With her chart-topping single "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen has made the transition from mild fame in her native Canada to worldwide fame. At the party for her new album Kiss, a few of her cohorts chimed in on why Jepsen has become a mega pop sensation.
"She was found on YouTube, so I think that she put herself out there and she wrote her songs, and I think she's just unique to who she is," said musician and Pretty Little Liars actress Tammin Sursok. "I think that's really important to...owning who you are...I think she's awesome."
Teen pop singer Cody Simpson, who is set to release his first studio album in October, put it simply, "She's unique [and] obviously has amazing music, which is the most important thing."
The 26-year-old Jepsen officially released her famous single exactly a year from today, but it didn't truly gain worldwide notice until early 2012, when fellow Canadian Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez raved about the track on Twitter.
Within a month, the British Colombia native met with Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun, and was signed to Interscope and Braun's School Boy Records, which houses Bieber and recently signed "Gangnam Style" rapper, Psy. Jepsen reflected on the monumental year she has had.
"This whole year has felt sort of like a dream, actually," she told ETonline at her Bootsy Bellows CD launch party, where DJ Devin Lucien spun a remixed version of Call Me Maybe. "I can remember wanting this my whole life and looking back at it, it feels like six years, not just one. It's pretty amazing and tonight's kind of a great way to head it off right and celebrate."
Now flaunting worldwide fame that includes over 262 million YouTube views for the music video for "Call Me Maybe," which was released on March 1, Jepsen will join Bieber's massive worldwide Believe tour that begins next week.
"I'm so looking forward to that tour," she said of opening for Bieber alongside The Wanted and Cody Simpson. "'Kiss' is an album I've been working at for a while and to be able to play those songs live is probably the most exciting thing to date."
Carly Rae Jepsen's Kiss is now in stores.