Carly Rae Jepsen talks about her upcoming show at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

 

Will play a one hour set with her band on Friday, May 10

Carly Rae Jepsen

By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

Has Mom been extra-good this year? If you want to go way overboard in celebrating Mother’s Day – and you’ve got a bunch of cash to burn – why not treat her to an entire weekend of fun and luxury? The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is featuring Grammy-nominated pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen, who gave us the insanely catchy mega-hit “Call Me Maybe” (when a song gets almost half a billion hits on YouTube, you know it’s big), as part of its BleauLive concert series.

But this is much more than a mere concert: The Mother’s Day weekend package for $299 per night includes deluxe guestroom accommodations, two passes to the performance, a two-hour open bar (and a youth bar for minors), access to the BleauLive private lounge throughout the weekend and a Mother’s Day brunch for two at Vida, the resort’s restaurant serving continental cuisine. Talk about a great way to bond.

Jepsen talked to Miami.com about the concert and her surprise at the overwhelming success of “Call Me Maybe.”

What can people expect from your show, and how long will you play?
We play a full hour, and I couldn't be more pumped. The band boys and I are loving the longer set times since the past year we’ve been opening sets for Justin Bieber. His crowds are awesome and the energy is wild, but we always want to keep going longer than our set time allows. In Miami, we will be able to really sink in to a full show and play some of my favorite songs from “Kiss.” I can't wait!

Is there a Mother's Day theme involved?
No, but I'll definitely be encouraging everyone to be spoiling their Mom. I'll be doing the same.

What kind of interaction will fans be able to enjoy with you?
I hope they have an amazing time. I always do. I plan to bring a few new friends onstage with me, too, so be ready.

After hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube, "Call Me Maybe" blew up the pop charts - how surprising was the extent of its success to you?
It was an absolute dream come true. Every artist needs that first song to introduce them to their audience, and I'm glad “CMM” was my hello. But yes, it's shocking how big it got. I'm really excited to showcase some newbies in Miami - especially my latest single "Tonight I'm Getting Over You."

You had success on "Canadian Idol" - are you a fan of "American Idol"?
I am! In fact, I will be performing on the season finale of “American Idol” on May 15. The song’s called "Take a Picture," and I actually wrote it with the fans. You can find out more about it at www.Americanidol.com/perfectharmony.

Whom do you like this year?
I actually like watching the judges best. I think Nicki Minaj is fascinating, not to mention incredibly talented. As for the contestants, I'm kind of rooting for all of them. Is that allowed? Ha.

Speaking of "Idol," you've got a new remix of "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" with judge Nicki Minaj coming out around now. How do you feel about it, and what style is it?
It's a break-up anthem, and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Nicki did a fantastic job, and I couldn't be happier. I hope you like it.

You look like you're about 19. Do people frequently think you're a lot younger than you really are?
Ha, ha - thanks. I recently got asked at the L.A. airport if it was my first time flying, and would I like a buddy. I was baby-faced (no make-up), so I looked especially young. I had to laugh. I think it's a sweet compliment. But if feel very much my age - 27.

What's the most surreal moment you've had since becoming a superstar?
I think getting nominated for two Grammys was pretty huge for me. I was happy-dancing all around my kitchen when I found out.

How often do you get to Miami, and what do you think of the city?
Not often enough. I'm really looking forward to this trip. I hear the sights are amazing and the weather is fine. I'll pack my sunnies.

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