By Lily Rothman
April 3, 2014

In this new video for her song “Heartbreak Dream,” rising pop star Betty Who takes listeners through a tour of her life. And, it turns out, it’s a life that’s changing rapidly.

The major-label debut EP from the 22-year-old singer, Slow Dancing, is out next week — and in this week’s issue of TIME, the songstress talks about finding success with last year’s self-released EP, signing with RCA Records and why pop shouldn’t be overlooked by serious music buffs. Though the genre often gets a bad rap, it’s opening up to new power structures and a new level of authenticity for artists, a change exemplified by her career and her music.

“It’s pop music, but it’s not cheap pop,” Perez Hilton, who’s a fan, told TIME. “It’s smart pop, which is actually really hard to do.”

Click to read the full article or find it in this week’s TIME.

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