Earning global success with "Call Me Maybe," Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen spent her formative years absorbing pop culture in her hometown of Mission, British Columbia. After attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia, Jepsen competed in the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007, ultimately winning third place and performing in the show's nationwide tour. By 2008, she had moved to Vancouver and released her debut LP, Tug of War, which featured a cover of John Denver's 1974 hit ballad "Sunshine on My Shoulders." Three years later, Jepsen's single "Call Me Maybe," which drew from dance-pop and disco, attained worldwide commercial success: it topped the Canadian, U.S., and U.K. charts as well as those of 18 other countries, racked up over 700 million views on YouTube, and won a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year. The Curiosity EP, which featured "Call Me Maybe," followed in early 2012. That June, the Owl City duet "Good Time" arrived and peaked at number eight on the Billboard charts.
Jepsen's second album, Kiss, appeared in September 2012. It debuted in the Top Ten in Canada and the U.S. and won Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year Juno Awards a year later. Jepsen began work on her third album in early 2013, collaborating with producers Josh Ramsay, Ryan Stewart, and Max Martin on songs inspired by '80s pop and folk. In early 2014, she began a 12-week run as the lead role in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. She returned with new music in March 2015 with "I Really Like You," which became another Top 40 hit. Featuring collaborations with songwriters including Sia, Devonté Hynes, and Ariel Rechtshaid, and producers such as Mattman & Robin and Greg Kurstin, her third full-length, E-MO-TION, arrived that August. The album was a Top Ten hit in Canada and a Top 20 hit in the U.S., and was ultimately shortlisted for the 2016 Polaris Prize. Collaborations with Bleachers and the Knocks followed. In early 2016, Jepsen also appeared as Frenchy in the live television performance of Grease and recorded the theme song to Fuller House, the reboot of the family sitcom Full House. In August 2016, she released E-MO-TION: Side B, an EP featuring eight tracks that had been in consideration for the album. ~ James Christopher Monger