Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen at BSOMF.jpg
Jepsen performing at the 2012 Burlington's Sound of Music Festival
Background information
Also known asCarly Jepsen
Born(1985-11-21) November 21, 1985 (age 27)
Mission, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPop, dance, pop rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsMapleMusic, 604, School Boy, Interscope
Websitewww.carlyraemusic.com
 
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Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen at BSOMF.jpg
Jepsen performing at the 2012 Burlington's Sound of Music Festival
Background information
Also known asCarly Jepsen
Born(1985-11-21) November 21, 1985 (age 27)
Mission, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPop, dance, pop rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsMapleMusic, 604, School Boy, Interscope
Websitewww.carlyraemusic.com

Carly Rae Jepsen (born November 21, 1985) is a Canadian recording artist and singer-songwriter from Mission, British Columbia.[1] In 2007, she placed third in Canadian Idol season five's competition, and was a part of the Canadian Idol Top 3 concert tour.[2] Shortly after competing on Canadian Idol, she independently released her debut album Tug of War through MapleMusic Recordings on September 30, 2008. Three years later, she released a new single, titled "Call Me Maybe", on Canadian label 604 Records, which was followed by the release an extended play titled Curiosity on February 14, 2012. In February 2012, pop singer Justin Bieber referred her to his manager, Scooter Braun, who subsequently signed Jepsen to his Schoolboy Records label while obtaining an American deal with global distribution on affiliate Interscope Records, after "Call Me Maybe" gained popularity on YouTube by reaching 400 million views. The single reached the number one spot on both the US Billboard and Canadian Hot 100, while also topping the charts in 19 other countries. Jepsen's musical influences include James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison.[3][4][5]

Jepsen has received multiple awards and nominations, including three Juno Awards and two Grammy Award nominations. She was also named by Billboard as 2012's Rising Star.[6]

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Life and career

Jepsen was born in Mission, British Columbia, the daughter of Alexandra and Larry Jepsen; her stepfather is Ron Lanzarotta.[7] She attended Heritage Park Secondary School in Mission, and has since performed there post-graduation. She later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia before auditioning for Canadian Idol. After completing the Canadian Idol tour, Jepsen went back to British Columbia to focus on writing, recording and completing her band. Her demos attracted attention and she was eventually signed a joint management deal with Simkin Artist Management and Dexter Entertainment, which led Jepsen into the studio with producer Ryan Stewart. Founder Jonathan Simkin of Simkin Artist Management, who is also co-founder of the Vancouver-based record label 604 Records, was initially reluctant to also sign her to the 604 label right away, instead opting to jointly take on her management as a first step. Jepsen struck an independent signing with MapleMusic Recordings and distribution via Fontana North.[8]

2008–2010: Tug of War

Jepsen performing on Canada Day in 2010

On June 16, 2008, Jepsen released her debut single and another single, a cover of John Denver's song "Sunshine on My Shoulders".[9] On July 21, 2008, Jepsen added two new songs from the album to her MySpace page: "Bucket" and "Heavy Lifting". In August 2008, Jepsen's MySpace page announced that the album's title would be Tug of War, and it was interdependently released on September 30, 2008 through MapleCore/Fontana North. The page also mentioned two more songs that were included on the album: "Tug of War" and "Sweet Talker". The former was released as a single on iTunes on September 16, 2008, and has been receiving radio airplay on various stations across Canada. She performed the latter as her Canadian Idol audition.[10] A music video for "Tug of War" was released in January 2009. "Bucket", her second single, was released in May 2009. A video for "Sour Candy", a duet with Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench, who would also go on to produce "Call Me Maybe", was also released. All of Jepsen's music videos have been directed by Ben Knechtel. In spring 2009, she toured western Canada with Marianas Trench and Shiloh.[11] She then went on a cross-Canada tour with Marianas Trench, The New Cities and Mission District.

2011–present: Curiosity and Kiss

Following the steady appeal since her debut album, Canadian label 604 Records, co-founded by Jepsen's ongoing manager Jonathan Simkin, signed Jepsen to the label. Jepsen also began recording material for her sophomore album in 2011 with previous collaborators Josh Ramsay and Ryan Stewart. One of those songs, "Call Me Maybe", was chosen as the first single and released in Canada on September 21, 2011. In January 2012, dating pop singers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were in Canada for the holidays and heard the track on the mainstream radio. After they tweeted about it on their personal profiles, Jepsen instantly gained international attention. Soon after in February, Jepsen visited Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun in Los Angeles where she subsequently obtained an American deal with Braun's label School Boy Records and Interscope Records, enabling her access to global distribution.[12] At the same time, 604 Records was gearing up for the release of her second studio album. Having obtained a new deal of global calibre, it was mutually decided to postpone plans for a release of a second studio album, as her new deal called for Jepsen to work with a host of in demand producers in recording additional all new material. Therefore, at the last minute, 604 Records decided to only release six of her completed tracks with producers Ramsay and Stewart as an EP, including the hit single "Call Me Maybe". The EP, titled Curiosity, was released on February 14, 2012 in Canada, coinciding with her rising popularity on YouTube and social media sites.

