Carly Rae Jepsen Recorded and Scrapped a Secret Disco Album Before “Dedicated”

In a peak Cancer season confession, pop diva Carly Rae Jepsen has revealed that she wrote, recorded, and trashed an entire studio album before releasing Dedicated this past May.

Speaking to San Francisco Weekly, the Canadian pop singer surprised fans by name-dropping Disco Sweat, an ABBA-inspired, ’70s-style pop album she’d recorded and scrapped before it ever saw the light of day.

“I had an album I named Disco Sweat that will probably never be released, and shouldn’t,” Jepsen told the magazine. “I started off with a very strong intention to make an understated disco, living room dance party thing. I think that came from going to Sweden and really digging into some ABBA stuff. Then exploring the ’70s. I did ’80s last time, maybe I’ll do this. But it was never that simple.”

In lieu of Disco Sweat, Jepsen recorded and released Dedicated, her fourth studio album and follow-up to 2015’s hit Emotion. The proud LGBTQ ally preceeded the album with “Party for One,” a feel-good pop single, back in November 2018.

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“I ended up getting out of a rut,” she added, segueing into discussing Dedicated, “and [I] found some songs that were a little ’90s that I wanted to include—a little something that made more sense than this Disco Sweat, that will be buried in my backyard.”

Grab your shovels, ladies, ’cause we’re ready to go digging for Disco Sweat.

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