Carly Rae Jepsen sued by Ukrainian artist Aza over ‘Call Me Maybe’

North Stars
November 9, 2012

We've just found the one person in the whole world who doesn't love Carly Rae Jepsen's summer hit "Call Me Maybe," and she's taking legal action.

Ukrainian singer Aza is reportedly suing the 26-year-old Jepsen, claiming the B.C. native ripped off Aza's Christmastime jingle "Hunky Santa." According to TMZ, Aza and her lawyer accuse producers of "Call Me Maybe" of merely tweaked Aza's track and adding Jepsen's voice.

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"I'm shocked and surprised that these people wanted to sample my lyrics on their song. They didn't ask me for permission, they just took it. That's why I filed this lawsuit. When I first heard it on the radio, I was driving and almost got into an accident. I couldn't believe what I was hearing," Aza told TMZ.

Take a listen to Aza's "Hunky Santa":

And, in case you somehow forgot about it, here's Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe":

We don't really hear the similarities, but then, we're not the ones suing.

Leaving their melody up for individual judgment, the content of the two songs could not be more different. Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is the famously coy tale of a girl who gives her number to one special man in the hopes he'll give her a call later. Aza's rather mind-blowing song and video is about how she plans to seduce a beefcake Santa Claus because she wants a boyfriend with a big, huge... heart. While Jepsen claims it's hard for her to even look right at her crush, Aza openly admits she'll sit on his lap anytime.

Where the outrage probably stems from is a line from "Hunky Santa": "Call me, here is my number."

Jepsen's camp has responded to the suit, which also names her manager Scooter Braun, in the expected fashion.

"This is completely false and [Carly's] lawyers will deal with this. Everyone knows [Carly] is a songwriter. She is not spending a lot of time listening to Ukrainian radio," Jepsen's rep said.

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According to Aza's website, the singer/actress/screenwriter is now permanently based in Los Angeles, after apparently being named Ms. Ukraine "for beauty and achievement," attending school in Kiev, and working as a broadcast journalist.

If you're already a bit confused by Aza's allegations against Jepsen, her bio also makes a few puzzling claims. Since moving to L.A., she says she has appeared in TV shows like "The 70's Show" (the actual title is "That 70's Show") and "That's No Raven" (the actual title is "That's So Raven").

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Aza also says she made two other music videos, "Sexy" and "Soldier." The latter is described as a "rap condemnation of the Ira war." As of press time, however, both videos have been removed from YouTube by the user.


We don't know about Hollywood, but after unleashing this story into the entertainment news universe, we're not sure if Christmas tunes will ever be the same again.

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