Katy Perry has released the music video for her single "Rise" on Today.
"Rise," which is about victory and rising above your rivals, was written and recorded for NBC's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.
A version of this video will also be shown in 20,000 movie theaters ahead of the game's opening ceremony on August 5.
Perry was introduced on Today as an Olympic super fan and in a introductory clip where she talks about the music video she said, "There is however, a song that's been brewing inside me for years, and finally has come to the surface."
"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 continued, as snippets of tragic events happening around the world were shown and a sample of her song played in the background. "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 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. I hope you enjoy."
The music video opens up with a majestic shot of Rio's iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer surrounded by clouds as Katy hits the first verse of the song. And keeping with the tone that Perry had said, the video then goes on to show clips of different athletes from all over the world training hard for the upcoming games, and as the chorus resounds it shows moments from previous Olympic games.https://youtu.be/lFIIMEe2Ht0&h=500
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