If you weren’t already pumped for the upcoming Rio Olympics, perhaps this track by Katy Perry will amp you up. NBC released it on Friday, calling it their “Rio anthem.”
Sure, it’s a bit of a slow jam, but the uplifting lyrics to “Rise” are pretty solid, and when matched up with footage of Olympians doing superhuman things, well, if you’re still not chanting “USA!” in your head then you should just go back to playing Pokemon Go. The real world isn’t meant for you.
Appearing on the “Today” show on Friday morning, Perry said the song has been a long time coming.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 15, 2016
“[‘Rise’] has been brewing inside of me for years,” the 31-year-old said. “I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for the album, because of the overall mood of the world today. Now more than ever there is a need for our world to unite.”
The song comes in the wake of several tragedies, including a recent spate of police-related violence, as well as a Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice, France.
“I know that together we can rise above the fear — in our country, and around the world,” Perry continued. “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.”
If you don’t like the track, then you might want to get familiar with your remote control’s mute button. According to NBC’s website, the network plans to use it often during its 6,755 hours of Olympic coverage, including during the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremonies. The Games will run through Aug. 21.