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OCT
15
2 YEARS

Carly Rae Jepsen Explains the Meaning of 'Call Me Maybe'

Everyone sang (and parodied) the Canadian pop star's big hit, but did it even make sense? The singer herself explains.

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In "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen most certainly created the pop hit of the summer. But the song may have also inadvertently created a major problem for those in the dating world.

Specifically, it's the chorus' hook that poses the biggest questions. In it, the 26-year-old Canadian Idol vet sings, "I just met you, and this is crazy, so here's my number, so call me maybe," which seems pretty flirtatious at first. But on further examination, is it really? After all, if someone gives you his or her number, and tells you to call him/her maybe, how are you supposed to know what to do? Does the person really want a call? And if everyone starts using this line, will it mean the end of dating, given the confusion it causes?

THR asked Jepsen on Saturday, at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars in New York City, and cleared it up -- at least a little bit.

"I think it’s just my type of, the way I would talk about it," she laughed. "I’m not overly confident in love. I’d probably be more coy about it, I guess, just like, ‘call me, maybe? If you want to?'"

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So there it is: the message isn't so much flirtatious, but a sign of a lack of confidence; a hesitance as defense mechanism.

Jepsen, of course, probably has a whole lot more confidence now: She has sold nearly 10 million copies/downloads of the song, and it spent nine straight weeks in the top spot on the Billboard chart. The music video for "Call Me Maybe" has been viewed nearly 300 million times, and she's just getting started -- Jepsen's new album, Kiss, was just released to positive reviews.

"I never really think too much about is a song going to be a hit or not, but I know the songs that are my favorite and the songs that I’m excited about," she told THR. " 'This Kiss' is my new single, and the video is coming out in a week and a half, and I’m really looking forward to that. And I’m also really excited about a song called ‘Tonight I’m Getting Over You.’ I got to work with Max Martin in Sweden which was a childhood dream of mine, to be in the room with him and witness his process, so that was really cool."

Email: Jordan.Zakarin@THR.com; Twitter: @JordanZakarin