And this is crazy
But here's my number
So call me maybe"
Carly Rae Jepsen (born November 21, 1985) is a singer-songwriter from Mission, British Columbia of Anglo-Danish descent. In 2007, she entered the fifth season of Canadian Idol and ended with a third-place finish, and would go on to release her debut album, Tug of War, to mild success in her native Canada. Three years later, however, Jepsen skyrocketed to fame when her single "Call Me Maybe" was praised by both Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on Twitter, propelling her onto the world stage.
"Call Me Maybe" would go on to reach #1 in nineteen countries (including the USA and Canada) making Jepsen the best-selling female Canadian artist since Avril Lavigne released "Girlfriend" in 2007. She's also the best-selling Canadian Idol contestant in terms of singles, as well as the only one popular outside her native Canada. It became the very definition of a viral hit, spawning dozens upon dozens of parody videos and celebrity covers over the summer of 2012. No matter where you went or what you did, at one point or another, you knew all the lyrics to "Call Me Maybe".
Jepsen's music has been described as a mixture of Taylor Swift and Robyn: cute, sweet lyrics about love and breakups mixed with upbeat synth pop and dance tracks. "Call Me Maybe" has been described as quite literally the perfect pop song. Jepsen went on tour with Justin Bieber in 2013 to promote her new album, Kiss.
In February 2014, she made her acting debut as the title character in the Broadway version of Cinderella, and in March the next year released her comeback single "I Really Like You". Its music video quickly became a Memetic Mutation for depicting Tom Hanks lip-syncing the song while going on his typical day. In August 2015, her second album EMOTION was released to disappointing sales but massive critical acclaim, with second single "Run Away with Me" being particularly praised. Jepsen also provided the vocals for "Everywhere You Look", the rearranged theme song for the Netflix show Fuller House, which premiered on February 26, 2016.
- Tug of War (2008)
- Curiosity (EP) (2012)
- Kiss (2012)
- EMOTION (2015)
- EMOTION: Side B (EP) (2016)
- Dedicated (2019)
Ms. Jepsen and her works provide examples of:
- Abandoned Pet in a Box: In the "Now that I Found You" video, the main character finds her beloved cat alone in a cardboard box in the rain.
- 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.
- Adorkable: Her dancing with Tom Hanks in the video for "I Really Like You".
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Curiosity".
- All the Good Men Are Gay: The very end of the "Call Me Maybe" video.
- Break-Up Song: "Sour Candy", "Tonight I'm Getting Over You", "EMOTION", "When I Needed You" (in a more subtle way) and "Love Again" from her Japanese bonus tracks. "Party For One" from her yet-to-be-titled fourth album.
- Broken Record: "I Really (Really, Really, Really, Really, Really) Like You".
- Cannot Spit It Out: "Fever".
- Christmas Songs: "Mittens", her contribution to her label's Christmas album.
- Costume Porn: Changes her costumes in her Music Video for "This Kiss."
- Cover Version: Of John Denver's "Sunshine On My Shoulders" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now", plus her numerous covers on Canadian Idol.
- Dream Team:
- "Beautiful" features Justin Bieber.
- "Good Time" features Owl City.
- EMOTION features Jepsen collaborating with a virtual who's who of co-writers and producers, from A-listers (Sia, Shellback) to well known-behind the scenes names (Greg Kurstin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Mattman & Robin, Rami Yacoub) to performers who helped build Jepsen's now-considerable indie cred (Haim, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, Devonte "Blood Orange" Hynes). All the while, Jepsen's regular songwriting partner and band member Tavish Crowe is credited with six songs between all the editions of the album.
- Don't Explain the Joke: In "Guitar String / Wedding Ring":"If you cut a piece of guitar string
I would wear it like it's a wedding ring
Wrapped around my finger, you know what I mean
(You play my heart string)"
- Double Entendre:
- "Curiosity" delivers the line "Don't call me up just so I can please you".
- "Party For One" is about loving yourself and taking care of yourself after a breakup. Whether she means emotionally or something else (or both) depends on how dirty your mind is.
- Female Gaze: The "Call Me Maybe" video idolizes a guy who can't even start a lawn mower, but damn if he doesn't something sentence a shirt off with his muscles.
- Hilarity Ensues: Her zany sitcom shenanigans in the "Call Me Maybe" video.
