Just a few months ago, few had heard of Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, but with the success of her first single, “Call Me Maybe,” the 26-year-old is quickly becoming a household name. Earlier this week, that infectious song became the fastest-selling U.K. single in 2012 so far — yet, what’s even more impressive is who she beat out for the #1 spot: her boss, Justin Bieber.
Bieber, who signed the YouTube star to his Schoolboy Records, took to Twitter to send his congratulations. “So i get up today and #BOYFRIEND is #2 on ITUNES chart in the UK!! Incredible!” Bieber tweeted. “Who is #1?? My own artist @carlyraejepsen … hmmmm.”
When she stopped by the MTV News offices Monday, Jepsen insisted the only place these two are battling it out is on the charts. “The fact that we are able to have that friendly competition is blowing my mind,” she shared. “I wouldn’t be here without his support and his help, and he is so great about it. He’s just happy for me, which is nice to see.”
So, is she going to give up that #1 spot? “We can share it: two #1s!” Jepsen joked, laughing.
The pair might actually share the #1 spot in the future, since Jepsen confirmed she and Bieber recorded a duet . But for now, Jepsen is still trying to adjust to the fact that her life has changed so dramatically in just the past few months.
“It truly has been a whirlwind, but it’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s just like my entire life changed, and it’s exciting. If you met me before this experience, I would have said my favorite thing about life is when it surprises you. This has been the greatest surprise so far.”
Jepsen revealed that a lack of sleep has been the biggest adjustment for her since finding fame, but it’s the time away from her family that she misses the most.
“That’s the one downer, because it’s hard not to feel grateful about everything that’s happening,” she said. “But I would say that’s the one hard part, just kind of keeping in touch with everyone. And they’re all so excited, but the most they see me is on TV. We’re trying to make a once-a-week little date, phone date, chat, we’ll have tea somewhere and talk; it’s nice.”
Her success isn’t just working out for her: It seems her brother is also reaping benefits: “Everyone in my family is handling it in a different way, and all very positively,” she shared. “My brother is using it as a pickup line … It’s kind of awkward.”
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