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Carly Rae Jepsen’s Family Loves Nicki Minaj ‘Like Loud Italians’

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It may seem like an unlikely pairing but Carly Rae Jepsen’s new single, “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” got a special enhancement in the form of a verse from Nicki Minaj. The remix started leaking onto the Internet yesterday, May 2, and is set for a proper single release on Tuesday, May 7.

Jepsen talked to Radio.com about playing the track to her family. Her whole, entire, extended family.

“I was home in Vancouver with my whole family when I received it in my inbox,” Jepsen said. “And I [was] like ‘Alright, should we all listen together?’ And, I’m not kidding, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles — everyone was there. I brought it down to the living room and we put it on and everyone — I have step parents as well, so it was like loud Italians — so no one could hear anything.”

But her family heard enough to pass judgement.

“When it was done, my brother shouts, ‘I love it!’ And my grandmother was like, ‘What did she say?’ ‘I have no idea, but it was great!’ And so we had to listen like three more times before we could understand it.”

And it seems Jepsen’s grandparents may be cooler than yours. The singer/songwriter says they already knew who Minaj was before she dropped the track on them.

“Oh totally. They are into pop culture,” Jepsen said. “They know everything and they think that I know everything, which is hilarious. I came home for dinner and my Nona says, ‘Does Shania Twain have hair extensions?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know, but next time I go for lunch with her, I will ask.’ Which never happens, but it’s cute. They think that I know everybody who’s famous, which isn’t really the case at all.”

What Jepsen does know–if “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” is any indication– is a thing or two about heartbreak. The song’s lyrics offer some advice for moving on from a broken heart, with a strong dose of hooking up with someone else to help the lovelorn.

“I think that maybe it’s bad advice, but maybe it’s still really true: that the best way to get over somebody is sometimes to be distracted by somebody else,” Jepsen said. “I don’t know if that’s a healthy theory, but I’ve definitely found in the past that a little flirtation never hurts.”

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