Madonna has released “I Rise,” the powerful second single from her upcoming album, Madame X.
The song opens with a sample from Parkland shooting survivor Emma González’s March for Our Lives rally speech in 2018, before Madonna enters. “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 pop icon sings on the anthemic track.
“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,” Madonna said in a press statement. “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.”
“I Rise” follows Madonna’s infectious comeback single, “Medellín” featuring Colombian singer Maluma. Listen to her new song below: