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Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Call Me Maybe’: Singer Reveals How Justin Bieber’s Tweet Sent Her Into Pop Stratosphere

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Two months ago, Carly Rae Jepsen got a panicked call from her sister. “She was hysterically screaming into the phone ‘Justin Bieber just tweeted about your song!'” Jepsen tells AOL Music Blog. “I was like ‘What? Really? No way!’ And then I went to check it out and, in fact, he had.”

The pop idol had heard Jepsen’s insanely catchy new single “Call Me Maybe” on the radio and instantly fallen under its spell. Soon, both the Biebs and his lady friend Selena Gomez were both tweeting about their love for the song, gaining the Juno nominee and Canadian Idol alumus (she placed third in the show’s fifth season) instant international attention.

And that was only the start of Carly Rae’s whirlwind ride to almost overnight pop stardom.

“Not too long after that, we were informed by my label, 604, that [Justin] and his manager [Scooter Braun] had actually approached them and asked if we’d be interested in combining forces and spreading the music outside of Canada.”

Jepsen and her team were definitely interested, so she flew out to Los Angeles to meet with the pair and wound up signing with Braun and his Schoolboy Records label.

The ink was barely dry on the contracts before Jepsen discovered that her new label mate had another surprise in store for her. Back at home, she went on Facebook and watched a video she’d recently been tagged in. She thought the video, which featured a bunch of mustachioed fans dancing around and goofing off to “Call Me Maybe” was cute, but she didn’t really realize what was going on at first.

“It didn’t really register until halfway through. I was kind of looking at it and I was like ‘That looks a lot like Justin Bieber! That looks a lot like Selena Gomez!’ And then at the end of it, I was like ‘My goodness! This is insane!'” she laughs. “That was a total shock. A good shock, but definitely a shock.”

That video — which also features the likes of High School Musical/Hellcats star Ashley Tisdale and members of Big Time Rush — became a viral sensation, garnering over 20 million views on YouTube and rocketing “Call Me Maybe” to the top of the digital charts, the first song by a Canadian artist to do so since her new buddy Bieber accomplished it with “Baby” in 2010.

“It felt like a really welcoming gesture,” Jepsen says of the video. “We had just signed the documents not a day or two before and then they posted the video and I kind of realized how sincere they were about helping me.”

To thank him for the video tribute, Jepsen made a last-minute appearance at Justin’s 18th birthday party. “It was kind of something that was thrown my way at the last minute. Through the first verse, I’m not really aware that I’m there! And, like, halfway through the song I start to sing,” she admits. “It was a terrifying and exciting experience to be spontaneously thrown into!”

She’s also working on a duet with Bieber. “The first day I met him, he invited me to join in on a song that he had in mind for me, and we mapped it out that night. I was pleasantly surprised with just how passionate he is as a musician and how much I loved the song!” Jepsen enthuses. “I can’t even begin to explain how talented that guy is.”

She isn’t sure exactly when their track will be released, but the singer hopes it’s soon. “If I had my way, it would be out today! Yesterday!” she exclaims. “I can’t wait to share that one.”

In the meantime, she’s already back in the studio with her friend and “Call Me Maybe” co-writer Josh Ramsay of Mariana’s Trench fame, working on new pop-oriented material that she hopes will expand on the sound she discovered with her hit single. Even though her current album, Curiosity, just came out, she expects to have a new album ready for release by September. Then she’ll start planning a proper tour.

And somewhere, in all of this craziness, she might actually find a couple of minutes to catch her breath and enjoy the ride.

“There’s moments on plane rides where I’ll sit for a second and just take it all in. I’ll be looking at the clouds, thinking, ‘Life is nuts. This is so insane. I’m flying to Texas right now. I’m flying to L.A.!’ This is not something I thought would ever really be happening for me. So there’s definitely moments where I sit there and I can just feel overcome with gratitude.”

