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Friday
Mar012013

Train Responds to Online Petition Denouncing Boy Scouts' Ban on Gays

Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After over 3,000 people signed an online petition urging musical acts Train and Carly Rae Jepsen to denounce the Boy Scouts of America's national ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders, Train issued a statement Friday urging the organization to end their national ban on gay membership.

Gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance launched a petition on Change.org Thursday. Train and Carly Rae Jepsen are slated to perform at the Boy Scouts of America's 2013 National Jamboree. In Train's statement, they said they would not perform unless the organization ends its national ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders.

“When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization,” Train said in the statement posted to their website. “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.”

Carly Rae Jepsen has not yet responded to the petition or requests from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

"I'm thrilled that my petition brought the Boy Scouts' hurtful anti-gay policy to Train's attention," Nance said."More than 3,000 people are wondering, will Carly Rae Jepsen do the same?"

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Friday
Nov092012

Carly Rae Jepsen Accused in Lawsuit of Ripping Off "Call Me Maybe"

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- A Ukrainian singer is calling Carly Rae Jepsen a thief.

According to TMZ.com, the singer, known as Aza, is claiming in a new lawsuit that her song, “Hunky Santa,” was the inspiration for Carly’s mega-hit “Call Me Maybe.” She seeks unspecified damages in the suit, which also names Carly and Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun.

Aza tells TMZ, "I'm shocked and surprised that these people wanted to sample my lyrics on their song. They didn't ask me for permission, they just took it.”

Carly’s rep denies the allegation to TMZ, saying, "This is completely false and [Carly's] lawyers will deal with this. Everyone knows [Carly] is a songwriter. She is not spending a lot of time listening to Ukrainian radio."

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Thursday
Sep062012

Song of the Summer: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Carly Rae Jepsen had everyone from Cookie Monster to Colin Powell singing "Call Me Maybe" this summer. With 5.5 million downloads sold and nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.com announced Thursday that the catchy hit is the official "Song of the Summer."

Now Jepsen, with her mega-hit single, is up for Best New Artist at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. Jepsen's competition includes Frank Ocean for "Swim Good," One Direction for "What Makes You Beautiful," the Wanted for "Glad You Came" and Fun, featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young."

Best New Artist is one of two categories that fans can vote for. The other is Most Share-Worthy Video, which Jepsen is also competing for with "Call Me Maybe," which she co-wrote.

"I think she is certainly a favorite to win," Andy Greene, associate editor at Rolling Stone, told ABC News. "It was the song of the summer, and it was crazily catchy. Even people who don't really like pop couldn't resist it, and it was just inescapable."

Jepsen was introduced to the music world in 2007 when she finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. She is ecstatic about the nomination and the success of her hit song.

"I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life's just taken off in a completely different direction," she told MTV. "Moments like that just let it really sink in. It's crazy."

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Wednesday
Sep052012

Moonman Maybe? Carly Rae Jepsen Up for Best New Artist at VMAs

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Carly Rae Jepsen had everyone from Cookie Monster to Colin Powell singing "Call Me Maybe" this summer. Now Jepsen, with her mega-hit single, is up for Best New Artist at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards.

Jepsen's competition includes Frank Ocean for "Swim Good," One Direction for "What Makes You Beautiful," The Wanted for "Glad You Came" and fun. featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young." Best New Artist is one of two categories that fans can vote for. The other is Most Share-Worthy Video, which Jepsen is also competing for with "Call Me Maybe," which she co-wrote.

"I think she is certainly a favorite to win," Andy Greene, associate editor at Rolling Stone, told ABC News. "It was the song of the summer, and it was crazily catchy. Even people who don't really like pop couldn't resist it, and it was just inescapable."

Jepsen was introduced to the music world in 2007 when she finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. She is ecstatic about the nomination and the success of her hit song.

"I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life's just taken off in a completely different direction," she told MTV. "Moments like that just let it really sink in. It's crazy."

"Even to be listed among those names is honestly just crazy to me. I'm a big fan of all of them," Jepsen said.

But since breaking out "Call Me Maybe" last year, Jepsen has yet to have another solo single, leaving many wondering if she's destined to be a one-hit wonder. Greene said perhaps "Call Me Maybe" became too big a hit.

"It was just a little too out there, and I think people are thinking all right enough of this thing," Greene said. "When artists break with a song that big it can be hard to get out of the shadow of it."

The singer's album Kiss comes out Sept. 18. Jepsen, 26, needs just one more great song for the album to move on, Greene said. She is getting there with the hit "Good Time," which she performs with Owl City. Greene said the fact that Jepsen can write could help her career, but her failure to define herself, the way Britney Spears has, could hurt her.

