Carly Rae Jepsen has suddenly found herself in the big leagues. Justin Bieber recently signed the YouTube pop starlet to his Schoolboy Records label, much like his mentor, Usher, helped catapult him into superstardom when the R&B icon took Bieber under his wing.
It all started when Bieber tweeted, “Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard,” creating an immediate runaway hit of the track off Jepsen’s EP Curiosity. And now, a music video spoof of the song, featuring heavy pop hitters like Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and, of course, Bieber, has likely made “Call Me Maybe” the song of the season.
“I have no idea why Justin Bieber picked me out of everyone he could have picked, but I’m so glad he did,” Jepsen told MTV News recently.
So, who is the girl who wants you to call her, maybe? We already know the 26-year-old Canadian singer has fans in high places, and her track is in the top 10 on the iTunes singles chart, alongside the likes of Adele and Katy Perry. But there is much about this up-and-coming pop singer that you might not know, and MTV News would like to acquaint you with some lesser-known facts about Carly Rae Jepsen.
1. She is an “Idol” alum.
In 2007, Jepsen placed third in the Canadian version of the popular “Idol” competition, touring across the country for the “Canadian Idol” Top 3 Concert Tour. During her first audition, Jepsen impressed the judges so much, singing original material, that one judge proclaimed his wish for her not to move forward in the show so he could sign her to a record deal right there and then.
2. She might collaborate with Justin Bieber.
The Bieb is certainly “paying it forward.” This past Christmas, Usher recorded a song with his protégé on “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” and now Bieber has reportedly collaborated on a track with his protégé, Jepsen. “I think a collaboration with Justin Bieber isn’t out of the question considering we’ve already gotten together and worked on a little something,” Jepsen told MTV News. “But for when that will come out, your guess is as good as mine, but hopefully soon. I like the song.”
3. She takes inspiration from life and her friends.
Most art imitates life, and it is no different for Jepsen. But she also takes inspiration from the lives of those around her. “I have a fascination with words, so if a girlfriend starts talking and says a phrase that resonates with me, I’ll put it down on a napkin and get inspired from that,” Jepsen says of her creative process.
4. She loves shoes.
Jepsen loves her stilettos. “I have an obsession with high heels mostly because I’m 5′ 2″ and a girl needs all the help she can get!” she quipped. She will likely have a ball this spring/summer fashion season as the height of heels grows, hopefully in conjunction with her rising stature.
Jepsen has been making the media rounds under the tutelage of Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, who recently told Rolling Stone, “He’s [Justin Bieber] never jumped out and promoted an artist like this.”
Jepsen is scheduled to make an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on March 22, and it seems the sky’s the limit for this folksy addition to the pop world, especially with Justin Bieber on her side.
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