Platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and Gen Z pop king, Conan Gray has released his anthemic and undeniable new single, “Winner” today via Republic Records. The new track found Conan teaming up with Greg Kurstin (Adele, Gorillaz, Sia) to produce. Once again, Conan expands his engaging and emotional vision for alternative pop with “Winner” and places Conan’s vulnerable lyricism front-and-center with a gut-wrenching chorus. Listen to it now below.
On the anthemic new single Conan said, “I wrote this song at 2am. everything at the piano just spilled out all at once. it was a moment where I finally felt like, “fine. great job. you did it. you hurt me more than anybody ever could hurt me.” and it oddly felt nice. I see now that there is a certain freedom that comes from recognizing that you’ve been hurt. in no longer running, and just facing the fact that “you win. you hurt me.” I hope this song helps people find a little piece of that freedom.”
It stands out as his second release of 2023, following the buzzing “Never Ending Song.” Thus far, the latter has gathered nearly 40 million global streams in addition to nearly 5 million-plus YouTube views on the music video.
Beyond plugs from DIY Mag, DORK Entertainment Tonight, and more, Billboard hailed it as “a refreshingly retro, technicolored hit,” while UPROXX summed it up simply, “Conan Gray is back and ready to deliver.” Rolling Stone applauded it as “catchy,” and EUPHORIA. raved, “In reality, “Never Ending Song,” is actually 2 minutes and 36 seconds long, but catchy enough that you might find yourself hitting replay way too many times. Don’t forget to do the slick dance as you listen.” Of the cinematic visual, Vogue observed, “Gray’s transition can be best described as morphing from the school’s theater kid to its bad boy,” going on to proclaim, “The rough-and-tumble video perfectly fits Gray’s latest sound, which draws on signature ’80s melodies and production.”
Earlier this year, Conan wore a custom-made Balmain look while attending the 2023 Met Gala. He quickly was named among the evenings “Best Dressed” by the likes of Vogue, Esquire, Teen Vogue, Insider, NPR and many more.