#2 of 15 People Made Famous by the Internet in 2012
Carly Rae Jepsen
Though â€śCall Me Maybeâ€ť released in 2011, it went unnoticed in Carly Rae Jepsenâ€™s Canadian homeland. However, after social powerhouse Justin Bieber tweeted about the song and appeared in a viral lip-dub video, it became an instant hit.
This skyrocketed Jepsen into Internet stardom in 2012. Dozens of media outlets wrote about her and the song, which held the number-one spot on Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks. Fans have created hundreds of â€śCall Me Maybeâ€ť parodies and mashups for YouTube â€” including Harvard athletes, Sesame Street characters and Olympic swimmers.