The world has seen an unsettling amount of violence, prejudice and hatred lately with several shootings in the US, and most recently, another alleged terrorist attack in France. However, with the upcoming Olympic Games, there is hope for a more united world as spectators and athletes come together for the event.
Katy Perry debuted the inspiring Rio 2016 anthem, “Rise,” on the TODAY Show this morning.
The song was originally going to debut on her upcoming album, but in light of recent events, she wanted to finish it sooner. The song channels a sense of unity and strength, two things the Games embody.
"I was inspired to finish it now rather than save it for (my upcoming) album because of the overall mood of the world today," she told TODAY. "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."
As we approach the Games, Global Citizens need to stand together, not tear each other down.
"I can't think of a better example coming up 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," she said. "Let's be inspired. Let's heal. Let's unite and rise."
The song will serve as the soundtrack for NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games, beginning Aug. 5.