After a summer full of Hot 100 dominance, countless parody videos, and a planned 90210 cameo, it’s hard to believe Carly Rae Jepsen hasn’t put out a new album in four years. That all changes next month, however, when Jepsen will release her sophomore effort, Kiss, on Sept. 18.
If you’re worried about the Owl City collaborator all of a sudden going through an arty, conceptual phase on Kiss, worry not. “The record is pop,” Jepsen said in a statement, adding: “It’s inspired by Robyn, the Cars, Madonna, and believe it or not, James Taylor.”
As we highlighted in our oral history of “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen worked with Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay to produce that hit, as well as songs from her last album, 2008’s Tug of War. After Ramsay, she’ll be joined by labelmate Matthew Koma, as well as other noteworthy producers and songwriters like Max Martin, Dallas Austin, LMFAO’s Redfoo, and Toby Gad.
Are you guys looking forward to a very Carly Rae fall? Or do you think her hot summer sizzle will have fizzled by then?