The empowering anthem sees the singer embracing a trap-heavy, heavy-synth sound, but still boasting her signature, uplifting messaging. The track opens with pounding drums as Katy declares: "I won't just survive / Oh, you will see me thrive" before moving into the foreboding, anthemic chorus: "This is no mistake, no accident / When you think the final end is near, think again / Don't be surprised, I will still rise." Perhaps it's a message to a certain pop frenemy of hers?
Premiered along with an intriguing single cover that now acts as her avatar on Twitter, "Rise" was unexpectedly announced by the singer on the social platform. Immediately after its reveal, NBC announced it was using "Rise" to soundtrack its coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Perry made a statement about the powerful tune, saying:
“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. 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.”
While she mentions she was considering it for her next album, no official word on whether the sound or theme of "Rise" previews Perry's upcoming fourth studio album. It doesn't exactly scream lead single material but, hey, we'll take a catchy Katy anthem any day.
Watch Katy share with the Today Show about the creation of "Rise":
Celebrate your #TBT with this classic Fuse interview when we talked to a baby Katy when she performed on Warped Tour: