Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen’s music video “Call Me Maybe” comes from the single released to iTunes on February 22, 2012. It is also featured as the first single from the EP “Curiosity” and will be included on her new album “Kiss,” which is set for release on September 18. The music video was released on March 1, 2012 on YouTube and stars Carly Rae Jepsen, the members of her band, and Holden Nowell, who plays the gorgeous boy next door and Jepsen’s love interest. The video was filmed in Canada and was directed by Ben Knechtel.
The song is about a girl who instantly falls for someone she just met. She can’t believe it happened so suddenly and doesn’t know if she enjoys the situation, but she can’t get the person out of her mind. So she takes a chance, gives the person her number, and asks the person to call her. Although not directly portraying the lyrics of the song, the music video does tackle the struggles of love through an untraditional take on the “boy meets girl” genre. Jepsen is a girl smitten with the guy next door and constantly watches and fantasizes about him. With the encouragement of her band mates she attempts to get him to notice her, but is unsuccessful until her awkwardness puts her in an embarrassing situation. She thinks she has finally succeeded, so she writes down her number to give to him, but while she’s writing he goes over to meet the band members. The video ends with a stunned Jepsen looking at her love interest giving his number to one of her band mates, who is also a man.
The commercial success of “Call Me Maybe” is attributed to Justin Bieber, who tweeted about the song and, in collaboration with Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and the members of Big Time Rush, posted a parody video of the song on YouTube. The video immediately went viral and brought the song to the attention of American viewers and producers. The song currently has over 73 million online downloads, and the music video was VEVO certified on June 8, 2012, which means that it has received over 100 million views on YouTube.