It's been a heart-wrenching past couple of weeks, but if anyone can be a ray of light during these difficult times, it's Katy Perry. The singer's uplifting new song "Rise," her first release since 2013's Prism, has arrived in feel-good fashion and will be used as an anthem leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"This is a song that's been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface," she explained in an Instagram video announcing the track's release."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 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."
From Perry's soaring vocals to the lyrics that will *literally* send chills down your spine—When the fire's at my feet again / And the vultures all start circling / They're whispering, 'you're out of time.'/ But still, I rise—the anthem, like the athletes who inspired it, is a force to be reckoned with.