Fletcher releases soul-baring single 'Better Version' ahead of debut album + live dates

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Fast-rising queer icon FLETCHER has shared her new single “Better Version,” the latest release from her hotly anticipated debut album Girl Of My Dreams, due out September 16th via Capitol Records/EMI. A raw expression of post-breakup grief, “Better Version” delivers what FLETCHER refers to as the flipside to “Becky’s So Hot” — the much-buzzed-about smash single that recently hit #3 on the iTunes chart across all genres.

While “Becky’s So Hot” offers up an exhilarating portrait of lusting after her ex’s new girlfriend, “Better Version” slips into a heavy-hearted mood as FLETCHER explores one of the more devastating aspects of watching someone move on. “It’s a sad reality that after a relationship ends, the next person is going to get the better version of you: the more evolved, more healed, the one who’s worked through their bad habits or communication issues,” says FLETCHER. “This song is me trying to accept that someone else will get the better version of my ex, and someone else will get the better version of me.”

Arriving days after FLETCHER performed “Becky’s So Hot” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Better Version” centres on the candid lyricism that’s made her one of the most compelling young artists in the pop world today (from the song’s gut-punching chorus: “Do you think of me/When you fuck her?/Do you use the moves/The ones we learned?/It’s always the next person/That gets the better version”). With its folk-leaning guitar work and delicate piano melodies, the beautifully slow-building track also features a particularly powerful vocal performance from FLETCHER. “I was crying when I recorded the demo for ‘Better Version,’ and we ended up keeping that vocal instead of re-cutting it,” she recalls. “I love that we were able to capture the pure intention of what I felt as I was writing that song.”

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