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WATCH: Cody Simpson talks about his love for fans, social media

TORONTO – Some of the hundreds of young girls who packed into Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square Thursday for a free concert by pop star Cody Simpson arrived as much as 14 hours before he was set to hit the stage.

“It’s crazy,” said Simpson, as he looked out over the crowd from the second floor of the Hard Rock Café. “I flew in from Atlanta at 6, so it’s crazy to think that people were here waiting before I even took a plane to Toronto.”

“Every time I come back [to Canada] to do a show the crowds just keep getting bigger. I love the Canadian fans.”
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The fan frenzy for the 16-year-old Australian singer follows the release of his sophomore album Surfer’s Paradise and the single “Pretty Brown Eyes” (the video has been viewed 9.6 million times on YouTube).

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Simpson, who currently has 5.6 million followers on Twitter and 5.2 million “likes” on Facebook, said Thursday it’s important for him to stay in touch with his fans via social media.

“I have my phone on me at all times so I can always whip it out [for] a quick tweet or Instagram,” he said. “I do my best to stay in touch [and] I try to go on and talk to them when I can.”

Simpson also spoke about taking more control of his career, his plans to go back into the recording studio – and what he does to make himself a better artist.

“I listen to  [my album] every day from top to bottom and listen for things that I didn’t hear in the music before,” he explained, “or I’m like, ‘Dang, I could have done that better.’ It’s all improvement for next time.”
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Watch the video for “Pretty Brown Eyes” here: