Katy Perry – “Rise”

Katy Perry’s name has been in the news this week, but not for particularly good reasons. So her release of the swollen, inspiration-heavy new song “Rise” was particularly well-timed. Swedish chart god Max Martin produced the song, and it’s got all the overblown drama (though none of the screaming guitars) that we’d expect to hear from a classic ’80s power ballad. Basically, it’s a more sincere “Roar.” The song will be part of NBC’s Rio 2016 coverage and you can hear it in the Olympics-themed video below. A version of the clip will be shown in 20,000 movie theaters. Also below, read some words about the song that Perry has posted on her website.

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. 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 together 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.

Here’s a video from TODAY in which Perry introduces the video and says she’s working on her new album:

“Rise” is out now at iTumes.