"Call Me Maybe" became the first song by a Canadian artist to reach the top of the digital chart since Justin Bieber's "Baby" in January 2010. It is also only the eleventh song by a Canadian artist to reach number one on the Digital Songs chart since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital download sales in 2005. The song has also peaked at number one on the Canadian Hot 100, being the fourth Canadian artist to do so.[13] Jepsen was also the first Canadian Idol contestant to enter the UK charts, when "Call Me Maybe" debuted at number one. On June 26, 2012 Jepsen's duet with Owl City, "Good Time", was released as a digital download and appears on both artists' albums.[14] The song debuted at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at number 8. In early August 2012, Jepsen announced that her second album, Kiss, would be released on September 18, 2012.[15] She premiered her song "This Kiss" on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Additionally, Jepsen appeared on the fifth season premiere episode of The CW primetime soap opera, 90210.[16][17] The episode premiered on October 8, 2012.[17][18] On October 25, 2012, Jepsen was named Billboard's Rising Star of 2012.[19]

Jepsen in Cannes, France, at the NRJ Music Awards ceremony, January 2013.

In October 2012, Jepsen was sued in Federal Court in Los Angeles for copyright infringement. Jepsen and Owl City's Adam Young were named in a lawsuit for the song "Good Time."[20] Allyson Nichole Burnett, a singer-songwriter from Huntsville, Ala., is suing Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City, along with Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing and Schoolboy Records, ACAP and SESAC. Burnett claims "Good Time" features many similarities to her 2010 song "AH, It's a Love Song." Matt Thiessen and Brian Lee, the songwriters of "Good Time", were also mentioned in the suit.[21] In a second lawsuit filed on November 8, 2012, Ukrainian pop star Aza filed a lawsuit against Jepsen in US District Court in Los Angeles in which Aza accuses Carly Rae Jepsen of sampling lyrics from Aza's song "Hunky Santa" without approval or consent.[22] Aza claims her tune "Hunky Santa" also features a "call me" call out, which Aza claims was used to create Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe."[23] Scooter Braun — Justin Bieber's manager — is also named in the suit. A representative for Jepsen has denied the allegations.[24]

As part of ABC’s 2012 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Jepsen performed her songs "This Kiss" and "Call Me Maybe" in Times Square.[25]

Candie's announced in 2013 that Jepsen will be the new spokesperson for their clothing/footwear brand.[26]

Jepsen was scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America upcoming 2013 National Scout Jamboree, along with the band Train.[27] In March 2013, both cited the controversy over the BSA policy on gays as barrier to their performance. Train released a statement saying they "strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen ... We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then." [28] Similarly, Jepsen released a statement saying "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer".[29]

In March, Jepsen has begun writing and recording sessions in preparation of her follow-up record to Kiss She's been back into Studio at Barcelona, Spain, and has written a new song with producer BHarv and co-writer Tavish Crowe.[30]

Canadian Idol performances

EpisodeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
Audition"Sweet Talker"Carly Rae JepsenN/AAdvanced
Top 80"I Try"Macy GrayDuetsAdvanced
Top 40"Breathe (2 AM)"Anna NalickN/AAdvanced
Top 22"Put Your Records On"Corinne Bailey Rae11Advanced
Top 18"Sweet Ones"Sarah Slean4Advanced
Top 14"Waiting in Vain"Bob Marley & The Wailers3Advanced
Top 10"Inside and Out"Bee Gees3Bottom 3
Top 9"Georgia on My Mind"Hoagy Carmichael5Safe
Top 8"Torn"Natalie Imbruglia7Safe
Top 7"Killer Queen"Queen3Bottom 3
Top 6"Come to My Window"Melissa Etheridge4Bottom 3
Top 5"Chuck E's in Love"Rickie Lee Jones4Safe
Top 4"My Heart Belongs to Daddy"Mary Martin1Safe
"I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"Ivie Anderson5
Top 3"At Seventeen"Janis Ian3Eliminated
"White Flag"Dido6

Discography

Studio albums
Extended plays

Tours

Headlining
  • Kiss Summer Tour (2013)
Promotional
  • Curiosity Promo Tour (2011)
  • Kiss Promo Tour (2012)
Co-headlining
Opening act

