The Olympics have a new soundtrack: Katy Perry surprised fans by releasing her new song, titled “Rise,” which NBC has announced will serve as their official anthem for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio.
Perry released the track exclusively through Apple Music, and tweeted her enthusiasm for the song’s inclusion in the Olympics. “I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games,” she wrote.
It has been three years since Perry’s latest album, “Prism.” She released “Rise” by surprise on Thursday night, simply tweeting out the link. Much like her songs “Roar” and “Firework,” the lyrics and message of her Olympics track are of self-empowerment and triumph, making it an easy choice for an Olympics anthem. The 2016 summer games kick off in Rio on August 5, running through the 21.
Aside from launching new music, Perry has had a surprisingly active week on social media, as she was dragged into the ongoing Taylor Swift-Calvin Harris feud. After the two ended their romantic relationship last month, Harris and Swift have been the center of headlines for weeks, as Swift has emerged in a very public relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston, who was nominated for his first Emmy yesterday, and Harris has taken to social media on various accounts, to the delight of the gossip columnists. Earlier this week, it was revealed Swift penned the lyrics for Harris’ current hit, “This Is What You Came For,” which features Rihanna’s vocals, and Harris on Twitter addressed the reveal, bringing the rumored Swift foe into the mix. “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it,” Harris wrote. Perry responded to the hoopla with, obviously, a gif of Hillary Clinton throwing some shade. As one does.