I Really Like You

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"I Really Like You"
Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You.png
Single by Carly Rae Jepsen
from the album Emotion
Released 2 March 2015 (2015-03-02)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014, P.S. Studio (Stockholm, Sweden)
Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood, California)
Templebase Studios(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length 3:24
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Svensson
  • Halatrax
Carly Rae Jepsen singles chronology
"Take a Picture"
(2013)
"I Really Like You"
(2015)
"Run Away with Me"
(2015)
"Take a Picture"
(2013)
"I Really Like You"
(2015)
"Run Away with Me"
(2015)

"I Really Like You" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen for her third studio album, Emotion (2015). It was written by Jepsen, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, and Peter Svensson, and produced by Svensson, the song was released as the album's lead single on 2 March 2015.

"I Really Like You" peaked at number fourteen on the Canadian Hot 100. Internationally, the song peaked within the top ten of the charts in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom, while peaking within the top twenty of the charts in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland, the song's accompanying music video featured Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber, and was released 5 March 2015.

Writing and production[edit]

"I Really Like You" was written by Jepsen, Jacob Kasher Hindlin and Peter Svensson, and produced by the latter.[1] According to Jepsen, the song's lyrics are 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."[1]

Composition[edit]

Soraya Nadia McDonald of The Washington Post characterised "I Really Like You" as a synthpop song, musically reminiscent of Jepsen's previous album Kiss (2012), 1980s music and Solange Knowles' 2012 EP True.[2] The Verge's Emily Yoshida noted elements of 1980s and new wave.[3] Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone described the track as a "dance-pop number".[4] Musically, the song is written in the key of F major, with a tempo of 122 beats per minute.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard called the song "really (really) fun" and "a breathless 80's banger that comes back to [2012 single] "Call Me Maybe's" fixation on ultra-crisp percussion and blurted-out flirtation".[6] Idolator's Bianca Gracie described "I Really Like You" as "mind-blowing, fantastic, catchy-as-hell pop".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Canada, "I Really Like You" debuted at number 14 on the Canadian Hot 100 issued for 21 March 2015, marking Jepsen's seventh top 40 hit in the Canada.[8]

In the United States, "I Really Like You" debuted at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 21 March 2015, selling 38,000 copies in its first week.[9] It peaked at number 39 on 2 May 2015, marking Jepsen's third top 40 hit in the United States.[10][11][12]

In the United Kingdom, the song debuted and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart on May 3, 2015 ― for week ending date May 9, 2015 ― a position it maintained for two consecutive weeks.[13][14]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Peter Glanz. Jepsen filmed part of the song's music video on 16 February 2015, in front of the Mondrian Hotel in Manhattan alongside Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber and a troupe of dancers. Also making cameo appearances in the video are Rudy Mancuso and Andrew B. Bachelor (A.K.A. King Bach), well-known users of the short-form video sharing application Vine. The video was released on 6 March 2015.[15] CBC Music's Nicolle Weeks described it as "a more affable version" of the music video for The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (1997).[16] The music video has been rated as one of 10 Best Music Videos of 2015 (So Far) by the readers of Billboard.[17]

Live performances and covers[edit]

Jepsen performed "I Really Like You" at the Capital Pride in 2015.

Jepsen performed "I Really Like You" live on Good Morning America on 2 March 2015, followed by a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 5 March 2015 and Sunrise on 11 March 2015.[1] She also performed the song on Saturday Night Live, Castle, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dancing with the Stars, Much Music Video Awards, Ellen DeGeneres Show.[18] On Friday, 21 August 2015, Jepsen performed this on The Today Show as part of their Toyota Summer Concert Series.

In April 2015, British group The Wombats covered the song on BBC Radio 1.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download[19]
  1. "I Really Like You" – 3:24
Digital download – remixes EP[20]
  1. "I Really Like You" (Blasterjaxx Remix) – 3:35
  2. "I Really Like You" (The Scene Kings Remix) – 3:17
  3. "I Really Like You" (The Scene Kings Extended Remix) – 4:35
  4. "I Really Like You" (Wayne G. Club Mix) – 7:39
  5. "I Really Like You" (Liam Keegan Remix Radio Edit) – 3:09
  6. "I Really Like You" (Liam Keegan Extended Remix) – 4:39

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[70] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[71] Gold 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[72] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[73] Platinum 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[74] Platinum 250,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[75] Platinum 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[76] Platinum 40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[77] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[78] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[79] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Australia 2 March 2015 Digital download [80]
Canada 604 [81]
Germany
  • Schoolboy
  • Interscope
[82]
Mexico [83]
New Zealand [84]
United States [19]
24 March 2015 Contemporary hit radio [85]
United Kingdom 26 April 2015 Digital download [86]

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