Carly Rae Jepsen | Interview
In advance of her July 19 concert at Northerly Island, “Call Me Maybe” singer/phenomenon Carly Rae Jepsen called us (yes, we’ve heard every joke possible about this) to talk about her new album, her crushes on Cookie Monster and Ryan Gosling, and more. Plus, TOC has a pair of giveaway tickets to the concert, also featuring Boys Like Girls and Austin Mahone, and put together by Pop-Tarts. Win ’em here!
I have to tell you a story. I was in Seattle with friends last month, and we rented a car, and we started to count how many times "Call Me Maybe" came on the radio. We heard it 12 times in less than 12 hours driving. When did you know it was going to be everywhere?
You know, it's been kind of a slow sort of realization. Every day, even from you just saying that, I still just get a little bit of a shiver. It's hard to take it all in.
And then all the parodies, too.
It's been really cool! Someone sent me the link to the Star Wars one last night. That was adorable. The Cookie Monster remains my favorite.
It's Sesame Street!
Did Cookie Monster call you to ask permission?
[Laughs] No. They can have it. I think the coolest thing about this song is the different parodies and lip syncs and different versions that people have made up. It's my favorite thing in the world. They can go for it.
Meanwhile, you’re working on your next CD. What do you think the breakout song from that is going to be?
I haven't really thought of it that way. It's about getting a whole bunch of songs that I feel good about and at the end of the day hoping I have a CD that feels really fun and [that] I feel proud of. I don't know yet what the single is going to be. I definitely have a few contenders in my head. I want to keep it a secret for now, if that's okay.
How long have you been working on the album?
A lot of the songs that have made this album are songs that I started when I was 17 years old. I guess in a way, it's been a lifetime. But they're all kind of new versions of those songs, so it's a nice collaboration of old and new.
That’s interesting. Because now you’re 26, but your audience has a lot of 17-year-olds, and younger teens. Do you think they can relate because you wrote some of these songs when you were that age?
I always write what feels really true and honest and me. It's not so much the lyrics [were written when I was 17], it's more [that I use] the melody I was singing when I was 17. I never really say, I'm going to write for this person, I'm going to write for that person. I write what's honest and I'm always pleasantly surprised at who relates to it.
If you could pick anyone—singer, actor, anyone—to do a parody of "Call Me Maybe," who would it be?
That's a good question. I mean, there are a few people who I have not-so-hidden crushes on that I’d say, you can do it if you want to. John Mayer and Ryan Gosling. If they can just do a little duet, that would be fine.