If for some inexplicable reason you weren't already hyped about the Olympics, Katy Perry has made sure to change your mind.
With less than three weeks until the Rio Games, the American pop star has released a new single called "Rise" – her first since 2013 – which has been chosen as the official anthem for these Olympics. Perry's YouTube channel published the official music video for the song Friday, and it's impossible not to experience a rush of adrenaline when watching.
Here's the chills-producing video, which includes appearances from Olympic household names like Usain Bolt, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Ashton Eaton, Alex Morgan, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix and many, many more:
"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 to Billboard. "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."
The 31-year-old singer has returned to the spotlight with a bang, certainly doing her part to add to the rapidly building worldwide anticipation of the Games. The opening ceremony is August 5 in Rio.
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