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Carly Rae Jepsen


Who is Carly Rae Jepsen? Even before Justin Bieber tweeted a video that featured her song (we’ll get to that later), she already made a name for herself in Canada and now she has entered the music scene in the USA. Wanna learn more about the bubbly brunette? Keep reading!

  Carly was on the 5th season of Canadian Idol
Before Carly came to the states, she had already competed on the singing competition show, Canadian Idol. Sadly, Carly didn’t win, but she did come in third place! Because of the show, Carly landed a record deal with Fontana/Maple Music.

There’s a Tumblr dedicated to one of her songs

“Call Me Maybe” is Carly’s most popular songs right now and recently, there was a Tumblr page set up for it. Grab your video cams; fans can make their own videos singing along to “Call Me Maybe” and send it in to the page!

Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun signed her to their label

The Biebs and Scooter have taken notice of this Canada’s talent and signed her to their record label, Schoolboy Records. Bieber said that as an artist, he felt that he had a responsibility to pass it on. Usher discovered him and helped him become a superstar, and he wants to do the same for someone else. Isn’t he so nice?
Celebs obsess over Carly’s song

A few months ago, Justin Bieber tweeted a video that featured his friends, Ryan Good and Ashley Benson (Hanna from Pretty Little Liars), dancing and lip synching to “Call Me Maybe.” Check it out here! It’s hilarious! Justin also made a video (below) for the song that featured Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, the guys from Big Time Rush, “The Hunger Games” book and many celeb buddies. Whitney Port, from The City, also chose the song for her Music Monday pick!

She’s racked up many nominations
Carly’s had a lot of success in her music career so far. She was nominated for “Songwriter of the Year” and “Best New Artist” at the 2010 Juno Awards and “UR Fave New Artist” at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.
She’s a double-platinum brunette

The song “Call Me Maybe” has gone double platinum in her homeland, Canada. It also became the first song to get to the top of the digital charts since another famous Canadian’s hit single, “Baby.”
Tug of War helped her out

Carly released her first studio album “Tug of War” in 2008 and the first single was a cover of the song “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” Other songs on the album include “Tug of War” and “Sweet Talker”. The song “Tug of War” peaked in the mid thirties on the Canadian Hot 100 list.
 She has a very diverse taste in music

CBC music recently got to talk with Carly and had her put her iPod on shuffle to see what 10 songs came up. The songs ranged from Marianas Trench to La Roux to John Mayer!

Carly just released a new EP
Carly released the EP “Curiosity” featuring her hit single “Call Me Maybe” on Valentine’s day. It’s so catchy! Go listen to it and you’ll be hooked!

She toured with three famous brothers…

Carly joined the pop-rock musical trio, Hanson, on their “Shout it Out” world tour. Carly got to open for them on some of their Canadian tour dates.

—Ama Kwarteng