“Hey I just met you/And this is crazy/But here’s my number/So call me, maybe?”
As the No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the past six weeks, “Call Me Maybe” has officially been dubbed the song of summer 2012 and has launched Jepsen--with her tiny frame, big, blue eyes and girlish giggle--to international superstardom.
RedEye caught up with the Canadian artist, 26, backstage to find out about her wild rise to fame, her first full-length album scheduled for release in September and if the guy from “Call Me Maybe” ever actually called.
This has been a wild and crazy year for you. What has been your most surreal moment so far?
I would have to say Mexico City took the cake. I was playing a show there with Justin Bieber and there were 300,000 people in the audience, which is A LOT of people. [Giggles] But every day does feel like a moment where I could pinch myself. I’s all so good.
Have you ever been to Chicago before, or is this your first time here?
I have been to Chicago, but I haven’t properly explored it yet. It’s been like, here for a day and then gone the next. This visit is a little bit the same as that actually, but hopefully I can come and do a satisfying week here and really take in the city.
You’re obviously not a one-hit wonder; your new song “Good Time” with Owl City is already getting a lot of attention. However, what is your favorite one-hit wonder of all time?
[Laughs] Oh my gosh, that’s a funny question. I haven’t really thought about it to be honest. What would you say is yours?
I think some "Ice, Ice Baby" is always good.
[More giggles] I agree with you then.
I’m sure you’ve seen all of these spoofs and covers of “Call Me Maybe,” especially Cookie Monster. What Cookie Monster song would you want to cover, and how would you put your own spin on it?
I’m not too familiar with his material, but I am a big fan.
Maybe some "C is for Cookie," Carly Rae Jepsen-style? "C is for Carly"?
No, so cute. Oh my gosh, should we totally do that?
I think so!