This story originally appeared May 12, 2012 on AOL Music Blog.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Is Really Justin Bieber vs. Dan Hill

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

You may think this weekend’s superfight of the centuryforevermillennium is between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but it isn’t. Not really.

It’s really about their competing musical surrogates Justin Bieber and Dan Hill.

Sarah wrote about this musical tilt for Fightland.

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Worst Canadian Songs Ever

Nickelback

Nickelback

It could be argued that if you wanted to track down the worst Canadian songs ever created you could never succeed because there’s a shimmering, evil force endlessly churning out new and horrible variants of hoser songs.

Sarah, however, considered this a challenge and attempted to determine the 50 Worst Canadian Songs.

To read the list head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.

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Top 11 Music Videos By Director X: From Drake And Bieber To Nicki And Nelly To ‘Northern Touch’

Drake

Drake

Because we’re notorious and remember that song “Northern Touch” with Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal and Thrust, when Sarah was presented with the opportunity to talk to the music video director known as X she jumped at the opportunity.

X has come a long way since churning out MuchMusic/Rap City fodder and nowadays lists folks like Justin Bieber, Drake and The Wanted on his resume.

When Sarah spoke to him they talked about select videos he’s created over the years.

To read the article head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by clicking here.

 

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Deadmau5 Blames Justin Bieber For Ruining His Campaign To Get On ‘Top Gear’

Deadmau5

Deadmau5

Last week Sarah had a moderately unpleasant interview  with EDM musician and professional mouse-head Deadmau5 in advance of this weekend’s Veld Festival.

The one bright spot in the conversation came while discussing D5’s campaign to get on British car show Top Gear and how Justin Bieber derailed his Twitter campaign to get the show’s attention.

In said story he called Justin Bieber a “little prick.”

To read the story head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by clicking here.

P.S. Pro tip: Listing the amount of money you made in your bio won’t give you artistic cred.

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20 Best Bieber Moments Of 2012

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Normally we here at Risky Fuel don’t care much either way for Justin Bieber, but when Sarah was tasked with putting together a list of the 20 best Bieber moments of 2012 everything changed.

See, if you disregard his music, just take it out of the equation entirely, and focus on only the weird and outlandish things he gets himself involved in, you’ve got some gold.

So, to read about the chrome-plated car he gave away to Sean Kingston, how disease scientists tracked his popularity like a legitimate infection, or how he vomited onstage head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by clicking here.

 

 

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Delta Let Someone Steal My Luggage And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines

Just over a week ago, someone waltzed into the baggage claim area of McCarran International Airport, yanked my suitcase from the carousel and disappeared into the night with my well-cultivated collection of dresses, cardigans, Judas Priest merchandise, and size four shoes.

Because I lack vision, I thought that this was a bad thing.

The staff at Delta Airlines, with their tough love approach to customer service, were more than willing to help me see the error of my ways. While other airlines might mollycoddle customers with profuse – and maybe even genuine – apologies for permanently losing an entire suitcase full of their worldly possessions and cash vouchers to cover any undue expenses, Delta prefers to address the very heart of the issue and offer you Important Life Lessons about materialism and the impermanence of life.

“It happens,” the woman behind the counter callously told me when I asked her if it was really possible that someone had stolen my baggage right off the carousel. And then she handed me The Bag.

At the time, I thought that the woman at the counter was being disinterested and rude because she was unprofessional. Now that I have come to understand the true power and potential of The Bag, I realize that she was probably just unable to contain her violent jealousy. And I forgive her.

The Bag is many things, you see.

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It is, to the naked eye, just an unassuming vinyl bag packed with basic amenities like a travel-sized antiperspirant, two whole cotton balls, a t-shirt, a toothbrush, and the world’s tiniest tube of toothpaste. But it’s also so much more. It is a lesson in resilience, and proof that you don’t need a whole suitcase full of ostentatious consumer goods and grown-up sized products from apothecaries to enjoy a week-long vacation or look like a decently groomed human being. It is an inspiring exercise in creativity, forcing you to Think Outside Of The Box in regards to your styling choices. Most importantly, though, it is the vessel through which I was exposed to The T-Shirt.

