So … Carly Rae Jepsen, the girl who brought us the infectious and NEVERENDING pop song Call Me Maybe is ready to release her full length debut album so that the world can be filled with even MORE infectious and NEVERENDING pop songs. The album is titled Kiss and it will be released next month. Now, I don’t really expect the album to be full of massive Call Me Maybe-like hits but I do expect there to be at least a few hit singles. Are you ready?
Carly Rae Jepsen is omnipresent on TV and radio this year and has been sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks, but this year’s breakout star has only just announced the release of her debut U.S. album. The upcoming record, titled “Kiss,” album will drop Sept. 18 on 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope Records. Its release will give fans just enough time to absorb the new songs before Jepsen kicks off her tour with Justin Bieber in Arizona on Sept. 29. “These are lyric and song ideas that I have been collecting over the years,” Jepsen said of “Kiss” in a statement. “The record is pop. It’s inspired by Robyn, the Cars, Madonna, and believe it or not, James Taylor. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!” The 26-year-old pop star has been dropping hints about the album’s name on Twitter all weekend, tweeting photos of her band blowing kisses and the famous kiss from “Spiderman,” then finally asking fans to tell her about their first “KISS.” Jepsen’s hit single, “Call Me Maybe,” has already sold 4.9 million downloads in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track, which was released on her “Curiosity” EP and gained notoriety with Justin Bieber’s support earlier this year, is the third-biggest selling song of the year. It was in its eighth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, tying it with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” as 2012’s longest-running No. 1. On her new album, Jepsen worked with Max Martin, Dallas Austin, LMFAO’s Redfoo, Toby Gad, Marianas Trench singer Josh Ramsay and Matthew Koma. She also recently collaborated with Owl City “Good Time,” which climbed 23-13 on the Hot 100 last week. “I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to be able to collaborate with some of my dream producers. It has been the most fulfilling experience,” she said. In anticipation of the album’s release next month, Jepsen will be performing on a slew of TV shows, including NBC’s “Today,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Tonight Show” and “Conan.”
While I can appreciate that CRJ was inspired by the likes of Robyn, Madonna, The Cars and James Taylor, I’ll believe it when I hear it. That said, I’m willing to give the girl the benefit of the doubt. No question, Call Me Maybe is a crazy infectious song, just thinking about it now has the tune playing in my head. I’m encouraged that the album features production work by Max Martin and Dallas Austin so, yeah, it deffo sounds like it has great pop potential. I think it was very smart for her handlers to let Call Me Maybe work it’s magic for almost a full year before they decided it was time for her to release a full length album. Let’s see if their planning works out successfully.