The Courier-Mail

Carly Rae Jepson

- BY / JAMES WIGNEY

1DEFINITEL­Y

MAYBEYou may remember the Canadian singer-songwriter from her pop-tastic earworm Call Me Maybe, which sold 18 million copies and became the best-selling single of 2012. Even if it overshadow­ed Kiss, the album that followed it, she’s still grateful for the doors it opened. “It was a really great opportunit­y to showcase other sides of myself musically,” she says. “It’s not too often I find myself catching it … but I’m quite content to change the station.”

2DEMOCRACY RULES! Determined not to rush the follow-up to Kiss, Jepson took some time out to play the title role in a Broadway production of Cinderella. But when the writing bug bit again, it bit hard, resulting in around 200 wildly different songs. She whittled them down to 40 and sought outside help for the final line-up. “I asked my family and closest friends and people from the label,” she says. “They all came back with their votes and I would make it almost like a chart.”

3SIA AROUND Jepson enlisted an army of hit-making producers and cowriters to realise her vision for E.Mo.Tion, an unashamedl­y pop album, with retro ‘80s nods to one of her heroes, Cyndi Lauper. Among them were Shellback, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Grammy-winner Ariel Rechtshaid and Australia’s own Sia. “She is incredible,” Jepson says. “I call her a butterfly – she’s this inspired being who comes into the room and flaps her wings and ideas come out.”

4LA STORY The new album contains a track called LA Hallucinat­ions, a musing on paparazzi, celebrity and her adopted city featuring the line: “Buzzfeed buzzards and TMZ crows.” “I felt kind of uncomforta­ble singing that song at the LA show because it’s kind of razzing on LA,” she says. “When I first moved to LA it was a really tough transition for me. I didn’t see all of the good that I see now and I was shying away from handling the paparazzi.”

 ??  ?? HEAR E.MO.TION (UNIVERSAL) IS OUT NOW The insanely prolific singer Carly Rae Jepson.
HEAR E.MO.TION (UNIVERSAL) IS OUT NOW The insanely prolific singer Carly Rae Jepson.

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