Is Carly Rae Jepsen Making a Comeback?

Some fans say she never left. Musician Carly Rae Jepsen released her new album, Dedicated, in May 2019 and fans are already calling it the album of the summer. Find out why fans really, really, really like this pop star and what’s the inspiration behind her music.

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Carly Rae Jepsen performs in concert | Photo by Xavi Torrent/WireImage

Some kno Carly Rae Jepsen as the ‘Call Me Maybe’ girl

This artist burst into mainstream music with her song “Call Me Maybe” in 2012. Then “Good Time” with Owl City in 2012. Then “I Really Like You” in 2015. This pop singer snuck her way into our hearts and our radios ever since, some fans comparing her to artists like Charli XCX.

Now, she’s back and better than ever, with the same kind of peppy, upbeat songs fans love. Carly Rae Jepsen embarks on her United States tour this summer, following the release of her full-length album, Dedicated.

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Carly Rae Jepsen performs as she opens for Katy Perry | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

She opened for artists like Katy Perry

Even though she wasn’t releasing music, the artist was still performing at live shows during her “hiatus.” She opened for The 1975 and Borns at the Shadow of the City festival, a music festival hosted by Jack Antonoff in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She also opened for Katy Perry during “Witness: The Tour.”

The artist was featured in a song on Charli XCX’s album, Pop 2. Additionally, Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Cut To The Feeling” became an anthem in the LGBTQ+ community, following a lip sync performance to that song on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“It’s the summer of Carly Rae Jepsen and I will hear no other arguments at this time,” tweeted CBS sports reporter, Pete Blackburn.

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Carly Rae Jepsen | Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Spotify

She just released her album ‘Dedicated’

Carly Rae Jepsen released Dedicated in May 2019, an album with 15 new songs. Some songs, like “Too Much” and “Want You In My Room” already gained millions of plays on Spotify. This is the first full-length album the artist released since 2015.

This album still features Carly Rae Jepsen’s signature bubblegum pop style, although some songs featuring more adult themes than her previous work. When describing Dedicated, she says part of her inspiration stemmed from a breakup. This album takes fans through the story of her relationship.

“I went through a breakup with a long time, like, best friend, and also a creative collaborator,” Jepsen said in an interview with NPR. “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.”

One of the opening tracks, “Julien,” is about a boy that the artist had a brief relationship with. One of the most prominent things Jepsen remembers about him was how musical his name was. In an interview with NPR, Carly Rae Jepsen explained that she used his name in songs before, but this is the first song that “scratched the itch” of that feeling.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s album, Dedicated, is available on Spotify and most music streaming platforms.