The T-Shirt, you see, is the most important fashion tool of all time. Whether you’re clubbing at Lavo, attending a fancy dinner at one of Vegas’s many fine dining establishments, or lounging poolside at the Wynn, it is the perfect choice. It is, in fact, the only piece of clothing that you will ever need.

Here are just a few of the looks I rocked in Las Vegas once Delta and some random ne’er-do-well freed me from the chains of my material goods.

(Apologies for my face in most of these shots. Having your luggage stolen tends to mess with your sleeping habits and it’s impossible to cover up the subsequent puffiness and mess when your makeup was in said luggage.)

The Basics

The T-Shirt can, of course, be worn as a basic, every day t-shirt.

I am tired and weary because I have not yet discovered the extent of The T-Shirt's magic.

I am tired and weary because I have not yet discovered the extent of The T-Shirt’s magic.

You can also dress it up with one of your miniature amenities. I was partial to the toothbrush.

The toothbrush alone was probably worth a good fifteen cents. Score!

The toothbrush alone was probably worth a good fifteen cents. Score!

The Basic Variations

The easiest way to sex up The T-Shirt is to let its enormous, gaping neck drift to one side and show a little clavicle. It’s Flashdance with a sleek, post-millennial twist!

What a feeling, indeed.

What a feeling, indeed.

Once you’re comfortable with that first step into the brave new world of T-Shirt fashion, you can experiment with the sleeves. Try rolling them up for a fun and flirty look!

This one's great for showing off your "I'm drowning my baggage sorrows in unlimited white whine sangria at brunch" bloat.

This one’s great for showing off your “I’m drowning my baggage sorrows in unlimited white whine sangria at brunch” bloat.

Formal Wear

 Want something a little more fancy? Whip off your pants, slap on a belt and you’ve got yourself a pretty party dress!
You can class this up even more with a pair of Walgreen's kids socks.

You can class this up even more with a pair of Walgreen’s kids socks.

Or you can slide both of your arms through the gigantic neck (this won’t even stretch it!) and tie the sleeves behind you. Suddenly, you have an adorable strapless number on your hands!

My photographer/mom made me put my pants back on after that last shot.

My photographer/mom made me put my pants back on after that last shot.

Find the sleeve bow too cutesy for your tastes? Untie it and slip the sleeves inside out for the super popular formal dress with pockets look!

Just don't put anything in them, or you'll lose your pocket contents like they're baggage on a Delta carousel!

Just don’t put anything in them, or you’ll lose your pocket contents like they’re baggage on a Delta carousel!

Or, if you prefer the whole asymmetrical thing, you can mix and match. This was a personal favourite of mine.

From the front.

From the front.

Hot pocket action.

Hot pocket action.

Retro Chic

Think you need pricey plaid or a Hypercolor shirt to be a part of the hot new ’90s revival that’s sweeping the fashion world? Think again.

Grab one end of The T-Shirt’s undulating folds and tie it to one side for a classic pre-millennial vibe.

Doesn't it make you want to throw on Dance Mix '92 and do The Running Man?

Doesn’t it make you want to throw on Dance Mix ’92 and do The Running Man?

Or you can grab the bottom edge, thread it through the neck and pull for a more obscure blast from the past. I call this one The Sophie B Hawkins, because it reminds me of that summer I spent listening to “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover,” watching 90210, and ruining the collar of my precious Vuarnet shirt trying to perfect the style.

"Damn, I Wish Delta Was My Airline (So That They Would Lose My Luggage And Give Me A T-Shirt, Too"

“Damn, I Wish Delta Was My Airline (So That They Would Lose My Luggage And Give Me A T-Shirt, Too”

Accessories 

 The T-Shirt can also be used to dress up any clothing that didn’t get stolen because you were wearing it on the plane.

