No maybes about it, Carly Rae Jepsen will drop her album, Kiss, on September 18.
While fans knew Carly’s debut was set for release this fall, the VMA-nominated “Call Me Maybe” singer had yet to confirm the title and release date now.
“These are lyric and song ideas that I have been collecting over the years,” Jepsen said in a statement about the release. “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. 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! Kiss.”
Jepsen worked with a number of A-list producers and songwriters on Kiss, including Max Martin, Dallas Austin, LMFAO’s Redfoo, Toby Gad and Matthew Koma. And the LP will feature her Owl City collabo, “Good Time,” as well as a still-unnamed track with Justin Bieber . “The Justin song, I’m kind of sworn to secrecy on because I think we want to release it together at one moment,” Jepsen explained to MTV News earlier this summer. “But the rest of the album, I’m really excited for.”
Her song with RedFoo, coincidentally, shares a title with the album. “There’s one particular song that I can’t wait to share called ’This Kiss’ that I wrote with Matthew Koma and Redfoo from LMFAO,” she told us. “[The sound is] definitely in my vein, but [Redfoo’s] a really brilliant guy, and I think, if anything, when a collaboration happens, it’s a little bit of everybody that makes it what it is. So maybe not just me and not just him, but us together.”
She’s also set to hit the road with Bieber on his Believe Tour , which kicks off in September and is perfectly timed to Carly’s album’s release.
“I don’t know what to expect,” she said about the trek. “I did one or two shows with Justin. One in London and one in Mexico City, and all I can say is, like, ’Wow.’ They were huge — 300,000 people in Mexico City. I was speechless. … I think that like in 10 years’ time I’m gonna sit back and look at everything that’s happening to me this year and actually have a ’whoa’ kind of a moment.”
Before she does that though, she’ll face off against One Direction, Fun., Frank Ocean and the Wanted for a Best New Artist Moonman when the MTV VMAs go live on September 6.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Head to VMA.MTV.com now through August 24 to vote for your favorites, or text BNA to 22444 to vote for Best New Artist all the way through the show!