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Carly Rae Jepsen: The Hottest New Artist Whose Music You Can’t Buy (Yet)

You can scarcely go anyplace these days without hearing pop vocalist Carly Rae Jepsen in the background. Her extremely catchy single “Call Me Maybe” has “single”-handedly driven her to international fame, topping of the airplay and sales charts in the U.S., and going triple-platinum in her home country of Canada—and quadruple platinum in Australia. It’s the kind of song that begs us to ask: what else ya got?

Good luck with that one—at least in the United States.

Turns out “Call Me Maybe” is a single off Jepsen’s new EP Curiosity, which officially hit store shelves back in February. The problem is, if you live anywhere besides Canada, you haven’t heard any of the other songs off the album. Why? Because while “Call Me Maybe” is available as a download pretty much everywhere, Curiosity is only available in Canada.

How curious. (Oh, come on. You knew that was coming.)

So why the delay? Why let everyone get so stoked about this one song, but only do a Canada release of the album itself? Don’t Jepsen’s people know there are millions of people just south of the border (and apparently plenty of folks in Australia) who would pay good money to hear the rest of her record? Don’t they want our money? (I mean, I know it’s not the Euro, but still.)

Carly Rae Jepsen is one of those artists whose fame has been a little slow in coming. She first got attention as a third runner-up on Canadian Idol in 2007, then shortly afterward released an album, Tug of War (which ironically you can get on iTunes). But any fame she had earlier pales in comparison to the attention she’s received from “Call Me Maybe.” And small wonder: it’s definitely bubble-gum pop, and nothing groundbreaking about it—but man, what a hook.

So when do we get to hear the rest of it? No word on that so far. So for now, we Americans are only left with “Call Me Maybe” (which, let’s face it, is gonna get old at some point). I guess they’re just going to keep stringing us along until our, um, curiosity is piqued for Curiosity.

 


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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