Carly Rae Jepsen readies new album
Carly Rae Jepsen is getting ready to release her third studio album, and for fans it can't come soon enough.
The upcoming project will be the long-awaited follow-up to 2012's "Kiss," and Jepsen recently revealed via her Instagram account that she's been in the studio with Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and producer Ariel Rechtshaid. She also said she has recorded one of her favorite songs to date.
Hynes and Rechtshaid are two names anyone in the industry would be clamoring to work with. The latter is a Grammy-winning producer who has worked with everyone from Vampire Weekend and HAIM to Madonna and Beyonce. Meanwhile, Hynes is heralded for his work with the likes of Florence & the Machine, the Chemical Brothers, Jessie Ware, and more, along with his own solo work as Blood Orange.
The first single off the new album is expected in March, according to Jepsen's manager Scooter Braun. He recently told Billboard, "I told her that she couldn't come out with anything unless it was on the level of "Call Me Maybe." And, now we have a new one that is on that level.
On January 27th, Jepsen confirmed (via a tweet with lots of capital letters) that the aforementioned lead single is a cut called, "I Really Like You." She said in her social media post, "I really really really really really really like you. #ireallylikeyou New single coming soon!!"
Jepsen has definitely taken her time with her new music, and has said her record would be influenced by '90s bops, as well as folk music and Cyndi Lauper.
11/24/13: Call on her – to take a stand against bullying. Carly Rae Jepsen has come together with USA Network as part of their Characters Unite" campaign to launch the "Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge."
On October 3, Jepsen performed at #UniteLIVE: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying. It was hosted by USA Network stars such as James Roday from "Psych" and Mehcad Brooks from "Necessary Roughness." The campaign, aimed at middle and high school students, emphasizes the importance for students to spread a message of acceptance and ultimately affect positive change in communities.
Jepsen teamed up with USA because she has been a longtime advocate for bullying prevention, and told media outlets she is "hopeful that empowering students to stop intolerance and bullying will help create a brighter future" for students around the country.
Back in March, Jepsen made headlines when she pulled out of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, citing the controversy over the BSA policy on gays. She released a statement saying she "believes in equality for all people," and would not be participating. She ultimately began writing and recording sessions in preparation for her follow-up record to "Kiss," instead. In June, "Kiss: The Remix" was released exclusively in Japan.
Recently, Jepsen and a number of other artists from Justin Bieber's latest tour came together to recreate Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It" video. It hit the web in early November and was shared across a multitude of websites and social media platforms.
Call her... another Canadian success (Created April 3, 2013)
Call her a phenomenon. Call her a superstar. Just… call her.
Canadian singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen became the female equivalent of Justin Bieber when "Call Me Maybe" was released as the lead single from her EP "Curiosity" on September 20, 2011. What followed was an absolute whirlwind in which Jepsen became the most popular pop artist in the world, opening a window into a future where "Call Me Maybe" would sell more than 9 million singles worldwide and climb to the top of the charts in more than 37 countries.
How did Jepsen – a relative unknown outside of Canada – manage to not only hit it big, but ride the wave so high, so fast? Sure, she had a previous third-place finish on "Canadian Idol" on her resume, along with an album from 2009 called "Tug of War." But "Call Me Maybe" took on a life of its own, spending a record-breaking nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It led to a referral from Bieber himself, and in a matter of months Jepsen had inked an American deal on Interscope Records.
Before long, Jepsen was collaborating with some big names on the way to the release of her latest album, "Kiss." The project bowed on September 12, 2012 with flares of disco-pop, dance-pop and teen pop. And yes, there were also guest vocals from Bieber on the guitar-tinged "Beautiful," helping the disc to more international success. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and number five on the Canadian Albums Chart.
In the fall of 2012, Jepsen began a worldwide tour with the Biebs that has now made its way to Europe. She's also writing new music and preparing to perform on the "American Idol" season finale.
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