Listen to Katy Perry’s Olympics anthem ‘Rise’

Perry says she hopes the song will "inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together"

Katy Perry has dropped a new single called ‘Rise’, which she says is designed “to inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together”.

The single, Perry’s first new material since her 2013 album ‘Prism’, will be used as NBC’s Olympics anthem during the network’s coverage of the global sporting event in Rio de Janeiro next month (August).

“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 honoured that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”

‘Rise’ is available to download now or to stream on Apple Music. Listen to a snippet below.

Perry’s new single follows what is widely presumed to be her response to comments Calvin Harris made about her relationship with Taylor Swift. Read a timeline of Perry’s rumoured beef with Swift here.