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Katy Perry Refuses To Give Up In Her Music Video For Olympic Anthem 'Rise'

She just keeps fighting.

Katy Perry's new summer song "Rise" is not only the anthem for this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The pop star also performed the song at the Democratic National Convention last month in support of Hillary Clinton. She even changed the lyrics slightly for the nominee, singing, "She will still rise."

It also serves as an uplifting theme song for anyone struggling to rise above life's challenges.

Katy released the music video for the track Thursday night, writing on Twitter, "Through the blood, sweat (lots of it), and tears, we keep rising."


The video depicts Katy making her arduous way through rough terrain while strapped to a parachute.

Things get dangerous as she dangles from a cliff and then nearly drowns.

Through these many obstacles, Katy doesn't give up, instead using her parachute to literally rise.

Katy released a statement last month explaining what the song means to her and why she thinks it fits with the Olympics' theme of unity.

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. 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.

Watch Katy take to the skies in the video below:


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