It’s official. Carly Rae Jepsen is back!!! After dismal chart performances for her singles after “Call Me Maybe,” many critics were placing the Canadian singer in the dreaded ‘one hit wonder’ category. Rightfully so.
If this doesn’t put the 29-year-old singer back on top of the charts, nothing will. “I Really Like You” is pure pop magic. It’s by far her best offering since her breakout single.
Co-written by hitmaker Max Martin, “I Really Like You” is the lead cut off Jepsen’s forthcoming album. The comeback single is being universally praised by several publications. Stereogum praises it as “absolute top-shelf bubble-froth” while Billboard calls it “a breathless 80’s banger.”
The video which features cameos from Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber should be dropping shortly. Give “I Really Like You” a listen below. I guarantee you’ll really, really, really like it.
Carly Rae Jepsen will most likely never reach the heights of “Call Me Maybe.” Both “This Kiss” and “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” were solid followups but failed to do any damage on the Billboard charts or on radio. According to her PR team though, her forthcoming single is as good or even better than “Call Me Maybe.” Talk about high expectations.
Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Canadian singer was spotted filming the music video on the streets of Soho, New York City. Joining her were Justin Bieber (not surprising) and Oscar winner Tom Hanks (talk about random.) Who knew that Hanks and her were such good buddies? I’m thinking Tom owes someone in Jepsen’s camp a huge favor ;)
Based on the short snippet, “I Really Like You,” has potential. It definitely has a catchy hook. Give it a sample below, along with getting a glimpse of Tom Hanks showing off his dance moves.
With “Royals,” Lorde became the youngest artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Tiffany. She’s accomplished another impressive feat. By spending a ninth week on top of the prestigious chart, the Kiwi singer joins an elite group of women. On a side note, the longest-running hit of 2013 is still Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” which spent 12 weeks on top. Find out Lorde’s achievement below.
Perhaps, this is why Carly Rae Jepsen became a redhead recently. Talk about method singing. Clearly it worked, because she sounds great covering “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid.
The 27-year-old Canadian singer recorded a version of the classic Disney tune for the Diamond Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic animated flick. Her signature cutesy vocals work perfectly for this. I can see Disney tapping her for future musicals. Check out her cover below.
She’s been behind some of the biggest hits in recent memory. In only makes sense that Bonnie McKee forge a recording career of her own. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter debuted the music video for “American Girl” and enlisted a few of her famous friends to lip sync for their lives.
Naturally, Katy Perry appears in the clip prominently considering McKee co-penned four of her No. 1 hits- “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “California Gurls,” and “Part of Me.” Also making a cameo are other artists she’s written for including Adam Lambert (“Chokehold”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Ke$ha (“C’Mon”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Turn Me Up”).
Too bad Britney Spears (“Hold It Against Me”), Kelly Clarkson (“Hello”), Christina Aguilera (“Let There Be Love”) and Rita Ora (“How We Do (Party)” didn’t show up in the video. Oh well, there isn’t a shortage of familiar names “singing” her lyrics. Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police crew, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, George Takei, Nicole Scherzinger, Jewel and her hubby Ty Murray, Macklemore and plenty other randoms make an appearance. Check out the clip below.
And then there were two. After weeks of competition, we’re finally at the Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak, to crown the Season 12 winner. Kree Harrison and Candice Glover face off for one final time. One of them will be the first female American Idol winner since Season 6′s Jordin Sparks. In fact, it’s the first all-female finale since Season 3 when Fantasia beat Diana DeGarmo. Barrino got a reality show and DeGarmo got Ace Young ;) Who’s the real winner?
Each lady sang three songs apiece- Simon Fuller’s pick, their potential coronation song and their favorite performance. Even though Kree won the coin toss, she elected to go first. Silly girl. It’s all about the last spot. Minus the unnecessary Carly Rae Jepsen performance (couldn’t they wait til the results show), it was a solid night. Check out all the performances below and be sure to weigh in on who should win.
Scooter Braun must have Nicki Minaj on his speed dial. As Justin Bieber’s manager, he enlisted Queen Barb on “Beauty and The Beat.” He now has the 30-year-old rapper assisting another Canadian pop star. This time around, Carly Rae Jepsen is the beneficiary of Minaj’s lyrical prowess.
“Tonight I’m Getting Over You” hasn’t exactly blazed up the charts. Scooter seems to think the one-two combo of Carly Rae and Nicki on the track will dominate the airwaves. “Whenever girls do songs about getting over men, they seem to do really well,” he said. Someone’s been reading the Taylor Swift guide to pop dominance.
I’m probably in the minority here, but I enjoy Nicki and her rhymes. With that being said, I feel her addition to Carly’s track is unnecessary and doesn’t really give it new life. Don’t take my word for it. Take a listen below.
Who is Matthew Koma? Besides being Carly Rae Jepsen’s boyfriend, he’s a singer-songwriter in his own write. In fact, he produced three songs on Jepsen’s Kiss album. He’s now ready to step into the spotlight. The Interscope recording artist released the first single from his forthcoming debut album, Arcadia.
“One Night” is a sugary playful tale about a one night stand gone sour. DRAMA! It’s the type of electronic pop that just screams summer jam. At certain times, he sorta reminds me of Mika. Cameron Duddy directed the clip filmed at a small town fair. Duddy is a favorite of Bruno Mars. He directed “The Lazy Song,”"Locked Out of Heaven,” and “When I Was Your Man” for the singer.
“Growing up in the ‘90s, videos didn’t always have to be a high art sort of thing,” Koma says. “Sometimes, they were fun. And I always found myself more attracted to artists who had an element of not taking everything they did too seriously. I’m not one of the most serious people on planet Earth. The video was fun and felt good.” – Matthew Koma
Feel good indeed. In addition to playing on stage, Koma also appears in the clip in disguise. See if you can point him out. After watching the clip, you can clearly see why Carly Rae and him are dating. They definitely have very similar tastes when making music and videos. Watch it out below.