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CARLY RAE JEPSEN USED TO PAY HER BAND WITH FOOD

by Michael Holder

Singer didn’t make enough money to pay wages until recently

Carly Rae Jepsen used to pay her band with food

Carly Rae Jepsen has admitted she used to pay her backing band with food.

The Canadian is now a world famous popstar after her track ‘Call Me Maybe’ became a huge hit, but she said that two years ago she wasn’t making enough money to pay her band.

Instead, she used to pay them by cooking them meals while they all toured Canada in a minivan, and Jepson would try to make money selling t-shirts.

The singer told The Sun newspaper: “It’s very surreal to me at times, because I think back to maybe two years ago and my career then versus now.

“The first time that I toured Canada was in the soccer mom van [minivan], with the boys that I’m still playing stadiums with now.”

She continued: “I was paying them with home-cooked dinners because that’s all I could afford, and rushing to my merchandising table to sell shirts afterwards.”

Jepsen also spoke about the many cover versions of ‘Call Me Maybe’ that continue to surface on YouTube.

“I’ve seen a lot of them, but there’s no way that I could have watched every single one,” she said.

“My family are pretty good at sending me the links to the really good ones though.

“It’s actually pretty amazing, because it’s been a rejuvenating aspect of the song.

“I mean, I have sung it more times than any person should sing one song, but because I see the remakes and covers and parodies, it adds new life to it,” she said.

The huge worldwide hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ is set to be the third track on her forthcoming album, which is released on 17 September.

Spotify recently announced ‘Call Me Maybe’ as the service’s third most streamed track of the summer, while the song was also recently covered by Newcastle band May Arcade, who changed some of the lyrics to include Geordie slang words – the song can be watched below.

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