You wanted the greatest, Katy Perry gave you the greatest. In the inspirational video for her soaring Rio Olympics anthem “Rise,” Katy Perry pays tribute to the runners, gymnasts, swimmers, soccer stars and countless other athletes who will push themselves to the very limit next month at the 2016 Olympic games.
Perry shared her first new song since the release of 2013’s Prism album on Thursday night and on Friday morning (July 15) she dropped the action-packed video for the track co-written by Perry, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ali Payami. And though she doesn’t appear in the Joseph Lee-directed clip, there is plenty of superstar power in the form of most-decorated Olympian in history swimmer Michael Phelps, as well as members of the U.S. track and field team, gymnastic powerhouse Simone Biles, swimming sensation Missy Franklin, Jamaican sprinting superstar Usain Bolt and the four-time champion U.S. women’s soccer team, among dozens of other decorated and hopeful athletes traveling to Brazil.
“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 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.”
According to a statement, “Rise” will be used by NBC Olympics’ production team during its programming of the games, including its coverage of the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony. The video is slated to debut in more than 20,000 movie theaters on Friday.