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Katy Perry Drops New Song, 'Roar'

Lead single for 'Prism' released early after internet leaks

Katy Perry performs at the Dolby Theatre on December 4th, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
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August 11, 2013 10:23 AM ET

Katy Perry's first single from her forthcoming new album, Prism, has hit the airwaves. According to Billboard, the song was originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, August 12th, but it leaked onto the internet on Saturday morning. In response, the song saw an early release to radio stations, including Clear Channel, which will be airing it hourly. Perry tweeted this morning that the track will be out on iTunes tonight at midnight, EDT. "Looks like there's a tiger on the loose!!!" she wrote. 

With its easy poppy beat and repeated refrains of "You held me down but I got up," and "You're gonna hear me roar," the lead single strikes a determined note for the new album.

Katy Perry's Sexy Style

Prism, Perry's fourth studio album, and first since 2010's Teenage Dream, is due out October 22nd. The pop star has been promoting the record with a shiny gold 18-wheeler truck traveling across the contry emblazoned with the title and release date. TMZ reports that the golden truck was hit by a drunk driver on Friday at a Walmart parking lot in Pennsylvania. The driver was uninjured and Perry later tweeted "The #Prism semi is bumped & bruised but she is a champion! She will return..."

Katy Perry, "Roar"

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