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Breakout Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen – whose hit Call Me Maybe became the song of the summer – has been named the rising star of 2012 by Billboard Magazine.

“As a singer-songwriter having grown up listening to and being influenced by countless female artists, I am truly honored to be recognized by Billboard with this award," Jepsen said in a statement.

"I hope to inspire others through my music the way those artists have inspired me.”

Call Me Maybe spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, a record-breaking run for a Canadian artist, Billboard said, and has sold more than 10 million singles worldwide.

Her latest album Kiss debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 6.

“The single has become nothing short of a pop culture phenomenon, leading to unprecedented viral fanfare," Billboard editorial director Bill Werde said.

"Few artists have achieved this level of success this early in a career. We are thrilled to honor her extraordinary U.S. debut, and we look forward to seeing where she goes next."


Meanwhile, Firework singer Katy Perry has been named Woman of the Year.

Her 2010 album Teenage Dream notched five Hot 100 No. 1s, a first for an album by a female artist, and has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard 200.

Perry's impressive numbers also include a record nine No. 1s on the Pop Songs chart, a record seven on the Adult Pop Songs chart, 10 on Dance/Club Play Songs and an overall seven atop the Hot 100.

Perry and Jepsen will be honoured at Billboard's Women in Music event in New York on Nov. 30.



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