Madonna has released an anthemic new song “I Rise” ahead of her upcoming album Madame X. The mid-tempo, Auto-tuned number features inspirational lyrics, as well as an audio sample from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School school shooting survivor Emma González. “There’s nothing you can do to me that hasn’t been done,” Madonna sings. “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 said of 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. 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.”
Madame X, Madonna’s 14th album, will drop June 14. “I Rise” is the second track to appear off the album, following single “Medellín,” which features 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.”
Madonna plans to release “Crave,” featuring Swae Lee and produced by Mike Dean, on May 10, “Future,” featuring Quavo, on May 17 and “Dark Ballet” on June 7.
Madonna said of the 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.”