"It's just tough when you're teen pop," Greene said. "Miley Cyrus seemed to be the biggest thing in the world, and now she makes straight-to-DVD movies. It can be a swift fall, particularly if you mature in the wrong way as she seemed to."

Winning the VMA for Best New Artist hasn't always proved to be all that important, Greene said. In recent years, stars such as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have gone home with the Moonman and gone on to international success. But in 2008, Tokio Hotel, who beat out major stars Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift for the award, disappeared from the main stage. Greene believes if Jepsen does walk away with the Moonman, it won't really matter.

"I don't think Bieber was helped or hurt that much by it," Greene said. "I don't think Tokio Hotel was really helped by it."

Jepsen's biggest competition is One Direction, Greene said, which, unlike Jepsen, has a passionate fan base.

But if Jepsen does walk away with the award, it won't help in her journey to move on from "Call Me Maybe," Greene said, because the VMAs are not that important anymore.

"The VMAs now aren't what they used to be," he said. "They [MTV] don't even seem to be making a huge deal out of them this year. Three years ago, there would be commercials for months, billboards everywhere, you couldn't get away. They're giving awards to videos that they never show. It's this weird disconnect."

"Their [MTV] priorities are in Jersey Shore and Teen Mom," Greene said. "This [VMAs] just seems like something they have to do."

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Wednesday
Jul252012

Call Me Naked? Police Investigating Carly Rae Jepsen Hacker

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABC(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- Police are investigating who hacked into singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s computer and allegedly stole personal photos.

Vancouver police confirmed to ABC News that they have launched an investigation into the unauthorized use of a computer, theft of telecommunications and criminal harassment of the “Call Me Maybe” singer.

Police would not confirm a TMZ report that the stolen photos are nude shots of the Canadian-born singer.

The investigation began in mid-March but no one has been arrested or charged at this time, police told ABC News.

A spokesperson for Jepsen did not immediately respond to request for comment.

But Jepsen, 26, took to her Twitter page Monday to deny a different sex scandal.

“Crazy morning. Discovered that someone put up a sex tape claiming to be me. Ridiculous. Obviously not me,” Jepsen tweeted.

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Thursday
Jul052012

Carly Rae Jepsen Seeks to Build on "Call Me Maybe" Success

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Even though her smash hit single “Call Me Maybe” has been dubbed the anthem of the summer, Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen said she already feels “pressure” to prove she isn’t a one-hit wonder.

“My main concern is getting out an album that I feel really proud of and that is the project of my life right now,” Jepsen told Nightline. “This is an opportunity I’ve been waiting [for] and [I'm] hoping…I’m not going to freeze under the pressure. I’m hoping I can stand up to it.”

Jepsen, 26, was a struggling singer until fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, his girlfriend Selena Gomez and teen star Ashley Tisdale tweeted about her song, “Call Me Maybe,” in February.

“I had never really met [Justin Bieber] before and to get his stamp of approval was something that changed the game,” Jepsen said. “His girlfriend Selena was also putting out tweets just supporting the song and his friends were all doing it and every week my sister would call and be like, ‘did you see?’”

Now everyone from the Harvard baseball team to Abercrombie and Fitch models to world leaders have covered the song, and the music video has almost 138 million views on YouTube.

“It’s a little shocking,” Jepsen said of her success. “But it’s exciting to know people recognize the song and they’ve heard it and they know the words so that is cool.”

With its simple rhyming lyrics and catchy melody, “Call Me Maybe” has snagged the top spot on the pop music charts for three straight weeks, catapulting Jepsen’s career in the process. The song, which Jepsen wrote with two friends, was inspired by an early ’90s hit.

“The reference we wanted to use was like a modern day ‘Walking on Broken Glass,’ Annie Lenox style,” Jepsen said. “So we were just using some different instruments that you don’t normally hear, strings and things, and we had a lot of fun creating it.”

But Jepsen, who has been asked to open for Bieber on tour, said she didn’t know why her signature song was so addictive.

“Someone told me one that good songs write themselves and you don’t really have to do anything with it,” she said. “I think it’s sort of how we feel about this one. We were kind of there and it happened.”

Jepsen left home at age 17 and worked as a barista, among other odd jobs, before her former high school drama teacher encouraged her to try out for Canadian Idol. She placed third, and scored a record deal out of it.

As her global popularity continues to grow, Jepsen said she is ready to keep going.

“I think if I had been any younger I probably wouldn’t be, but I feel like the timing is perfect for me,” she said. “It’s a lot to take on but I’m excited for that challenge and ultimately I just feel lucky to be in this position.”

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