Biography: Carly Rae Jepsen
Although she's been an established artist in her native Canada for several years — with a third-place finish on Canadian Idol, two gold singles, two albums, and two Juno Award nominations to her name — singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen was a virtual unknown in the U.S. until February when fellow Canadian Justin Bieber began tweeting about a song he had heard on the radio while home for Christmas vacation — an irresistible track Jepsen had co-written called "Call Me Maybe."
"I immediately fell in love with the song," Bieber said. "I thought it was a smash." As we all know, the kid has ears. Following the announcement that he and his manager Scooter Braun had signed Jepsen to Braun's Schoolboy Records and Interscope Records, "Call Me Maybe" began racing up the iTunes Singles chart where it is now comfortably lodged in the Top 10. Its rapid rise has also been fueled by a lighthearted video that Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and others shot of themselves lip-synching and dancing to the song and subsequently posted on YouTube where it has racked up 19 million views and inspired hundreds of fans to post their own homemade videos in response.
"I first saw the video along with everyone else when it was posted on Carlos Pena's YouTube channel," Jepsen says. "I had to watch it three more times before it actually registered for me that this was done by my new team. It was the warmest welcome I could have imagined. It's still hard to believe all of this is actually happening. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be in this position, I wouldn't have believed you. I would not have written this experience into my story."