Carly Rae Jepsen’s music video for her comeback single “I Really Like You” premiered on Friday night, and features big name guests, actor Tom Hanks and early champion, Justin Bieber.
The single is a catchy, radio-friendly, slice of 80s summer, and the general consensus is that it’s a worthy successor to previous 2011 chart slayer “Call Me Maybe.”
Jepsen’s feelgood video opens with Hanks waking up in a bedroom and lip-syncing along to Carly’s hit, before he hits the streets of New York and meets various bystanders.
At one point, the Forrest Gump star passes a line of girls who swipe Hank’s Tinder profile.
Towards the end of the “I Really Like You” video, Carly makes her first appearance in a dressing room for a jokey spoken interlude, before she, Hanks,and a huge cast of preppy looking dancers storm SoHo’s streets in a synchronized dance routine.
Justin shows up during the last few bars to get his jazz hands on for the dance and sing-along close.
The video was shown first on BravoTV’s The Daily Dish and the song was also played in Newlyweds: The First Year promos.
Of the visual, Jepsen said in a statement, “I wanted a video that made people laugh and smile and just feel joy! I really think we captured that and can’t wait to finally be able to share it with my fans!”
Regarding the single’s theme, she added, “Lyrically, it’s about that time in a relationship when it’s too soon to say ‘I love you,’ but you’re well past, ‘I like you’ and you’re at the ‘I really, really like you’ stage.”
The song is the lead cut from the songstress’ forthcoming Schoolboy Records/Interscope album. “I Really Like You” was co-written with Carly, Jacob Kasher, and The Cardigans’ Peter Svensso.
One man with high ambitions for the single is Jepsen’s manager, Scooter Braun, who also manages Bieber, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, and Rixton.
During a recent chat with Billboard, Braun said of the then looming release, “I told her that she couldn’t come out with anything unless it was on the level of ‘Call Me Maybe.'”
The music maven added, “And now we have a new one that is on that level.”
— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 7, 2015
Time will tell if the song will rival the success of that hit. As for Justin, he has been helping to promote it on his Twitter account since the audio video was released last week.
Haha. Me, tom hanks, and Carly Rae really like you http://t.co/v99Ozs6CvT
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 7, 2015
On Friday, the heartthrob retweeted the Vevo link then added another light-hearted post.
Let us know in comments below what you think of Carly’s new music video.
[Images via Interscope/School Boy Records, Vevo]