Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Album Is “80’s Up A Notch”

March 6, 2015 By Jordan Miller

Carly Rae Jepsen saw Cyndi Lauper perform and thought: ‘Yup. That’s it!’

The “I Really Like You” singer told MTV News she opened for the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” icon and knew that sound was perfect for her new studio album. She’s currently finalizing her new, as she puts it, “80’s up a notch” album. Cue the sock warmers!

“I was listening to the songs and something kind of hit me just like this is when pop was at its finest,” Carly told us. “It’s like the purest, emotional 80ss and I want to make an album that hits at that because the songs are so timeless. I would put out “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” today and I wouldn’t change a bloody thing, so I think that’s where it all began for me where I was like, ‘alright, thats what I’m gonna do.”

Right now, Jepsen’s narrowing down what songs she wants on the record, but one in particular sticks out.

“One of my favorite writing sessions was a song called ‘The One.’” she said. “And it was so empowering to take on the point if you want you can stay the night, but I don’t want to be the one. I think from a girl’s perspective thats rarely sung about and it’s like, girls feel that way too sometimes. And so I think I had fun stretching my limitations of what I thought people want to hear and more of what I feel sometimes and putting it to music.”

She’s also learned a thing or two while recording her latest record, telling Idolator she tried everything until something unique stuck out.

“I actually think it was less organized than that. It was much more like, I did feel the pressure from “Call Me Maybe” — I didn’t know that was a real thing — and I did feel like I didn’t have the answers. So I was just going to do the only thing that I could see working, which was try everything and then maybe the answer would come and present itself to me. So that’s why I did personal emails and did research on artists that I wanted to work with in New York, and had my A&R reach out to people who I didn’t know how to get in touch with — not just in L.A., but in Sweden and London. I just tried every kind of door and avenue that I could go down. And eventually, 250 songs later, the cream rose from that and we have an album. I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder on anything in my entire life. It’s like this album is my baby, and when I hold it in my hands I’m gonna throw it out the window!”

The music video for “I Really Like You” premieres on Bravo Friday night.