Madonna Releases Uplifting ‘I Rise’ Ahead of Pride Month, 50 Years After Stonewall

Just over two weeks after the release of “Medellín” feat. Maluma, and about 24 hours after their $5 million-budgeted performance at the BBMAs, Madonna has released another track from her upcoming fourteenth album Madame X. “I Rise” will close the 15-track album, and it’s a power ballad about empowerment. The video is rumored to feature prominent drag queens, and will arrive in time for Pride Month.

The uplifting track samples a speech by Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez. Madonna said in a statement about the song:

“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 release about the track. “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 be themselves.” 

On New Year’s Eve, Madonna surprised fans at the Stonewall Inn with a live performance.  

Madonna is scheduled to be honored by GLAAD Saturday evening in New York City. The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

Listen to “I Rise” below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

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