Monday, January 25, 2010

Betty Boo


Betty Boo (born Allison Moira Clarkson on March 6, 1970 in Kensington, London, England) is an English female dance/pop singer-songwriter. Her nickname was originally named after the cartoon character Betty Boop, but she changed it to avoid trademark disputes.

Before starting her music career, Betty studied sound engineering at the Holloway School of Audio Engineering. While still attending school, Betty began her music career by signing to British record label Music of Life with hip-hop music group the She-Rockers. The success led her to New York and work with Public Enemy, who encouraged her to pursue a solo music career.
In 1989, Betty earned her big break when she appeared as a guest vocalist on The Beatmasters' single, "Hey DJ, I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing)" which managed to peak at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart and #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart in 1991.
In August of 1990, Betty released the single "Doin' the Do" which peaked at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart, #90 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart for a week in October of that same year & also topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #3 on the ARIA Singles chart in Australia.
In September of 1990, Betty Boo released her debut album "Boomania" which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums chart, but didn't make the charts in the U.S.
Betty's follow-up single "Where Are You Baby?" peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart and #19 on the ARIA Singles chart. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the Jennifer Connelly film "Career Opportunities."
The last single from the album "24 Hours" peaked at #25 on the U.K. Singles chart and #94 on the ARIA Singles chart. At the 1991 BRIT Awards ceremony, Betty was voted that year's "Best British Breakthrough Act." During that same year, she contributed the song "Why, Oh Why?" to the "A Rage in Harlem" movie soundtrack.
In 1992, Betty signed to WEA Records and released her sophomore album "Grrr It's Betty Boo" which peaked at #62 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Let Me Take You There" peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Sweden & Australia.
The second single "I'm On My Way" managed to peak at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. The third single from the album "Hangover" peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single "Catch Me" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single from the album "Thing Goin' On" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. After the release of her second album, Betty turned down an offer to sign with Madonna's Maverick Records label.

Betty's solo career halted when her mother became ill with terminal cancer. She later turned to songwriting, writing songs for artists such as Girl Thing, Girl Aloud, Louise Nurding, Dannii Minogue, The Tweenies and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

In 2006, Betty formed a pop music duo called WigWam with Blur bassist Alex James. Despite working to create an album, they only released one self-titled single in April of 2006.
In August of 2007, Betty released the single "Take Off" which was a joint project with London-based dance music act Jack Rokka. The song managed to peak at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart. She promoted the single on ITV's "Loose Women."

In June of 2011, Betty was featured on the track "Virtually Art" by The Feeling on the double-album edition of their 2011 album "Together We Were Made." During that same year, she also appeared on Fiesty 2 Guns' album "Street Sculptures" on the track "Bloody War."

To see the music video for "Hey DJ," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8--T-xHc9nQ

To see the music video for "Doin' the Do," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3U7FyKdBS4

To see the music video for "Where Are You Baby?," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X3me4UiAGc

To see the music video for "24 Hours," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6lmAHHsoZQ

To see the music video for "Let Me Take You There," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yQFBoD8aQ8

To see the music video for "I'm On My Way," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLl7lKbSN8A

To see the music video for "Hangover," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbYt9ZaSCbM

To see a fan-made video for "Thing Goin' On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHk88bhdzFQ

To see the music video for "Take Off," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJvLEho3JdU

updated on 06/18/13]

3 comments:

Curt said...

Great post! I got the Boo stuck in my head this week and while I was collecting info to rant about it I stumbled on your blog. There's a treasure trove here. Thanks!

I referenced your page on my post here:
http://mog.com/curtjanka/blog/2378806

Haruto said...

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Liz Selwyn said...

Catch Me was amazing.