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Carly Rae Jepsen Talks Lil Yachty Collab And Upcoming Album

Carly Rae Jepsen blew us away with her rendition of the Canadian national anthem (and fierce new haircut) at the NHL All-Star Game last week, and it looks like she has even more exciting surprises in store.

This week, Jepsen talked to Entertainment Weekly about her surprising collaboration with teenage hip hop star Lil Yachty and “Black Beatles” producer Mike WiLL Made-It. Jepsen and Yachty recorded a cover of the 1988 Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock hit “It Takes Two” for a new Target ad, which will air during the Grammy Awards ceremony this Sunday. You can listen to a 30-second teaser of their cover below.

Jepsen and Yachty will also appear in the ad itself, which Jepsen told EW was a blast to film. When asked about what it was like to work with Lil Yachty, Jepsen said, “He was really shy at first, but as soon as we started cooking it was just all giggles the entire shoot. During a lot of the takes, I was just trying not to burst into laughter because of his impromptu dance moves.”

It’s no wonder that the on-set atmosphere was so positive—the video was choreographed by La La Land and So You Think You Can Dance’s Mandy Moore and directed by Roman Coppola, who has also directed music videos for Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys. With that much star power in one room, we’re expecting one impressive ad.

 

Jepsen also told EW that she’s working on her fourth studio album—her first since 2015’s 80s-influenced EMOTION—with producer Patrik Berger and Pontus Winnberg of the Swedish pop band Miike Snow. Jepsen admitted that the upcoming album will be very disco-influenced, something she hinted at last year in an interview with the Vancouver Sun. And although Jepsen told the Sun she was trying to channel ABBA and the Bee Gees, she says she’s getting a lot of musical inspiration from another disco legend—Donna Summer.

Jepsen has apparently travelled to Sweden four times so far to work on the album—which makes sense considering she’s written over 42 songs for it. “I can’t quite seem to just write eight or nine songs and call it a record,” said Jepsen. “I know that by the time I’m finished I’ll have a whole little catalog—the secret ones that nobody hears, and the ones that I feel are really special and put out there.”