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Carly Rae Jepsen

Earning global success with "Call Me Maybe," Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen spent her formative years absorbing pop culture in her hometown of Mission, British Columbia.

After attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2007 Jepsen competed in the fifth season of Canadian Idol, ultimately winning third place and performing in the show's nationwide tour. By 2008, she had moved to Vancouver and released her debut LP, Tug of War, which featured a cover of John Denver's 1974 hit ballad "Sunshine on My Shoulders." Three years later, Jepsen's single "Call Me Maybe," which drew from dance-pop and disco, attained worldwide commercial success: it topped the Canadian, U.S., and U.K. charts as well as those of 18 other countries, racked up over 700 million views on YouTube, and won a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year. The Curiosity EP, which featured "Call Me Maybe," followed in early 2012. That June, the Owl City duet "Good Time" arrived and peaked at number eight on the Billboard charts. Jepsen's second album, Kiss, appeared in September 2012. It debuted in the Top Ten in Canada and the U.S. and won Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year Juno Awards a year later. Jepsen began work on her third album in early 2013, collaborating with producers Josh Ramsay, Ryan Stewart, and Max Martin on songs inspired by '80s pop and folk. In early 2014, she began a 12-week run as the lead role in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. She returned with new music in March 2015 with "I Really Like You," which became another Top 40 hit. Featuring collaborations with songwriters including Sia, Devonté Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid and producers such as Mattman & Robin and Greg Kurstin, her third full-length E-MO-TION arrived that August. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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