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Hear the Carly Rae Jepsen and Rihanna Mashup That Works

'Call Me California King' makes for a seriously good ballad

picture-18831-1332525985By: Devon Maloney // July 24, 2012

Mashup artists often try to highlight just how derivative pop music can be (ahem), but sometimes, the songs they create can give stars a nudge in the right direction. Enter this latest take from the guy who did that Adele/Britney Spears mashup last year, a “Call Me Maybe”/”California King Bed” mix that demonstrates that Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen should be collaborating on a ballad, and should be doing it very, very soon (via Perez Hilton).

Think this is a slowed-down version of “Call Me Maybe”? Fun fact: the rendition that’s lodged itself in every top-40 rotation block in the country (as well as your brain) is actually a sped-up version: Jepsen and cowriter Tavish Crowe originally wrote it as a folk song, which matches “King Bed” by RiRi’s melancholy perfectly. Myriad differences in disposition be damned — both Jepsen and Rihanna are signed to labels owned by Universal Music Group (Interscope and Def Jam, respectively), so professionally speaking, it could happen! (May we suggest an award show performance?) Listen below: