Although Underwood's music may already be considered country pop or new country, this track takes her to full-fledged pop, featuring electronic beats and nearly no country music indicators besides the just barely detectable twang in her voice.
Along with the track, Carrie has released a lyric video for the song, which will also be heard as part of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage.
There are also references to sporting legends like Muhammad Ali and fictional boxing champion Rocky Balboa.
The pair filmed the video past year. Now, it will be "The Champion" that ultimately becomes an earworm for sports fans across America.
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The country singer seems to be giving pop music a try in her latest track The Champion, which dropped late Thursday.
"When we were writing 'The Champion, ' our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game", Underwood said of the new song, "but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives".
"It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carrie for this inspirational song", the rapper says.
Whatever "The Champion" means for Underwood's career path, she has come a long way since winning American Idol in 2004, snagging seven Grammys and 12 American Country Music Awards for her chart-topping country albums.