Call Me Maybe ruled the charts

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Music - – Ken­neth Chaw

IT seems like just yes­ter­day when Call Me Maybe took the world by storm. Well, it’s been five years ac­tu­ally.

On Aug 11, 2012, the mas­sive ear­worm by Cana­dian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen hit No. 1 on the Bill­board Hot 100 charts for the eighth week (it topped the charts for nine con­sec­u­tive weeks in to­tal).

What’s in­ter­est­ing is Call Me

Maybe was orginally writ­ten as a folk song by Jepsen and Tav­ish Crowe un­til Mar­i­anas Trench lead vo­cal­ist Josh Ram­say mod­i­fied it into a pop song.

The song, which cap­tures the feel­ing of hav­ing a crush on some­one you’ve just met for the first time, was a huge ca­reer break­through for Jepsen. The 31-year-old singer got her start in show­biz af­ter com­ing in third on Cana­dian

Idol in 2007. The fol­low­ing year, she re­leased her de­but folk al­bum Tug Of War, which was mod­estly re­ceived.

Call Me Maybe slowly crept into radio air­waves af­ter its ini­tial re­lease in Septem­ber 2011. With a lit­tle help from Justin Bieber, who gushed about the song in a tweet (“Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is pos­si­bly the catchi­est song I’ve ever heard lol.”), the song even­tu­ally be­came the best­selling song of 2012 and hit No. 1 in 18 coun­tries.

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