Written by Melanie Burton, July 18, 2016

Katy Perry‘s new Olympic-themed song Rise has literally risen up the iTunes charts over the weekend, taking the number one spot from The Veronicas hit In My Blood.

The single was released early, to tie in with the Rio Olympic Games which start on August 5th, and Katy’s fourth studio album is set to be released by the end of the year.

Katy says the song was a good fit for Rio because it addressed the need for the world to come together after the tragic recent events.

“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface,” she wrote on her website.

“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 together 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,” Katy pleads.

Rise will be the theme song for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.


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