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Call Me Maybe

Carly Rae Jepsen

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In an Interview with Kidd Kraddick ‘In The Morning’, Carly spoke about the song’s origins: “Tavish and me were on the road actually and we were just jamming it out, like a little acoustic thing and we thought it was cute. Then we showed it to Josh and he was like ‘We gotta make this a dance song’ and I said ‘OK!’”
Carly was asked by MTV News if she asks a cute boy out just like the girl in her song, and she replied: “I generally just play eyes at a guy and hope he comes and approaches me, but in this particular instance I was thinking this is how I would do it.” When Jepsen was asked if she expected the huge success that ‘Call me Maybe’ achieved, she told Artist Direct: “When you write a bunch of songs, it’s like being asked to pick a favorite kid. You wonder what will be loved and which will just be my own little journal entry that I personally like. It was a surprise that it took off the way it did, but a welcome surprise. I think how it was written it was a folk song to begin with, and how it is about trying to pick up a guy. It is simple and feels good, and I am a romantic at heart. I like the idea of being in the moment of meeting someone, feeling that buzz and that feeling of attraction that you act on. You have to be spontaneous and brave. I have never been brave enough to ask for his number, but that’s how I would do it if I was.”

Release date

Released September 20, 2011


Carly Rae Jepsen – Josh Ramsay – Tavish Crowe


604 – Schoolboy – Interscope

Chart Rankings

The worldwide smash hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ made Jepsen the best selling artist of 2012. The song was the best-selling single of 2012, with over 12.5 million copies sold worldwide and 18 million streams that year. The music video of ‘Call me Maybe’ was also the most viewed clip on Vevo in 2012, with over 360 million views. In Jepsen’s home country of Canada, the song peaked at number 1 on the Canadian Hot 100, and was certified 8 times Platinum. In the US, it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and the US Mainstream Top 40. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it 9 times Platinum for sales over 7.6 million copies. In the UK, ‘Call me Maybe’ peaked at number 1 on the Official Charts Company and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 1.4 million copies. The song topped the charts in several countries, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Venezuela. It also reached the top 10 charts in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. It Australia, it was certified 9 times Platinum; in Venezuela and Sweden it was certified Quadruple Platinum. In Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland, it was certified Triple Platinum. In Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, it was certified Double Platinum. In Austria, Belgium and Denmark, it was certified Platinum, and in France it was certified Diamond.

Artist’s age on release date

Carly Rae Jepsen was 26 years when she released this song.

Cover Versions

Stacks of Wax featuring Nick Wells – The Chipettes – Sesame Workshop featuring Cookie Monster – Tribute Team – Hit Masters – Fun – Ben Howard – James Franco & Colin Powell – Kelly Clarkson – Glee cast – The X Factor Australia finalists – MacKenzie Bourg (The Voice) – Girls Aloud – The Radioactive Chicken Heads – Postmodern Jukebox – Weird Al Yankovic


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