Australian pop singer/songwriter Betty Who scores her first Billboard No. 1, as “Somebody Loves You” surges 5-1 on Dance Club Songs.
Who was first profiled on Billboard.com nearly a year ago, with the song having charted on Pop Digital Songs for a week last year (Sept. 28) after it served as the soundtrack for a video that went viral. In the clip, Spencer Stout (with the help of some flash mob friends) proposes to his boyfriend, Dustin Reeser, at a Home Depot. The video and its popularity helped Who sign with RCA Records shortly after.
“Somebody” appears on Who’s introductory EP “The Movement,” which dented Heatseekers Albums at No. 40 four weeks ago. The release previews her RCA EP “Slow Dancing,” due April 8.
ADDICTIVE HIT: On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, the Chainsmokers snag top Digital and Airplay Gainer honors with “#SELFIE” (19-12). The ode to instant party self-portraiture soars 19-8 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (25,000 downloads sold, up 172%, according to Nielsen SoundScan), while debuting on Pop Songs at No. 38.
Check out more on the duo in last week’s “Bubbling Under” spotlight.
‘TIME’ AND ‘TIME’ AGAIN: Below Betty Who’s new No. 1, Cyndi Lauper flies 41-27 on Dance Club Songs with “Time After Time 2014.” Fueled by its NERVO Back in time remix, the song ushers in the 30th-anniversary reissue of her debut album “She’s So Unusual,” due April 1.
It’s the third time that Lauper has charted with “Time After Time”: her original ballad version topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary in 1984, while her stripped-down take featuring Sarah McLachlan reached No. 14 on the latter list in 2006.
The oft-covered composition, originally a song of the year Grammy Award nominee in 1985 for Lauper and co-writer Rob Hyman, also peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100 for Inoj in 1998; No. 25 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart for Quietdrive in 2007; and No. 65 on the Hot 100 for Javier Colon, winner of the first season of NBC’s’ “The Voice,” in 2011.
Lauper reportedly chose the song’s title after seeing a listing for a 1979 sci-fi film of the same name in “TV Guide.” “When she saw ‘Time After Time,’ something clicked. She said, ‘I think I have a title,’ ” according to Hyman. “I was sitting at the piano and just started banging out what would eventually be the chorus. It almost had a reggae feel. It was a little bouncier and a little more upbeat.
“Then, we started to realize we were on to something. The mood of the lyrics came from both of us. I think Cyndi came in and really started the lyric flow. Then, we realized it wasn’t such a bouncy song, but a little more bittersweet and a little deeper in its feeling and a little more poignant, so the music started to change. I think the last thing we wrote was the chorus. We had ‘Time After Time.’ We just had to get the words that would surround it.”