Singer Katy Perry released the anthem for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Friday (July 15). It is titled “Rise,” and the reason it’s dropping early instead of Perry holding it for her album release is because she hopes it will inspire people to come together.
“I was inspired to finish it now rather than save it for (my upcoming) album because of the overall mood of the world today,” Perry tells “Today.” “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.”
She adds to E! News, “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.”
With the song release comes a video that features Perry singing over footage from past Summer Olympics. There are thrilling moments of victory with stars like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and the U.S. women’s soccer team, but also painful moments of defeat, reminding everyone to rise up even in the darkest of times.
“Rise” is available now on iTunes and to stream on Apple Music.