Filmography

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Canadian IdolHerself (contestant)Season 5/eliminated 3rd place
201290210HerselfEpisode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2013Shake It UpHerselfEpisode: "My Fair Librarian It Up"

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2010Canadian Radio Music Awards[31]Song of the Year"Tug of War"Won
Western Canadian Music Awards[32]Song of the Year"Tug of War"Nominated
Juno Awards[33]New Artist of the YearCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Songwriter of the Year"Tug of War", "Bucket", "Money And The Ego"*Nominated
MuchMusic Video AwardsUR FAVE New Artist"Bucket"Nominated
2012MuchMusic Video Awards[34]UR Fave ArtistCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Pop Video of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Most Streamed Video of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Won
Video of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Won
UR Fave Video"Call Me Maybe"Won
Teen Choice Awards[35]Choice: Summer Song"Call Me Maybe"Won
Choice: Breakout ArtistCarly Rae JepsenWon
Choice: Music Star FemaleCarly Rae JepsenNominated
MTV Video Music Awards[36]Best New Artist"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Most Share-Worthy Video"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Western Canadian Music Awards[37]Pop Recording of the Year"Curiosity"Won
VEVOCertified Awards100.000.000 Views"Call Me Maybe"Won
Irresistible Fanta Awards[38]Most Irresistible Dance Song"Call Me Maybe"Won
Billboard Music AwardsRising StarCarly Rae JepsenWon
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Song"Call Me Maybe"Won
Best Push ActCarly Rae JepsenWon
Best New ActCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Best North American ActCarly Rae JepsenNominated
American Music AwardsOld Navy New Artist of the YearCarly Rae JepsenWon
Capricho Awards[39]Hit Internacional"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Melhor Instagram (Best Instagram)@CarlyraejepsenNominated
Revelação Internacional (Breakthrough Internacional)Carly Rae JepsenWon
Billboard Japan Music Awards[40][41]Hot Top Airplay of the Year"Good Time"**Won
Digital & Airplay Overseas of the Year"Good Time"**Won
Premios 40 Principales[42]Best International Song"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Best International New ArtistCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Premios 40 Principales America[43]Best International Song"Call Me Maybe"Won
Best International New ArtistCarly Rae JepsenNominated
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite Song of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Favorite Music Video"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Favorite Breakout ArtistCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Grammy AwardsSong of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Best Pop Solo Performance"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Song"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
NRJ Music AwardsInternational Song of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
International Group/Duo of the Year"Good Time"**Nominated
International Breakthrough of the YearCarly Rae JepsenWon
VEVOCertified Awards100.000.000 Views"Good Time"**Pending
SiriusXM Indies Awards[44]Single of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Won
Artist of the YearCarly Rae JepsenWon
Most Played Independent Artist or Group of the YearCarly Rae JepsenWon
Video of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Best-Selling Independent Release of the YearKissNominated
Female Artist of the YearCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Pop Artist or Group of the YearCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Most Follow Artist of the YearCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Shorty AwardsSingerCarly Rae JepsenPending
CelebrityCarly Rae JepsenPending
MusicCarly Rae JepsenPending
CanadaCarly Rae JepsenPending
World Music AwardsWorld's Best Song"Call Me Maybe"Pending
World's Best Video"Call Me Maybe"Pending
World's Best Female ArtistCarly Rae JepsenPending
Juno AwardSingle of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Won
Album of the YearKissWon
Pop Album of the YearKissWon
Artist of the YearCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Fan Choice AwardCarly Rae JepsenNominated
MTV Video Music Awards JapanBest New Artist"Call Me Maybe"Pending
Album of the YearKissPending
MuchMusic Video AwardsInternational Video of the Year By A Canadian"This Kiss"Pending
Your Fave Artist/GroupCarly Rae JepsenPending
Billboard Music AwardsTop Pop Song of the Year"Call Me Maybe"Won
Top Digital Songs ArtistCarly Rae JepsenWon
Top Digital Song"Call Me Maybe"Won
Hot 100 Song"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Top Radio Song"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Top Streaming Song"Call Me Maybe"Nominated
Top New ArtistCarly Rae JepsenNominated
Top Female ArtistCarly Rae JepsenNominated

Note: * Shared with Ryan Stewart / **Shared with Owl City

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Awards and achievements
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Nicki Minaj
Billboard Rising Star Award
2012
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Bruno Mars
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Push Act
2012
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Bruno Mars
Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Breakout Artist
2012
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Hot Chelle Rae
American Music Award for Old Navy New Artist of the Year
2012
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