Three years ago, teen-pop phenom Carly Rae Jepsen scored a massive breakthrough hit with “Call Me Maybe,” a dance-pop dedication to an inconvenient whirlwind meet-cute. But the singer sounds more confident in her romantic feelings with new single “I Really Like You.” “I really, really, really, really, really, really like you,” she tells her crush over seductive synth-pads and booming digital drums.
The Canadian singer-songwriter released her second studio album, the “Maybe”-spawning Kiss, in 2012. Though she followed up the track with several additional singles – including “This Kiss” and the Owl City collaboration “Good Time” – none arrived with the same impact as her first worldwide smash.
But Jepsen’s manager, Scooter Braun, believes that lightning will strike twice with “I Really Like You,” which was co-written and produced by pop hitmaker Peter Svensson. “I told her that she couldn’t come out with anything unless it was on the level of ‘Call Me Maybe,'” he told Billboard in January. “And, now we have a new one that is on that level.”
Jepsen hasn’t set a firm release date for her upcoming third LP, which is tentatively due out this summer. Though it’s unclear which all-star collaborations will make the final tracklist, the singer has posted Instagram photos of studio sessions with artists like Tegan and Sara, Jack Antonoff, Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid.
Besides working on that long-awaited follow-up, Jepsen has stayed busy as a gay rights activist and performing as the iconic title character in a 2014 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.