Grammy Nominee Carly Rae Jepson Has Aunt To Thank For 'Call Me Maybe' Success

Star did not know she had a hit on her hands

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The ultimate decision to release Carly Rae Jepsen’s song 'Call Me Maybe' may have been down to record company bosses and the star herself but is seems the singer may owe someone else some thanks – her aunt.

The 21-year-old pop star was deliberating over which track to release as her next single in 2011 and was perfectly happy working on her career as a pop star in Canada rather than internationally before the tune became one of the bestselling digital singles of all time with more than 10 million units sold.

Carly was set to go with another song but decided to release 'Call Me Maybe' after she saw her usually reserved aunt dancing along to the music.

When asked if she knew the single would be a hit, she told the L.A. Times: “No… to be honest, and this might sound silly, but I was quite content with how things were going in Canada.

Carly Rae Jepsen on stage (WENN)

"I was shaping out a career there, and I was really excited because I’d had my first ever real record deal.

“I can remember we were choosing between ‘Call Me Maybe’ and another song ‘Curiosity’. The moment my aunt started dancing to ‘Call Me Maybe’, and she doesn’t really dance to anything, I realised maybe we had something.”

Soon after its release, the song shot to the top of the charts around the world throughout 2011 and 2012.

And Carly should be pretty pleased with her success – she’s been nominated in the Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance categories at this year’s Grammy Awards.