Katy Perry‘s new single, “Roar,” has sprung a leak. The highly-anticipated track was due to premiere Monday, August 12, but has hit the net a couple days earlier than scheduled. Bad news for Katy, but awesome news for you… You know you can’t wait to hear it.
We made a case for the song being deliciously catchy judging by the tiny preview of the hook heard on the latest teaser, and the full version confirms our suspicions. Katy delivers a wholehearted pop empowerment anthem with “Roar.”
“You held me down, but I got up/Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough/I see it all/I see it now,” Katy sings before ripping into the triumphant chorus. “I’ve got the eye of the tiger/A fighter/Dancing through the fire/’Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar/Louder, louder than a lion/’Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.”
Here’s the only issue with “Roar”: the marketing. The teasers appear to kill off Katy’s Teenage Dream era, seemingly preparing us for a bigger, better, tougher Katy sound. The problem is “Roar” isn’t the least bit next level for Katy. It would easily fit in on TD or The Complete Confection re-release. So, it ends up being more of the same. But if “the same” is catchy, feel-good pop, Katy isn’t in a bad position.
“Roar” is the first single from Katy’s new album, Prism, due October 22. Listen to the track (while it’s still available) below: