Katy Perry’s “Rise” was shared on her Twitter page in the late hours of Thursday, July 14. It will reportedly be the official soundtrack to Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, which will broadcast on NBC this August.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 15, 2016
It’s been three years since Katy Perry released her most recent album, Prism, and two years since she dropped a single, “This Is How We Do.” That’s a long time for a pop star to go into hiding, and it seems even longer — Perry introduced Left Shark during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in 2015, but that’s like a million memes ago.
“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,” Katy said in a statement. “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.”