Anna Clendening returns with “Sweatshirt” – ‘(PETTIER)’ ACOUSTIC VERSION OUT NOW!
Rising singer-songwriter’s new single is available now via Atlantic Records
STREAM “SWEATSHIRT (PETTIER)”: LINK
STREAM “SWEATSHIRT”: LINK
Anna Clendening, a rising singer-songwriter, has unveiled an acoustic version of her long-awaited return track, “Sweatshirt (Pettier),” which is out now on Atlantic Records. Dan Richards (One Direction, Anson Seabra) co-wrote the song, which was published earlier this month, and Colin Brittain produced it (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low). Clendening returns with “Sweatshirt,” marking the start of a new chapter for her after an 18-month absence that saw her travel from Los Angeles to Nashville and embrace herself as an artist and musician. Her account of a disastrous romance with “a narcissistic asshole” who practically stole her hoodie is countered by warm guitar, a glitchy beat, and optimistic production.
“I always bought oversized shirts at every tour stop,” Clendening reveals. “I let this guy I was dating borrow one. Fast forward, we break up, he ends up dating his co-worker, called me on FaceTime, and he was wearing that shirt. He knowingly put it on to call me. There was overlap. Did he cheat? I think so. It doesn’t matter at this point, but it does. I thought, ‘How funny would it be if his girlfriend ended up pulling the shirt out of his drawer and wearing it?’ I was playing out this scenario in the song.”
Clendening’s RIAA-certified Gold single “Boys Like You” was released in 2017, garnering over 100 million streams and praise from publications such as Billboard, Ones To Watch, Refinery29, and others. Meanwhile, her debut EP, Waves, was released in 2019 and garnered over 150 million streams in less than six months, leading to collaborations with Illenium, Lost Kings, and Matoma. Her EvolveEP, which included the outstanding track “Love Song” with John K, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim from American Songwriter, Flaunt, Idolator, and others. Clendening perfects her own style of joyfully chaotic pop on her upcoming third EP, due this summer, after over half a billion streams.
Clendening has proven to be a source of global encouragement and an amazing advocate for mental health awareness, in addition to her honest lyrics. She’s been candid with fans about her own mental health struggles with anxiety, and she’s always found a way to deal with it through the healing power of music.
“We’re all very similar,” Clendening observes. “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.”