We all know Carly Rae Jepsen as the girl who sings “Call Me Maybe,” but did you know that she participated on Canadian Idol and finished in fifth place in 2007?
Justin Bieber (fellow Canadian), met Carly Rae Jepsen and showed his immediate support. Bieber promoted her via Twitter, YouTube, interviews, performances—you name it.
Who knew that 26-year-old Jepsen would get a second chance for her dream to come true? Canadian label 604 Records believed Jepsen had the potential to create a worldwide hit with “Call Me Maybe.” The track, from Jepsen’s first EP “Curiosity,” was released on Sept. 20, 2011, in Canada.
“I love her! ‘Call Me Maybe’ is one of my favorite songs,” said Kaitlyn A. Flores, junior nursing major. “She has a great voice, and all of her hit songs are very upbeat and catchy. I will be buying her album on iTunes.”
Beiber showed his support by tweeting “Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard lol” on Dec. 30, 2011.
“’Call Me Maybe’ is a great little tune! It’s obviously cheesy, but since when has cheesy been a negative thing? Never. I love it!” said Marie Hannula, senior sociology major.
On Feb. 18, “Call Me Maybe” was uploaded to YouTube as a lip dub video featuring well-known celebrities Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and Bieber. The video accumulated more than 39 million views and 150,000 comments with- in three months.
“The main inspiration for the song is the idea that there’s a kind of chemistry when you meet the right
person. There’s a spark that needs to be investigated, but it can be left unsaid because sometimes people are too shy to take that step, including myself. I’ve never actually asked a guy for his number,” Jepsen said in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine.
On Sept. 10, Jepsen released her newest single, “This Kiss.” The catchy pop track follows Jepsen’s smash single “Call Me Maybe” and her duet with Owl City, “Good Time.”
“I love to discover a pop artist who has upbeat and positive lyrics. Her mainstream songs are great,” said Victoria Offerman, junior psychology major.
On Sept. 18, Jepsen released her debut album “Kiss” from Interscope Records, which includes the hit “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time” featuring Owl City. The CD set will come in standard and deluxe editions. The standard set will feature 12 tracks and the deluxe edition will feature 16 tracks.
“I love ‘Good Time.’ It’s so peppy and always puts me in a good mood. Her and Adam Young’s voices and styles mix well,” said Jamie Fischer, senior English major.
Jepsen uses her Twitter handle @carlyraejepsen as her way to inform fans about future events and important upcoming dates. She recently tweeted “my new album #Kiss is available to pre-order on iTunes! Have you pre-ordered yours?”
“She has nice, catchy songs that are relatable to people. I also think she has a lot of potential, and she seems like a sweet girl,” said Giancarlo G. Delgado Pinell, sophomore history major.
Indeed, “Call Me Maybe” was the hit summer song that got many listeners talking.