Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well. I guess I am doing a little better, although I still feel sad and a little under the weather. One thing that can really put a smile on my face and lift my mood is music, or music-related news. A few weeks ago I loaded up YouTube and saw that Carly Rae Jepsen had released a few singles. This put such a huge smile on my face. It is also important to note that I was seriously suicidal around this time. I remember listening to the singles and I was just incredibly happy that Carly was back. Although I am a little late to the party, for today’s blog post I want to talk about the new singles as well as talk about how I came to love Carly Rae and her music so much.
Call Me What???
The year was 2011, and I was in high school in Zambia at the time. It must have been the first semester of the 11th Grade. It was probably recess and my friends and I were just hanging out as usual. I do not know how the conversation started, but I remember a friend of mine talking about ‘bad’ songs. I think I asked him why the song he was talking about was so bad. He then turned to me and was like, “Kojo, the chorus of the song goes “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me maybe.” I laughed because I thought the lyrics were ridiculous and made no sense whatsoever. I thought to myself, “Call me maybe… is her name ‘Maybe?'” I laughed out loud at how ridiculous that sounded.
I went home and was doing my homework, and I remembered that my friend had said. I listened to the other ‘bad’ songs that were mentioned. I thought they were okay but they did not leave a big impression on me, negative or positive. I then googled the lyrics to the “call me maybe” song and was surprised to find out the song was actually called “Call Me Maybe.” I laughed as I clicked on the music video. I was prepared to laugh at how terrible the song was, but I was completely unprepared for what was about to happen.
I absolutely enjoyed the song, and I also enjoyed the music video. “Call Me Maybe” is a fun, bouncy pop track with playful and relate-able lyrics about falling in love. I love this song, and I have no shame in admitting that this song is one of my favorite songs of all time. This song brought Carly Rae worldwide recognition and received many accolades, including two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. “Call Me Maybe” was the best-selling record of 2012, selling over 12 million records in that year, and is currently the seventh best-selling digital record of all time. “Call Me Maybe” is such a huge song that it is reportedly the best selling single of the century by a female artist. Wow! Everyone has heard the song before, probably millions of times, but you can check it out below if you want to take a trip down memory lane. You know you want to.
The Era of Emotion
After the incredible success of “Call Me Maybe” and the release of her 2012 album Kiss, Carly Rae seemingly fell of the map, and many people felt she could never live up to the success of her breakout single. This caused a lot of people, at least in my opinion, to forget about her. Fast-forward to the year 2015. I was in my second year of university. Carly Rae released her third album, Emotion, on 24 June 2015. I do not remember exactly how it happened, but I remember that my former roommate, Mali, and I listened to the album and fell madly in love with it. In my opinion, Emotion is one of the greatest Pop albums of all time. I truly, truly, truly love this album. I can go in depth with the entire album but I fear that this blog post is too long already. Maybe another time.
Instead of bringing her more popularity, Emotion did something that many people feel was much better for her career: it gained her a cult following, and a huge and dedicated one at that. The album was critically acclaimed and cemented her as an amazing artist, and one to be reckoned with. Fun fact: I could have gone to see Carly Rae when she came to South Africa in October of 2015, but I had practice that Saturday for a concert I was going to perform in. I was going to go to see Carly Rae with my former roommate Mali but I could not make it. Here is the kicker: the concert I was supposed to perform in got cancelled. To this day I beat myself up every chance I get because I could have gotten an autographed album from one of my favorite artists, but I did not. I guess everything happens for a reason. If you want to get a taste of Emotion check out “Your Type,” one of my favorite tracks from the album, below.
The Return of Princess Carly Rae
That was a lot of meaningless backstory. I sincerely apologize. I wanted to talk about the new singles, but I ended up going on a complete and pointless tangent. Welcome to my blog, haha. We now find ourselves in the present day. At the end of February Carly Rae dropped two brand new singles from her upcoming fourth studio album Dedicated: “No Drug Like Me” and “Now That I Found You.”
“No Drug Like Me” is a smooth and sensual track that sees Jepsen sing about opening up to your significant other and sharing your thoughts and feelings with each other in order for the relationship to blossom. The chorus is infectiously catchy, the vocals are sultry and excellent and the production is slow but rhythmic, making this a perfect track for people to slow dance to. “Now That I Found You” sees Carly Rae turning up the fun and craziness to the highest. Jepsen sings about how head-over-heels in love she is with her significant other. The song feels incredibly lively, thanks to the brilliant production. The chorus is absolutely fantastic and the vocals are just brilliant. I am not going to lie; when I first heard this song, I thought it was just okay. A few days ago, as I was listening to it again, I just found myself dancing in my seat and singing along to the lyrics. I have grown to adore this song in such a short space of time. I can not wait for Dedicated to drop on May 17. So far Jepsen has released a video for only “Now That I Found You,” and it is incredibly cute, adorable, silly and fun. If you have not heard the singles yet, I implore you to do so below.
Thank you all for reading. I truly appreciate it, more than you know. If I am honest, have been getting disillusioned with this blog and what exactly I am doing with it and why I should continue if it is not going anywhere. I will still continue to write on it though. I really wanted to share my thoughts on this topic, and I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will see you all in the next blog post.