New Music To Know: Betty Who Makes Dance Music You Can Cry To
By Shannon Carlin
Jessica Anne Newham is not the next Miley Cyrus. Nor is she the next Beyoncé, Katy Perry or Robyn, though she gets a kick out of people telling her she could be the love child of the latter two. No, Newham is Betty Who, an Australian-born singer who earned a degree in pop music from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and feels a lot of weird emotions when she sees Usher.
“I got the 8701 Tour DVD when I was probably too young to be watching Usher’s 8701 Tour DVD because he comes out in these leather baggy pants, shirtless with like a floor length fur coat and like a really dumb hat, and I remember seeing it and being like, ‘I’m confused and aroused, but I don’t know what these emotions mean because I’m 11,’” Who told Radio.com. “That was a really strange confusing time in my life.”
Betty Who is also a certified viral sensation after her song “Somebody Loves You” was used in a video where a man, with help from a flash mob made up of his friends and family, proposes to his boyfriend in a Salt Lake City Home Depot.
That 2013 clip currently has been watched over 11 million times and undoubtedly helped the lead track off her debut EP, The Movement, go on to earn the top spot on the Billboard Dance Charts this past February – the same month she would serenade the couple at their wedding.
Having a hit single is still something Betty Who has trouble believing though. “I think I was watching an old episode of Glee like in sweatpants,” she said about finding out she was No. 1. “And I was like, ‘What is happening to me? I need to get my life together.’” She then got out of bed, called a friend and went and got some fro-yo to celebrate. “I just ate until I wanted to vomit,” she said laughing. “This is the glamorous lifestyle of Betty Who.”