Now, I didn’t actually use the Wynn’s famous golf course while I was staying there but, if I had, I would have been prepared with this playful take on the old sweater-around-the-neck standard.

"The Country Club"

“The Country Club”

As I’m a little younger and more free-spirited than the usual golf crowd, I preferred this variation. Pull both sleeves and the neck over your head for a stable and stylish cape!

I'll just let this one speak for itself.

I’ll just let this one speak for itself.

Or scoot the whole concoction around to the front for one of those stupid t-shirt scarves that the hipster kids love so much these days!

Well, they can't all be gems.

Well, they can’t all be gems.

You can also roll The T-Shirt and fashion it into an angelic headband.

Isn't this darling?

Isn’t this darling?

Or squish it into a random mess and do whatever it is I’ve got going on here.

I think I've got one of the sleeves wrapped around my head here. I really can't explain or justify the rest.

I think I’ve got one of the sleeves wrapped around my head here. I really can’t explain or justify the rest.

While The T-Shirt is the ultimate fashion tool, you shouldn’t stop that from expanding your vision to other parts of The Bag. Or even The Bag itself. Here, I’ve fashioned The Bag into a delightful pillbox hat for a classic flight attendant homage.

As a tribute to the Delta staff, I've wearing my best "I really don't care about your stolen luggage" expression.

As a tribute to the Delta staff, I’ve wearing my best “I really don’t care about your stolen luggage” expression.

Poolside

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If you were silly and frivolous enough to pack a bathing suit in your carry on, or to buy one for $15 at the nearby outlet mall, The T-Shirt also makes an excellent coverup.

Many of the dress options translate very well here. I turned The T-Shirt inside out for a slightly avant-garde touch.

If I wear a bikini, my photographer/mother no longer cares if I have pants, apparently.

If I wear a bikini, my photographer/mother no longer cares if I have pants, apparently.

You can tie one side up into various positions for a crazy touch!

Here's whatever the hell this is.

Here’s whatever the hell this is.

And then there's this. They looked different and awesome in the bathroom mirror! I swear!

And then there’s this. They looked different and awesome in the bathroom mirror! I swear!

Or you can pull the whole thing down around your waist and make yourself a skirt.

It didn't look so much like a diaper in person.

It didn’t look so much like a diaper in person.

Lingerie

Did you pack yourself something sexy for your significant other/one night playmate/girl you found on a card some guy in a hoodie gave you on the strip? Don’t despair! The T-Shirt is here to put more spice back into your life than any piece of lace, leather or mesh could ever manage.

Sexiness is mostly mental, anyway. So just put on The T-Shirt in whatever naughty permutation you prefer, hop in a giant bathtub and flash your significant other/one night playmate/girl you found on a card some guy in a hoodie gave you your best come hither look.

Or whatever the hell it is I'm doing here.

Or you can do whatever the hell it is I’m doing here.

The Next Level

 If you’re really, really cool and boundary-pushing, this is the only way to wear The T-Shirt:

Slide one leg into each sleeve, pull the bottom edge around your waist and secure. What do you have?

JUSTIN BIEBER PANTS

JUSTIN BIEBER PANTS

JUSTIN BIEBER PANTS.

JUSTIN BIEBER PANTS

JUSTIN BIEBER PANTS

You, too, can get your very own T-Shirt and embark on this stylish and rewarding journey. All you have to do is pack all of your favourite clothes and accessories into a suitcase and fly somewhere shady. Las Vegas is always a good option, seeing as how it now ranks fifth in TSA firings for theft.

And make sure that you fly Delta, because those other namby pamby airlines might try to cheat you with bogus offerings like money to compensate for your so-called inconvenience.

You’ll have to act fast if you want to stay on the cutting edge of fashion with me, though. On my last day in Vegas, I noticed that my hot new look was already catching on.

T-Shirt Mania is running wild!

T-Shirt Mania is running wild!

 

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