- Ignore The Fanservice:
- The "Call Me Maybe" video.
- Although she isn't ignoring his fanservice (even if it's not aimed at her).
- Incompatible Orientation: At the end of the video for "Call Me Maybe", it turns out that the dude she's been obsessing over is gay. This is followed by Carly giving an expression of pure, undiluted "WTF". And the guy is interested in the guitarist in Carly's band. It's implied that this too is a case of this.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: "I Didn't Just Come Here to Dance" ("If you know what I mean... do you know what I mean?") off of the deluxe Emotion album.
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: "Call Me Maybe". In the video, this is timed perfectly to the revelation that her future date is actually gay.
- The Lost Lenore: "Fever" from EMOTION Side B.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "EMOTION" (in subject of possibly a bad break-up and revenge), "When I Needed You" (in subject of unrequited, if not wasted, love) and "Love Again" (in subject of letting go) all sounds upbeat.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Run Away With Me and its video has Carly playing the trope straight. Then again, she tends to portray this image in general.
- Manly Gay: The guy she likes in the "Call Me Maybe" video.
- Meet Cute: The "Now that I Found You" video ends with her meeting a cute guy who's found her cat.
- Mood Whiplash: "Store" from EMOTION: Side B. Its verses are slow and melancholic but its chorus is so upbeat and hilarious, both musically and lyrically.
- The Masochism Tango: "Curiosity".
- Older Than They Look: Just looking at her, you'd be forgiven for thinking that she was in either her late teens or early twenties. In reality, she's actually in her early thirties.
- Performance Video:
- The "Call Me Maybe" video, in part.
- "I Really Like You" is one with Tom Hanks in the lead role.
- Retraux: EMOTION could be mistaken for an album released in the 1980s. Side B takes this Up to Eleven.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: For a while, Canadian Idol Season 5 winner Brian Melo had the best career of the singers that season, if only because his winner's single hit #11 on the Canadian Hot 100. A few of the winners such as Ryan Malcolm and Kalan Porter had number one hits on the old Canadian charts, but that chart used the outdated method of counting only single sales (for example, Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" remake stayed in the top 20 for over three years!). Four years later, third-placer and then two-hit wonder Jepsen releases the single "Call Me Maybe," which not only became the show's first top 10 hit, but also reached number-one. But that was only just the beginning. Shortly after the song reached the top, Justin Bieber tweeted that he was a fan of the song and made a video of it with his friends. With millions of people hearing about Carly for the first time ever, her song proceeded to top over ten other national charts including the Hot 100 in the United States, and become a full-fledged meme, especially after a Barack Obama-inspired parody was released. "Call Me Maybe" remains the only song by a Canadian Idol contestant to be a major hit outside of Canada; likewise Jepsen is the only act from the show most non-Canadians are familiar with.
- Rhymes on a Dime: "Higher" has five near-rhymes back-to-back and fast-paced in the chorus (rest, second-best, mess, blessed, confess).
- She has a song called "Alice in Wonderland".
- "Bucket" samples the old children's song "There's A Hole In My Bucket".
- Silly Love Songs: "Alice in Wonderland", "Call Me Maybe", "Guitar Strings", "I Really Like You", "All That", "Higher" and "Picture".
- Sophisticated as Hell: Not her, but someone referring to her. Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit cited "Call Me Maybe" as an example of equivocal consent to be called in his opinion in Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, 866 F.3d 1273, 1278 (11th Cir. 2017).
- Sorry, I'm Gay: Again, the "Call Me Maybe" video.
- Stock Rhymes: "Call Me Maybe" rhymes "crazy" and "baby" with "maybe", while "This Kiss" rhymes "this" and "kiss."
- Telephone Song: "Call Me Maybe".
- Time Lapse: The video for "Good Time" is literally a day at the beach.
- Troperiffic: "Call Me Maybe" and the accompanying video.
- Twist Ending: When the guy she likes turns out to be gay in the "Call Me Maybe" video.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Guitar String / Wedding Ring", "Black Heart"
- Underwater Kiss: At the end of the music video for "This Kiss".
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Nicki Minaj in the remix of "Tonight I'm Getting Over You".
- Your Cheating Heart: Technically the subject of "This Kiss", even if the lyrics imply the affair is just in the first stages.