Since reaching the Top 3 on “Canadian Idol” in 2007, songstress Carly Rae Jepsen rocketed to stardom in 2011 with a catchy sing-along, “Call Me Maybe,” that’s now a bonafide piece of 21st century pop culture. The single’s international success and 400 million-plus YouTube views are largely due to ticket-selling titan Justin Bieber, who talked up the single on social media and eventually offered to share his manager, Scooter Braun. The rest, as they say, is history.
Jepsen’s first international foray, the six-song EP “Curiosity,” peaked interest in 2012 and earned loose comparisons to dance-pop superstars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Just a few months later, the Canadian pop star unleashed the full-length “Kiss,” featuring production by Dallas Austin, Josh Ramsay and Redfoo, as well as guest vocals from Bieber himself. Jepsen opened concerts throughout the U.S. and parts of Europe on Bieber’s “Believe” tour before spreading her own wings to headline club and theater performances nationwide.