Madonna has shared a new track, ‘I Rise’. The song’s intro features a sample of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez’s signature exhortation: “[They say] us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS!” You can check ‘I Rise’ out below.
As this suggests, ‘I Rise’ is all about self-empowerment. On it, Madonna sings: “There’s nothing you can do to me that hasn’t been done/ Not bulletproof, shouldn’t have to run from a gun/ River of tears ran dry, let ’em run/ No game that you can play with me, I ain’t one.”
The singer told Rolling Stone: “I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind. This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”
As uDiscover Music previously reported, The Queen of pop last month announced a new album, Madame X, and released the first single from it, ‘Medellín,’ featuring Maluma. The duo performed the track this week at the Billboard Music Awards with the help of a few holograms. Madame X, the singer’s first release since 2015’s Rebel Heart, will feature several other collaborations, including with Migos’ Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee and Brazilian singer Anitta. Maluma will also appear on another track titled ‘Bitch I’m Loca.’
Madame X is Madonna’s 14th studio album and it’s scheduled for release on 14 June.
Madonna said of her new album, “Lisbon is where my record was born. I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”