Carly Rae Jepsen pretty much set the pop world on fire with “Call Me Maybe” and then reportedly went broke. Well, it looks like she’s gonna be okay after all, because her new single (“I Really Like You”) is out and the video stars Mr. Tom Hanks (with an appearance from that douche, Justin Bieber). In the video, Hanks lip-synchs and walks around NYC. And yes, it’s just as bizarre as it sounds. I mean, at one point, Hanks tells Jepsen that he’s pregnant.
I think you just have to watch the video to get the full effect:
So how did this come about? According to Rolling Stone, the two met at Scooter Braun’s wedding (he’s Justin Bieber’s manager). Braun then arranged for Hanks to be in the video. Jepsen recounts,
“Scooter was telling the story [of the video] to Tom over dinner, and Tom apparently said ‘Why not me? Why didn’t you ask me?” Jepsen told Access Hollywood. “I got a call three days before Christmas from Scoots being like ‘Do you think Tom Hanks would do?’”
And here we are. What do you think of the video? Will this help Jepsen get back on top?
We’ll always remember Carly Rae Jepsen‘s worldwide hit, ‘Call Me Maybe’. It was actually on the radio when I was in the car the other day! We’ll never forget – and she’ll probably always get a few pennies per play in residuals. But that ain’t enough to keep the lights on, and apparently Carly is broke as shit now and having to pawn her stuff for cash.
This very recent one hit wonder was in a NYC pawn shop yesterday trying to get money for a bag she paid $25K for. When the pawn shop said they don’t loan money on bags because they could be fake, the foreign born singer begged them to at least give her a couple of thousand. They said no so she eventually gave them a piece of jewelry to get the money she needed.
Carly Rae Jepsen
I never really call BS on CDAN because they’re always pretty spot on and their stuff does come from actual reliable sources. Let’s not forget that homegirl hasn’t had a hit since that ‘Good Time’ song with Owl City, and that cost them $800,000 in plagiarism costs, so…
Owl City fucking sucks, man. The dude literally must’ve listened to Deathcab For Cutie/Postal Service until it’s all he could hear in his mind and then just went out and impersonated it for an entire record and yet NO ONE called him out for this. His entire artistry is based on plagiarism, so it’s no surprise that ‘Good Time’, that song that featured Carly Rae Jepsen and got stuck in everyone’s heads to the point where we wanted to jump out of our windows, was actually a copy of another song.
Songwriter Ally Burnett filed a lawsuit saying that ‘Good Time’ was a rip-off of her own song, ‘Ah, It’s a Love Song’, which was written way earlier. Turns out, a judge actually agreed with her and now ‘Good Time’s royalties company, BMI, has been ordered to pay $804,156 in compensation to Ally. Jackpot!
Give a listen to Ally’s song and then Owl City’s – do you think they sound the same? I sure hope so, because the entire chorus line is blatantly pulled from Ally’s song (which isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be before listening):
Cinderella has been incredibly successful on Broadway, and who better to play the glass-shoed princess but… Carly Rae Jepsen? That’s right, she’s outgrown her Ariel phase and has moved on to the next fairy tale character. She’ll take on the lead role in the Rodgers & Hammerstein production starting in February. Exciting!
Carly is taking over the role from Laura Osnes for 12 weeks, which isn’t that long of a run, but ah well. She started her career doing musicals at her school growing up, so this should be somewhat familiar territory for her. Here’s what she had to say (tweet) about it:
I am going to be playing Cinderella on Broadway starting Feb. 4th!
Carly Rae Jepsen may have lots of talents (well…) but throwing a baseball isn’t one. She threw the opening pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays’ game against the Houston Astros… well, tried to throw. Things didn’t really go too well, as you can see above. I mean, I don’t expect her to be a top baseball star, but who can’t toss a ball?
I’m sure everyone had a nice laugh at this and Carly was pretty embarrassed. And now it’s immortalized in gif form! Gotta love it.
Carly Rae Jepsen is a bit of an enigma in that I have no idea how she thinks her career has any longevity about it. Sure, ‘Call Me Maybe’ was a runaway hit and she did that stupid song with the Ben Gibbard rip-off that is Owl City, but beyond that… no. In any case, apparently Disney thinks she’s worth investing in because they’re letting her cover ‘Part of Your World’ for the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray and DVD release of The Little Mermaid later this year.
Oh, brother. First of all, why in the hell does this song need a cover? I don’t really have a second of all, besides maybe “Why Carly Rae Jepsen?” but I think number one is the most important thing here. So unnecessary.
In any case, Carly has taken the song to heart, I guess, and she’s now a redhead. Sorry, it’s a slow news day.
Ke$ha showed us her butt on the red carpet at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards so it seemed unlikely that anyone could top that awful WTF-ery, and yet, it was managed. Who did it? Click to find out. But first (pun intended), Jennifer Morrison’s butt: