Acclaimed Flop: Despite highly positive reviews from critics and fans alike, Emotion debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 and suffered dismal sales.
Emotion may have not set the charts on fire in America, but it did considerably worse in her home country of Canada. It's shown in her tour schedule for the album, too: In early 2016, she came off a well received and fairly successful headlining American tour of indie clubs and theaters, and went straight into being the opening act for pop punk band Hedley on their tour of Canada.
Actor Allusion: In the "Your Type" video, the narrator refers to the plot as a 'Cinderella' story, a reference to her role as Cinderella in Broadway.
Big Name Fan: Justin Bieber said on his Twitter that "Call Me Maybe" was his favorite song. Of course, this is exactly what brought the song to attention in the first place.
Breakthrough Hit: "Call Me Maybe" is this to international audiences. It was also her first really big hit in Canada as well.
Colbert Bump: The odds of a third-place runner-up on American Idol going to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 are small enough, while the odds of a third-place runner-up on Canadian Idol going to #1 in the States are next to nothing... but that's exactly what happened with her and "Call Me Maybe" after Justin Bieber praised the song on Twitter, putting in motion what later became a huge musical and memetic phenomenon. Still, no other Canadian Idol contestant has made any impact internationally.
One-Hit Wonder: She is commonly called this; although she technically had two hits outside of Canada; the other hit, "Good Time," is a duet with Owl City, and it's he who gets first billing. "Call Me Maybe"'s view as a novelty song only makes things worse. She did attempt a Career Resurrection three years later with "I Really Like You" and "Run Away with Me", and while it was nowhere as big as "Call Me Maybe" or even "Good Time", it was quite successful, especially from a critical point of view.
Chart expert and music writer Chris Molanphy wrote a piece for the Village Voiceon rules that could be used to define one hit wonders, and used Carly Rae and Owl City's success with "Good Time" as a specific example. Like Carly, Owl City is usually regarded as a one-hit wonder for 2009's "Fireflies" despite the second hit.