Carly Rae Jepsen on Her Place in the Music Industry & Taylor Swift Comparisons
By Katie Krause
Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album, Emotion, is officially out – and it’s just as vibrant, catchy, and colorful as you’d hoped. While many thought she’d be a “one hit wonder” after “Call Me Maybe” exploded in 2012, Emotion proves she’s here for the long haul. Many are even comparing the upbeat album to Taylor Swift’s record-breaking 1989– several headlines boast the question: “Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Emotion’ Better Than Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’?”
But in a candid new interview, the 29-year-old tells ET she isn’t trying to compete.
“I don’t really feel the need to compare,” she explains. “I think that Taylor's fantastic and I think she made a really fantastic record, but they're different types of music and I think there's room for it all.”
“I mean, that was a bit of a monster of a song - it was an incredible gift but definitely a challenge and I think that’s part of the reason probably that it was so vital to me to take my time with this album and make sure that every song really had a home and a reason for being there,” she says.
And Carly explains she’s learned a lot over the past three years.
“I think that I learned a little bit about taking more of a lead role in my own project - not that I wasn’t very vocal with Kiss,” she adds, “but I think if you’re not willing to direct and steer the ship a bit it kind of gets steered for you.”
She definitely navigated this album the right way, but still, she’s finding out what her place in the music industry is.
“I don’t know! You tell me,” she jokes. “The place where I feel the most comfortable is probably in the studio writing… I mean, obviously when you get on stage and you kind of have that moment of connection with your fans that’s always really fantastic and hearing you say you like songs - that means everything to me - but I don’t know if I’ve really thought too much about where that puts me and my place.”
“With this album I knew I wanted to kind of stretch the lines of what pop music needed to be,” she continues. “And I think some of those experiments led to some of my favorite songs: “Warm Blood,” “All That,” and “When I Needed You.”
Carly says the song is about trying to escape for the weekend with your lover, adding, “I think that this lifestyle only allows for kind of really quick fits and bursts of romance because you don't get the day-to-day mundane brush your teeth, do your laundry kind of thing, but instead you get dinner in Paris. It's not very real life but it's very romantic.”
The song even features Carly’s favorite lyric on the record.
To find out what it is watch our interview with Carly above. She also dishes on the most random text message she received on album release day!