Katy Perry releases surprise new single for 2016 Rio Olympics

It’s been a while since Katy Perry released any new music, though it can be argued that last November’s “Every Day is a Holiday” does count as a new song. Now, things have slightly changed with the singer unveiling a brand new, surprise track. On Friday (July 15), Perry debuted a brand new song titled “Rise.” In a press release, the singer explains how NBC Olympics chose the song to be the official anthem for the 2016 Rio Olympics and how instead of waiting for her new album to come out, she decided to release the song now, when there is a “need for our world to unite.”

“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 explains in a press release about how the song came to be completed.

“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.”

The music video for “Rise” can be seen below. The clip begins with video of locations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (where the games will take place) before switching over to clips of a slew of athletes training and competing in the medley of events set to take place during the month-long games which kicks off on Aug. 5.

“Rise” is currently available on iTunes and Apple Music. While rumors of a new album/new music has been circulating since she wrapped up the final leg of her “Prismatic World Tour,” Perry has never come forth and confirmed that a new album was in the works. Considering the reference to a new album she made in her press release about “Rise,” it’s probably only a matter of time before she announces her long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Prism.

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