Carly Rae Jepsen Didn’t Even Realize She Was Making A Music Video

Carly Rae Jepsen has a new single out, and according to some, the catchy pop song is evoking Katy Perry.

The Canadian songstress — who is highly skilled at creating summertime earworms — is back with a new album this year, and “Run Away With Me” has taken off, much the way “Call Me Maybe” did when Jepsen was still new to the U.S. music scene. In Japan, the new album (E.MO.TION) has already been released and has been hugely successful, and critics are comparing it to Teenage Dream.

The new song is reportedly just as catchy as her other hits, but the video is a bit different; namely, because it’s a lot of handheld-camera footage that Jepsen didn’t even realize was going to be a music video.

“I didn’t even know we were making a music video until about halfway through it. Director David Kalani Larkins always has a camera in his hand and he has a way about him that makes you forget that it’s there. It became a part of our daily adventure on the road to film as we went. Promo tour can be a blur and I can remember watching over his shoulder as he uploaded the footage, recounting memories of the trip that I had almost already forgotten. This project became a way for us to slow down time and preserve the moments from magical places like Paris, New York, and Japan,” Carly Rae said.

Jepsen said that she didn’t necessarily want to work with whomever she got pushed together with, but rather chose artists she admires for the new album. Those include Sia, Ariel Rechtshaid, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, and Greg Kurstin.

“Part of the mission was not just going with people that my A&R guy set me up with, but also just reaching out to artists that I loved and producers who I got wind of. If they said yes, sometimes some magic happened.”

Carly Rae Jepsen said earlier this year that she was excited for fans to hear certain songs, including “Black Heart”, which she called “quirky” and “weird”. Her newest work will be released in the U.S. on August 21.

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