Carly Rae Jepsen leaves reporter on hold

Reporter with unrequited interview trying to get over Canadian pop singer; she’s set to sing at fair for everyone else

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.comSeptember 20, 2013 

When Carly Rae Jepsen says “Call Me Maybe,” she really means it.

The Canadian pop singer hit it big in 2012 with the infectious “Call Me Maybe.” Along with Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” they were the longest-running No. 1 singles of the year. Both spent nine consecutive weeks on top of the chart.

Tonight, Jepsen be performing at the Washington State Fair. Hot Chelle Rae opens for her.

So in July when I got word that Jepsen would be calling me for a phone interview, I immediately got to work with research. For Jepsen, who came out of nowhere with her hit, that meant watching countless YouTube videos of every group imaginable lip-synching to her song.

Watching one is amusing. The second is tedious. After the third, I wanted to stick pencils in my ears.

Something about the song clearly inspires otherwise sane people to perform embarrassing renditions and post them online. Type “Call Me Maybe Cover” and YouTube will deliver 395,000 videos by Olympic swimmers, the Harvard baseball team, Katy Perry, Donald Trump, Tay “Chocolate Rain” Zonday and Jimmy Fallon. Fallon’s – with Jepsen herself – was pretty good. But the most famous was with fellow pop sensations Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Jepsen owes Bieber big time. After hearing the song on a visit home to Canada, he tweeted about it and made it an instant hit. Such is the Oprah-like power of the Bieb.

And then there are the military videos. Our men and women in uniform were particularly taken with the song. Dozens of videos feature U.S. forces lip-syncing to the song while stacking sandbags at desert outposts, dancing in cargo planes and wielding rifles. Even former Secretary of State Colin Powell was caught on camera singing it.

The U.S. military was so busy making “Call Me Maybe” videos in 2012, the Canadian army could have invaded without firing a shot.

At this point I know what you are thinking. Canada has an army?

Yes. And Jepsen is clearly its secret weapon.

Jepsen must have got wind I was on to her hypnotic powers. At first, I was told she would call me between 3 and 4 p.m. on a Friday in early July. No maybe about it. Then word came from her manager that the interview was being postponed and could I provide some times in the next two weeks when I was free?

I cleared my schedule and waited by the phone. OK, I put the phone in my pocket.

But it was all in vain. Not a call, email or text. Two months later and I’m still waiting.

Call me, Carly. Maybe?

Carly Rae Jepsen

With: Hot Chelle Rae

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Washington State Fair

Tickets: $20-$50

Information: 888-559-3247, thefair.com, carlyraemusic.com

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 craig.sailor@thenewstribune.com

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