By Emma Kalka
Fans of Carly Rae Jepson will really, really, really like the news that the Canadian singer is coming to Seoul this month.
Fake Virgin is bringing the Grammy-nominated artist in for a show on Feb. 24 at Yes24 Live Hall. It is her first concert in South Korea.
Jepson became a household name around the world in 2012 when her song “Call Me, Maybe” became a massive hit. It received over 900 million views on YouTube and spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Her latest album “Emotion,” released in 2015 after two years of work, has received critical acclaim. Heavily influenced by 80s pop, the album contained the popular singles “I Really Like You” and “Run Away with Me,” and had several collaborators including Dev Hynes and Rostam Batmanglij.
The lead track off the album – “I Really Like You” – made it into the top 40 of the U.S. Billboard chart after its release, and entertained audiences worldwide with its music video featuring actor Tom Hanks, singer Justin Beiber and a troupe of dancers.
Jepson said that she is curious about Korea’s culture prior to coming, adding that she is looking forward and open to the various kinds of Korean food.
She said that she hoped that fans find the concert joyful.
“These are feel good songs. I want everyone to come and sort of forget their troubles, dance with us, sing with us, and just be there to celebrate,” she said. “If not, I think at the very least I hope everyone can embrace the 80s with us!”
A set list hasn’t been released, but the show could include performances of “Run Away with Me,” “All That” and “Gimmie Love,” which Jepson claims are her favorite songs. She said that she was really happy with the outcome of each song and is thankful for the people involved in helping her make them.
“Each of these songs has a place in my heart just because they took a lot of time to make. I can remember being really inspired from a natural source, just a place of love or passion or something going on in my life,” she said.
Jepson said that she often draws from personal experience when writing music, but then lets fantasy take over.
“Sometimes the imagination is more exciting than real life. I never make rules about straying outside the lines of that,” she said.
Danny L Harle from PC Music, a British producer who collaborated with Jepson on the track “Supernatural,” will open up the show. According to Fake Virgin’s press release, the performance is meaningful as it presents “the worldwide music trend of ‘mainstream pop meets the underground beatmakers and sound gurus.’”
“It’s never a guilty pleasure to enjoy songs that make you happy; songs that make you wanna dance your ass off and songs that perfectly fit the criteria for pretending to be in a music video,” the release said.
The show will be on Feb. 24 at Yes24 Live Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert will open with Danny L Harle, with Carly Rae Jepson to follow. Tickets are 77,000 won on Fake Virgin’s website and 88,000 won at the door.