Anna Clendening Launches “Girls Like You,” A “Coming Out” Follow-Up to RIAA-certified Gold Hit
Rising singer and songwriter, Anna Clendening, has opened up about her sexuality in spiritual successor to RIAA-certified Gold single, “Boys Like You” with recent unveiling of single, “Girls Like You.” This track is the second offering off her forthcoming Untitled Ex’s EP due this summer via Atlantic Records.
Everyone has a “coming out song,” and I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, but it’s a response to ‘Boys Like You’ about a girl I met from Florida who I ended up kissing. It was written for myself.
We’re all very similar. Our experiences, while different, are not isolated. People are going through the same things to not feel alone. When I was first diagnosed with anxiety, I thought I was crazy. I felt like nobody else knew what was going on, and it wasn’t happening to anyone but me. With my music and platform as an artist, I want to be the person I needed when I was 13- or 14-years-old. That’s all I want to do as long as I’m alive.
~ Anna Clendening
Since the release of “Boys Like You” in 2017, Clendening has amassed over half-a-billion streams and critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Ones To Watch, Refinery29 & more. Her debut EP, 2019’s Waves, generated over 150 million streams alone in under six months and led to collaborations with the likes of Illenium, Lost Kings & Matoma. Signing to Atlantic Records in 2020, her Evolve EP, featuring standout single “Love Song” with John K, arrived to applause from American Songwriter, Flaunt, Idolator & more. In tandem with her honest songwriting, Clendening has proven to be a source of universal encouragement and an incredible advocate for mental health awareness. Sharing openly with fans about her own mental health journey managing anxiety, she’s continually channeled these challenges through the healing power of music.
The single “Girls Like You” also follows her comeback single “Sweatshirt,” which arrived last month following an 18-month hiatus that found Clendening relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville as she re-discovered herself as both an artist and a songwriter. The period of growth led to an outpouring of creativity that ultimately formed her upcoming EP, titled Untitled Ex’s. It depicts five tracks of perfected gleefully chaotic pop that is fully her own unique brand.
I wanted to write about the past five relationships I’ve had just to get it all out there. Being a spiteful human sometimes, I thought it would be cool to name each song after a guy. My manager said it wouldn’t be cool to get sued—he was right. That’s how we came up with ‘Untitled Ex’s.’ Every song is very much about a specific person.
~ Anna Clendening
Listen to the new single, available on all streaming platforms now: