Bieber protege Carly Rae Jepsen is blown away by her worldwide success, writes Kathy Mccabe
Q: It must be crazy chasing the success of Call Me Maybe around the world. When you wrote it, what was your biggest hope? A: Oh my goodness, the song was written by myself and my two good friends Josh Ramsay and Tavish Crowe and I think we all felt special about this song, but I can’t say any of us imagined this. I mean, how could you? It’s been quite the adventure one little song has taken us on. Q: Call Me Maybe is out there, it’s doing its business in Canada and then something else happens. For those living under rocks, explain the Justin Bieber effect. A: It’s still kind of shocking to me. Basically, the stars aligned in that Justin Bieber came home for Christmas at the same time that Call Me Maybe was released to radio and he heard the song and just started tweeting about it. I was really glad he dug the song. Q: Canadians united? A: Yeah, it was a great feeling. Every week something started to happen, he would post a picture or a video. Eventually Scooter Braun, Justin’s manager, contacted my label in Canada and realised I was signed there, but not in the rest of the world. He said: ‘‘ Let’s show this song to everyone’’. Q: What were you doing when you saw the fan video that Justin and Selena Gomez made? A: I was chilling at my home in Vancouver, talking to my mum on the phone and checking Facebook. Then on comes this video. I had seen a couple of fan videos before, so I was just watching it for fun when halfway through, I thought: ‘‘ That guy looks a lot like Justin Bieber’’ and then: ‘‘ That girl looks like Selena Gomez’’. I had to sit down. I told Mum I had to go and I watched it a few more times before I realised that some of the biggest pop stars in the world had spent some time just jamming out to my song. It was really exciting and the effect that it has had on my career and my life has been amazing. It has completely transformed the game for me. Q: And here you are No. 1 on the Australian singles chart for the past five weeks. It must be mind- blowing to realise the power that video has now to create success. A: This whole experience has rejuvenated that hope in me that this can be a bit of a fairytale life. I think you can always bank on one thing to turn out for you. I am lucky enough that this twist happened to me. The really great thing about all of this is that it was led by the song’s fans, not just the famous ones. Seeing that fans from countries I haven’t even visited are making their videos and that has sparked this online love is really very encouraging.
At the end of the day, it’s not going to work if it’s not a good song.