Carly Rae Jepsen took the world by storm with “Call Me Maybe,” a track that topped the charts in 19 countries and earned two Grammy nominations.
And while it’s been nearly two years since the catchy single flooded airwaves, Jepsen is going to make us wait a little longer for new music, since she will be busy for the next three months as she fulfills her life-long dream of being a Broadway star as Cinderella.
Before her run as a fairytale heroine kicks off on Tuesday (February 4), Jepsen took MTV News behind the scenes of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” where she admitted she’s enjoying time away from the pop music spotlight.
“It’s kind of nice to be honest to have a little bit of a break from the pop world,” Jepsen said. “It’s a really intense pace and I love it, but it’s kind of part of the reason why this was so attractive to me was to live in a different reality for a while and then I’ll be newly inspired by living in New York and hopefully have some new ideas.”
And it seems like some of those new ideas have started flowing for her next record the follow-up her 2012 album Kiss , even taking a couple “left turns” along the way.
“[I’m] just letting myself experiment just writing to write rather than writing for the record and from that interesting things have happened,” Jepsen said. “I’ve been writing folk songs, so I think you can expect the unexpected for this next record.”
Yet, don’t expect Jepsen to completely ditch pop for folk since she’s “not going to totally change genres,” but she will be changing decades.
“If anything, my last record was ’80s and what I’ve been working on lately is very ’90s, so I’m kind of just growing up slowly through the ages,” Jepsen revealed. “But I was really inspired at the time by things like that and lately I’m all about [’90s television series] “Blossom”.
To bring that vision to life, Jepsen has recruited producer Benny Blanco and her “hugest crush,” Cyndi Lauper.
“I met her in Osaka, Tokyo at the Summer Sonic festival there and I have the hugest crush on her and I just stalked her side stage and basically asked if I could one day work with her,” Jepsen said. “And she said ’Yes.”