympic athletes for their “strength and fearlessness” adding that they can “remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be.” She went on to express her hope that the “song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. ”
The Inspiration and motivation territory isn’t a new one for Katy Perry as her 2013 international smash hit ‘Roar’ resonated with survivors of all kinds, including children with cancer, and it spawned countless viral videos of people banning together to sing it as their anthem of strength and perseverance.
She also spoke, in the video, of “late nights in the studio” and working on the album. Earlier this year, in an interview with The New York Times,, she reflecting upon her musical hiatus. At the time, she said, “I’ve been going at it for eight or nine years in the spotlight, and then before that there’s that decade of hustle that never gets recognized but still shows up in your wrinkles.”
As for future music, she said, “I don’t want to jump on any trends. I just need to evolve.”
Well, the wait continues, for the new album! For now, you can see the cover art for Katy Perry’s ‘Rise’ for the Rio Olympics and see the full official music video below!
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