President Barrack Obama, Manny Pacquiao, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Solenn Heusaff, Raymond Gutierrez and the UAAP Season 75 — What do they possibly all have in common? — A music video dancing and/or lip synching to Carly Rae Jepsen’s highly infectious tune, “Call Me Maybe”. If you haven’t heard this song yet then perhaps you’ve been living under a rock!
Canadian singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen rose to fame with her single, “Call Me Maybe”, claiming the No. 1 spot in the Digital Chart — the first song by a Canadian artist to reach the top of the digital chart since Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in January 2010. It also recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. “Call Me Maybe” has sold over 3.2 million singles and spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Certified quintuple-platinum in Jepsen’s native Canada (where it hit No. 1), the track is also an international sensation, climbing to No. 1 in the iTunes Singles charts in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and more. Moreover, it has also dominated Philippine charts, reaching No. 1 in local radio stations such as Magic 89.9, Love Radio 90.7, Big 91.5, RX 93.1, 93.9 i-FM, Mellow 94.7, 95.5 Pinas FM, 97.1, LS FM, 97.9 Home, 99.5 RT, 101.1 Yes FM, Tambayan 101.9, 102.7 Star, Wow 103.5, Energy 106.7 and Win 107.5 among others.
The irresistibly catchy song’s ascent is fueled in part by its videos. The official video has racked up more than 105 million views on VEVO, while an unofficial clip — which Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and other young stars filmed of themselves lip-synching and dancing to the song and posted on Big Time Rush actor and singer Carlos Pena’s YouTube Channel. It has attracted more than 42 million views and has inspired other stars get in on the action. Katy Perry, actor James Franco, the Harvard Baseball team, SMU Women’s Rowing team and more have all posted their own versions of “Call Me Maybe.” Joining in the fun is a parody of US President Barrack Obama’s speech which was cleverly edited to look as though he’s singing the song. At the same time, the video gimmick was picked up locally when Manila’s ‘IT Girl’ Solenn Heusaff also lip dubbed the song with friends Raymond Gutierrez, Liz Uy and Anne Curtis among others, making the video go viral online.
Carly Rae Jepsen may seem like a newcomer in the music biz but she has already scored two previous gold singles and received numerous awards, including 2010 Juno Award nominations for “Songwriter of the Year” and “Best New Artist” as well as a 2010 MuchMusic Video Award nomination for “UR Fave New Artist.” She has sold more than 400,000 singles in her home country. She is set to release her debut album this September. With all these accolades, indeed, “Call Me Maybe” deserves to be hailed as the BIGGEST HIT of 2012.