Last year, everybody from NPR to your 12-year-old neighbor seemed to be obsessed with "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen's impossibly catchy pop megahit. It was a love-it-or-hate-it kind of record, and even the people who hated it seemed to talk about it a lot.
The song was everywhere, and the video was amusing and popular in its own right. But so far Jepsen hasn't come close to recapturing such chart success. She's still trying hard, though. She's touring and appearing on TV and has been working on an album.
She's been around longer than a lot of Americans realize. She finished third on "Canadian Idol" in 2007 and had some Canadian hits before "Call Me Maybe" made her a star in this country.
She'll be at Tropicana Field Sunday sometime in the late afternoon as part of the Rays Summer Concert Series.
Her concert is free with admission to the Rays game against the Houston Astros. The game starts at 1:40 p.m., and Jepsen plays shortly afterwards. Barring some extra-innings extravaganza, that means she'll probably be taking to the stage at about 5 p.m.
You can't see the concert without buying a ticket for the game, but if you want to see Jepsen up-close you can get a field access ticket for an extra $11.
Details: 1:40 p.m. game, concert afterwards, Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $20-$140 Information: (727) 825-3250, www.tampabay.rays.mlb.com.
-- Marty Clear