UPDATE (3/2): It's here...and it's really, really, really catchy.
Carly Rae Jepsen released her comeback single "I Really Like You" today and, like her manager predicted (see below), it really is on a level of her inescapable "Call Me Maybe." There's a lush, synth-pop production, there's adorable lyrics ("Late night watching television / But how'd we get in this position?") and an incredibly catchy chorus.
The Canadian singer celebrated her return with a performance on Good Morning America, giving "I Really Like You" a major live debut. Watch it below and check out what else we know about the single including info about its upcoming music video with some all-star cameos.
Update (2/26): In a cute new post on her website, Carly Rae Jepsen has announced that her new single, "I Really Like You," is officially on the way. She also updated us on what she's been up to these last few years:
"I've been hiding in forests where one meets a prince and dances till midnight. I've been cocooned in my Soho apartment, sipping tea with artists so weird and wonderful that only New York could keep them happy. I have been hiking to the tippy tops of L.A. peaks where I've said this out loud to no one…I'm ready. (Imagine the Muddy Waters song playing in my headphones.)"
Update (2/13): The music video for "I Really Like You" is going be super starry, with appearances from Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber in the snowy clip. Check out the Instagram video and get your first taste of the song:
"The trio were seen in NYC's Soho neighborhood enthusiastically dancing down the streets to Jepsen's song 'I Really Like You.' Though it may seem random for the 58-year-old actor to guest star in the 29-year-old pop star's video, Hanks is actually good friends with Bieber and Jepsen's manager Scooter Braun. He even attended his wedding this past summer."
Maybe Carly will return the favor by cameoing in Hanks's next movie. Or putting "I Really Like You" on the soundtrack, perhaps.
Original Story (1/30): Carly Rae Jepsen: where have you been all our lives?! Okay, it's only been a little more than two years since her debut album Kiss, but still—we're ready for more.
And good news today on that front, courtesy of manager Scooter Braun: "Her new single is coming in March. I told her that she couldn't come out with anything unless it was on the level of 'Call Me Maybe,'" Scooter tells Billboard. "And, now we have a new one that is on that level."
Who produced it? Who knows! What's it called? According to an Interscope promo site, it's "I Really Like You," which definitely sounds, on its face, like it could do battle with "Call Me Maybe." There are other rad tracks on Kiss, too, y'know—"Guitar String," "This Kiss," "Turn Me Up," basically all the rest. It rules. Hard enough to tide you over till LP2, which Carly recently said is inspired by Cyndi Lauper and the '90s sitcom Blossom.
The Interscope listing suggested "early 2015" as the release date for the "I Really Like You" single, so it sounds like we can take Scooter Braun's word—March—as gospel.
Anyway. Happy Friday. Watch the "Call Me Maybe" video again. You'll be the 638,552,807th one to do so.