Carly Rae Jepsen returns to Manila

Last night, pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen took over the Big Dome in Manila for a one-night only show in the Philippines. The second concert in the country, her first being in 2013, entertained Araneta Center – full of predominantly young girls – with a welcome musical mix of 80’s, folk and pop, including all the catchy pop tunes she rose to fame with.

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With a short dark hair-do and a black leather pants rock chick outfit, Carly took center stage at Araneta to give a good-time party feel show, complete with colorful imagery on background screens. Headlining the night was her hit single ‘Run away with me’ off her third studio album E·MO·TION. She followed with up-beat songs ‘Making the most of the night’ and ‘Emotion.’

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“We’re so happy to be here with new music,” Jepsen introduced her latest album, which was inspired by an old-school 80’s sound that she combined with contemporary pop. For E·MO·TION Carly teamed up with serious superstar songwriters to today’s hottest musical talents Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Charli XC and One Direction. ‘Making the Most of the Night,’ ‘LA Hallucinations’, ‘Gimme Love’, and ‘Your Type’, followed.

The 29-year old Canadian songstress counts Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and James Taylor as her main musical influences and drew inspiration for her latest studio album from 80’s pop legend Cyndi Lauper and her “timeless emotional tunes.”

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Carly, who initially tried her luck at Canadian Idol in 2007 and subsequently placed third in the competition, went on to release her debut album ‘Tug of War’ in 2008. It wasn’t until a few years later, however, that she broke into the international music scene with the 2012 viral summer hit “Call me Maybe”, which reached the number one spot on both the US Billboard and Canadian Hot 100, the number one spot on iTunes in more than 47 countries, was a chart topper in 19 other countries and sold over 17 million singles worldwide.

To date the video to her greatest hit was viewed over 700 million times on Youtube. Resulting from this success and the release of her debut EP ‘Curiosity’, Justin Bieber took notice and referred her to his manager Scooter Braun who quickly signed her to his School Boy Records label.

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Carly, who took a break from songwriting last year to star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Broadway, upped the excitement level at the Big Dome by ending a memorable second concert with the viral sensation she built her career on, ‘Call me Maybe.’

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After a stellar  80 mins performance to an excited Araneta Center crowd, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter vowed to come back to the country: “Thank you one last time, we will have to come back soon because we really really like you,” she beamed finishing the set with one last song, her smash hit ‘I Really Really like You.’ And judging by the screaming fans and rapturous applause it was obvious that Manila, too, really really likes Carly.