Curiosity is the first EP by Canadian recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen. It was released on February 14, 2012, by 604 Records. Initially planned as a full-length album, Curiosity was cut down to a six-song EP just days before its release. Musically, Curiosity is a pop album influenced by several genres such as dance-pop and R&B, while its lyrical content is mostly about love.
Jepsen's second album was initially planned to be released on Valentine's Day, 2012. The singer, however, chose not to release it, because she wanted to make sure she "got the second CD right. I think I got a little nervous about the idea of the sophomore being a little less-than because it's so rushed. So I wanted to give myself the time to not feel that pressure." She then worked with songwriter Josh Ramsay and producer Ryan Stewart on most of the album's tracks. Jepsen's songwriting process was inspired by her life and friends. After the recording sessions were completed, Curiosity was announced as a full-length album, with a digital release date confirmed for February 14, 2012. A few days before its official release, however, the label decided to change the format of the album, turning it into an extended play. Jepsen had also recorded a track with Justin Bieber, which was originally going to be included on the final track listing. She stated that the collaboration "isn't out of the question considering we've already gotten together and worked on a little something. But for when that will come out, your guess is as good as mine, but hopefully soon. I like the song."
“Call Me Maybe” was released as the lead single from the EP on September 20, 2011. After pop singers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez tweeted about the song, Jepsen gained international attention and got signed to Schoolboy Records, releasing her single in the United States through the label. The song received generally positive reviews from contemporary critics, who praised its composition and clever lyrical content, while deeming it the perfect pop song. “Call Me Maybe” has attained commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, while peaking inside the top ten in Australia, Belgium (Wallonia) and Netherlands. On February 11, 2012, Carly became the fifth Canadian artist to reach the top position on Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100. In the United States, the track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Top 40 Pop Songs chart. An accompanying music video portrays Carly trying to gain attention from her attractive neighbor, who is revealed to be homosexual at the close of the story. Carly has performed the track live a few times, including on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she made her US television debut, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and Good Morning America. “Curiosity” was released as the second single on May 1, 2012.
|1.||"Call Me Maybe"||Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Tavish Crowe||Ramsay||3:13|
|2.||"Curiosity"||Jepsen, Ryan Stewart||Stewart||3:26|
|4.||"Talk To Me"||Jepsen, Ryan Stewart||Stewart||2:51|
|5.||"Just a Step Away"||Jepsen, Larry Jepsen, Ryan Stewart||Stewart||3:46|
|6.||"Both Sides Now"||Joni Mitchell||Stewart||3:52|
|Canadian Albums Chart||6|