February 5, 2014


Carly Rae Jepsen Taps Cyndi Lauper for 'Blossom'-Inspired New Album

Mark Horton/WireImage
Mark Horton/WireImage

If your '90s nostalgia is at an all-time high—and whose isn't nowadays?—Carly Rae Jepsen's forthcoming album might be just what the doctor ordered.

"Lately, I'm all about Blossom," Jepsen said. If you need your memory jogged, that's the beloved '90s sitcom starring Mayim Bialik as a celeb-obsessed teen named Blossom with a penchant for ridiculously-awesome hats. Also, her best friend loved hats, too. 

"My last record was '80s, and what I've been working on lately is very '90s, so I'm kind of just growing up slowly through the ages," the "Call Me Maybe" singer said.  

To help bring her concept to life, she's recruited super-producer Benny Blanco (who crafted recent No. 1s for Ke$haMaroon 5 and Katy Perry) and, curiously, one of the '80s biggest pop stars: Cyndi Lauper

"I met her in Osaka, Tokyo," the Broadway babe said of the "True Colors" singer. "I have the hugest crush on her and I just stalked her side stage and basically asked if I could one day work with her. And she said 'Yes.'"

If this wasn't a huge enough departure from Jepsen's '80s-inspired Kiss LP, add in folk music as another influence. "I'm just letting myself experiment," she added. "I've been writing folk songs. Interesting things have happened... I think you can expect the unexpected for this next record."

No time frame is set for the new record, which isn't surprising: Jepsen is still in the midst of playing an adorable Cinderella on Broadway.