With the ubiquity of Carly Rae Jepsen's endlessly-parodied summer hit "Call Me Maybe," it's easy to forget that this girl doesn't even have an album out yet in the U.S. Well, CRJ is about to remedy that with the September 18 release of Kiss, her first album for American audiences (she actually released a 2008 record called Tug of War in the Great North after coming in third place on the fifth season of Canadian Idol… but does that even count?)
"It's inspired by Robyn, the Cars, Madonna, and believe it or not, James Taylor," Jepsen said about Kiss in a press release. To achieve her unholy mixture of Robyn-Madonna-Cars-Taylor, Jepsen recruited an array of producers that includes Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears), Dallas Austin (Pink, TLC) LMFAO's RedFoo (because he's sexy and he knows it) and Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay, who wrote her No. 1 breakthrough hit. To get the full skinny on Kiss from Yasmine Richard and Dan Brown, watch the video above!
Also, we just can't help wondering: Why did Carly give her U.S. debut album such an all-encompassing title? Here are four theories on what Carly Rae really means by calling her album Kiss.
1. It is a tribute to Prince's 1986 hit.
2. It's an acronym for Knights In Satan's Service.
3. She wants to capture the confused middle-aged record buying public trying to buy KISS records.
4. Because Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was already taken.
Which option do you think is mostly likely? Tell us below!