Summer Walker is celebrating a huge career milestone as her acclaimed 2018 debut mixtape, ‘Last Day of Summer’, has hit its fifth anniversary and has officially been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). To honour the accolade, the singer will release a new EP titled, ‘Girls Need Love (Girls Mix)’, on October 20, and it will also serve as a special thank you to her fans.
‘Girls Need Love (Acoustic)’ is available today on all digital platforms, as well as the official music video, which is exclusively on Apple Music. In the video, directed by longtime collaborator Lacey Duke, Walker is dressed in a Winnie the Pooh-inspired onesie and links up with her crew, who are also wearing animal-inspired loungewear, in a home whilst she serenades listeners about the wants and needs of a woman.
The ‘Girls Need Love (Girls Mix)’ EP is equipped with five different versions of Walker’s breakout hit single ‘Girls Need Love’, which is also certified 6X-platinum. Three tracks feature guest verses from a trio of leading women, including Victoria Monét, Tyla, and Tink. Walker also gifts fans an acoustic version of the ‘Last Day of Summer’ standout track with the original version to close out the EP. In addition to the upcoming ‘Girls Need Love (Girls Mix)’ EP, Walker will also release an exclusive cobalt blue vinyl for her debut mixtape, ‘Last Day of Summer’. Fans will also be treated to special limited-edition merchandise that Walker will drop on her official website to coincide with the vinyl release.
The project spawned her multi-platinum single, ‘Girls Need Love’, and the celebrated remix featuring Drake, which soared to #2 on the Hot R&B and entered the top 40 of the Hot 100. Last year, Summer released the revamped version of ‘Last Day of Summer (Sped-Up)’ after the viral explosion of her sped-up platinum-certified single ‘Karma’, which created spikes in her streams. Summer Walker is also amongst rare company, as she becomes the latest person to join the exclusive list of women with thirty-plus gold-certified songs. There are only been eight women in the 70-year history of the RIAA to have accomplished the rare feat.