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This week in music: Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen brings music to Minn. Zoo

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Pop music sensation Carly Rae Jepsen is bringing her act outdoors this week at the Weesner Family Amphitheatre in Apple Valley at the Minnesota Zoo.

The "Call Me Maybe" singer -- who has sold more 9 million singles and spent none consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart -- will play the Music in the Zoo concert series with The Wanted on Sunday.

The Columbus Dispatch says the 27-year-old Canadian pop sensation had no problem getting in sync with her target audience during a concert earlier this month at the Ohio State Fair.

"Despite the age gap, the singer managed to connect with her youthful audience primarily because her songs tapped into the live-or-die feeling that goes hand-in-hand with the earliest middle-school crushes," Dispatch critic Andy Downing wrote.

Still, Downing criticized Jepsen's "limited vocal range."

"Jepsen's voice, while stronger than the throwing arm she flashed throwing out the first pitch at a recent Tampa Bay Rays game, doesn't exactly shake the rafters," Downing wrote.

Jepsen is no stranger to Minnesota. She was featured on Owatonna-based Owl City's track "Good Time" a year ago, and performed some tunes at the Mall of America in October to help Victoria Justice promote her new movie "Fun Size."

Also coming to perform in Minnesota this week:

Ben Taylor, the son of iconic singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, will play the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis Thursday.

Acclaimed contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary -- Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina "Tina" Atkins-Campbell -- will play the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis Thursday.

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