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Carly Rae Jepsen opens up about family, singlehood and the one that might've got away on her latest album, Dedicated. Meredith Rizzo and Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption
Carly Rae Jepsen opens up about family, singlehood and the one that might've got away on her latest album, Dedicated.
Carly Rae Jepsen has evolved into one of pop's most endearing and indelible voices; her relatable lyrics hit home but her dance-pop arrangements soar above the everyday. She's a long way off from the bubblegum pop days of "Call Me Maybe." Over the course of her first three records, Jepsen went from a relatively unknown Canadian Idol contestant to a viral phenomenon to a lowkey critical darling. Still, Jepsen had yet to really let fans in until now.
Jepsen's latest album, Dedicated, due out May 17, finds the 33-year-old navigating those strange, reaffirming moments in between love and loss. Across 13 tracks — whittled down from an initial 200 — Jepsen takes fans through every phase of a relationship.
"I went through a breakup with a longtime, like, best friend, and also a creative collaborator," Jepsen says. "Then I was in singlehood for a while, and for the first time in my adult years, in a place where I was traveling and didn't have anyone to text after the show, to be like 'It went great!' or 'I tripped!' It was a strange sort of loneliness, and I wanted the songs to show that, because I felt like I was going to feel less lonely by sharing, in a way."
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