Betty Who, the rising Australia-born singer and Pop Shop favorite, told Billboard last summer that a follow-up EP to her sparkling four-song debut "The Movement" would be out in early 2014, and Ms. Who is delivering on that promise. "Slow Dancing," the 22-year-old's first release on new label RCA Records, will be out on Apr. 8, with the gorgeous lead single "Heartbreak Dream" coming on Feb. 18.
Who (real name: Jessica Newham) will also be embarking on a U.S. headlining tour, which begins Mar. 22 in Philadelphia. Zak Waters and Cardiknox will serve as the openers for the trek.
Soon after her "Movement" single "Somebody Loves You" was used to soundtrack a viral video that featured an elaborate marriage proposal set in a Home Depot, Who finalized a deal with RCA last fall. The singer has been previewing "Slow Dancing" cuts like "Alone Again," "Giving Me Away" and "Heartbreak Dream" at recent live shows.
"I was in an unrequited love-type relationship when we were putting out the first EP," Who told Billboard last August. "A lot of the songs were about being in love with somebody and not having them love you back, and learning from that. I think, because I've been so busy, I haven't really been distracted by men and by my relationships as much as by work… There's definitely heartbreak in the second EP, but it's a little less consuming."
Click here to listen to Betty Who's "The Movement," which premiered exclusively on Billboard last spring. And check out her upcoming headlining itinerary below:
Mar. 22: Philadelphia (Underground Arts)
Mar. 23: Washington (Rock & Roll Hotel)
Mar. 24: Nashville (The High Watt)
Mar. 26: Atlanta (Masquerade (Purgatory Stage))
Mar. 27: New Orleans (Hi Ho Lounge)
Mar. 28: Houston (Fitzgerald's)
Mar. 29: Dallas (Three Links)
Apr. 1: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Apr. 2: San Francisco (Slims)
Apr. 4: Portland (Bunk Bar)
Apr. 5: Seattle (Barboza)
Apr. 6: Vancouver (The Media Club)
Apr. 8: Salt Lake City (Bar Deluxe)
Apr. 9: Denver (Larimer Lounge)
Apr. 10: Omaha (Waiting Room)
Apr. 11: Minneapolis (The Whole Music Club)
Apr. 12: Chicago (Lincoln Hall)
Apr. 14: Detroit (Magic Stick)
Apr. 15: Toronto (The Garrison)
Apr. 16: Brooklyn (Il Motore)
Apr. 17: Boston (Brighton Music Hall)
Apr. 18: Brooklyn (Music Hall of Williamsburg)