Carly Rae Jepsen: 5 facts about the Grammy-nominated 'Call Me Maybe' singer
Carly Rae Jepsen is gearing up for what could be a big night at the Grammy Awards on February 10. The Canadian singer-songwriter, best known for the massive 2012 hit "Call Me Maybe," is up for two awards at the ceremony including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Check out the full list of Grammy nominations here.
While many may know all the lyrics to "Call Me Maybe" there may be a few facts about Jepsen and the hit song that might surprise a few music fans. Check out five facts about Carly Rae Jepsen below.
1. She placed third on season 5 of "Canadian Idol"
Jepsen, a 27-year-old native of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, competed on the reality competition program in 2007 and was the last woman in the final three. She covered songs like "Georgia on My Mind," "Come to My Window," "Torn" and sang "White Flag" by Dido before she was eliminated.
Contestant Brian Melo went on to win the competition and he released two albums but never found mainstream success in the U.S. Jepsen, meanwhile, released her debut album "Tug of War" in 2008 through the independent label MapleMusic Recordings.
Years later, Jepsen teamed up with guitarist Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramasay to write "Call Me Maybe."
2. Justin Bieber helped turn "Call Me Maybe" into a certified hit.
"I was gunning maybe for Top 10 on iTunes. That was my little, mini secret goal," Jepsen recently told The Associated Press about her hopes for the song.
"Call Me Maybe" was released in September 2011 in Canada. However, it wasn't until the song caught the attention of pop sensation Justin Bieber that "Call Me Maybe" became a global hit that surpassed Jepsen's wildest expectations.
Bieber actually Tweeted about his love of the song to his millions of followers on December 30, writing, "Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepson is possibly the catchiest song I've ever heard lol."
Bieber and his group of celebrity friends went on to record a video of themselves dancing and lip-syncing to the song, but more on that later.
Jepsen wound up partnering with Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, and signed an American deal with his record label School Boy Records and Interscope Records that helped open Jepsen's song up toworldwide distribution.
"Call Me Maybe" spent nine weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold more than 6.7 million units in the United States alone. Jepsen released a second song "Good Time," a collaboration with Owl City, which has sold over two million copies.
Jepsen ended up nabbing two Grammy Award nominations while Bieber walked away empty handed.
3. "Call Me Maybe" became a No. 1 hit in 19 countries
Jepsen's catchy song became a hit in countries like Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Korea and Poland to name a few.
The song was the first song by a Canadian artist to be at the top of the digital charts since Bieber's "Baby" in 2010. Despite the success of two singles, her second LP "Kiss" has only sold 226,000 copies, according to The Associated Press.
4. Jepsen made her first U.S. television appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Jepsen appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in March 2012 with Bieber and performed "Call Me Maybe" on stage for the first time for American television audiences.
"You sounded so great," DeGeneres told Jepsen. "Most people would be nervous and you looked great and you sounded great."
Bieber also previewed a 15 second clip of "Boyfriend" on the same episode. Jepsen returned to DeGeneres' show in September 2012 to promote her album's release and talked about all of the "Call Me Maybe" remakes, lip-dubs and spoofs.
5. "Call Me Maybe" has been lip-dubbed by stars like Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim team, was covered by the "Glee" cast and was spoofed by Cookie Monster.
"My family keeps me pretty in the loop," Jepsen told DeGeneres in September about the remakes that hit YouTube. "My family and my friends are constantly sending me [links] on Facebook and email."
"My favorite is the Cookie Monster I think though," she added.
The "Sesame Street" Muppet filmed a music video for "Share It Maybe" where he talked about his hope of someone sharing a cookie with him.
Jepsen also admitted on the show that she didn't own a television, which was quickly corrected by DeGeneres, who gifted the singer with a flat screen TV.
"You're welcome. Anything I can do to help you watch my show," DeGeneres said.
Check out some of the covers and spoofs of "Call Me Maybe" below.