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Carly Rae Jepsen Adds Some Smooth Jazz Sax to Wham's 'Last Christmas'

Despite what some people might say about it, I have a soft spot for Wham!’s “Last Christmas” and all covers that have followed it. It’s such a terrible Christmas song, mostly because it doesn’t make a ton of sense—the singer is upset because he/she was broken up with the day after Christmas, and this year they’d like…

Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Boy Problems' Is a Beautiful Gay Song of Discovery

In the starry-eyed, regressive wonderland that is Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album E • MO • TION, “Boy Problems”—which almost got tossed off the tracklist!—stands out for a couple of reasons. Written by Sia and Greg Kurstin and filtered through Carly Rae’s enthusiastically spellbound pastel vox, the track has a hustle, a…

Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion: Ebullient Love Songs For the Everygal

After Carly Rae Jepsen’s enormous 2012 hit “Call Me Maybe,” it seemed like the Canadian pop star would be relegated to one-hit wonder territory. The album it spurred, Kiss, never produced a single as big, plus the ubiquity of “Maybe” is difficult to top and lightning that cheesy doesn’t strike twice. But what Jepsen…

Carly Rae Jepsen's New Music Video Is a Found-Footage Horror Film

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” isn’t going to be this year’s song of the summer, but it’s reasonably enjoyable and fairly catchy (if, like me, you have listened to it several times in a row). The video for the song, however, is a different story. Shot with a shaky cam and featuring enough “is that a ghost?”…

Beyond 'Trap Queen': Our Predictions for the Songs of the Summer

At the time of this writing, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” is holding strong as the second most popular song in the country, having been on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past 17 weeks straight. There is little doubt that once summer hits in full force and more radio stations add it to rotation, it will supplant Wiz…

This Carly Rae Jepsen/Trent Reznor Mashup Is a Hardcore Delight

When you think Carly Rae Jepsen, you think annoyingly catchy melodies and sugary lyrics that rely heavily on their face value. What you don’t think, or at least I didn’t, is “man, Carly Rae’s new song will sound so hard mashed up with Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like a Hole.’” But you know what? I really, really like it!

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I Demand That You Listen to This Perfect Carly Rae Jepsen Remix

I really, really, really, really, really wish this was the radio edit! Recycle Culture is Erik Moline's DIY project, whose aesthetic is summed up nicely in the title of a 2013 single: "Blank Babe Blissed Out in the House of Surreality." As it were, that phrase also sums up Carly Rae Jepsen's musical sweet spot (as…