INTERVIEW: Airport Encounter Leads to Carly Rae Jepsen/LMFAO Collaboration

You’ve heard many stories about artists linking up at award shows, after parties, and festivals only to eventually collaborate on a song together. But for Carly Rae Jepsen, she became friendly with LMFAO’s RedFoo at a much different location: Los Angeles International Airport.


“I kinda got a little swarmed with paparazzi and some fans,” recalled Jepsen when she called in to “The Ralphie Show.” “I didn’t really know how to handle it at the time, but ‘Foo’ was there with his security guard, and he came over and saved me.”

The artists, who share a home through Interscope Records, were heading in separate directions, but exchanged numbers. After countless text messages and e-mails between the two and Jepsen’s boyfriend Matthew Koma, “This Kiss” was written and produced. The track serves as the third single from Kiss.

Jepsen told me that she looks back on how her U.S. debut album came together, and she knows that there is no way she could duplicate the exact process a second time. Certainly she won’t be traveling to LAX without security anytime soon.

“I’m very well prepared now,” the “Call Me Maybe” singer said. “It was definitely a crazy transition from, yunno knowing that I could go traveling by myself to realizing that that was no longer a totally safe thing to do.”

Speaking of safe things, Jepsen is currently traveling as Justin Bieber’s supporting act on the “Believe Tour.” The Biebs found out the hard way that milk and spaghetti is not a safe bet before performing. Jepsen said that contrary to the singer’s claim, she never knew the two as a “Canadian thing.”

“I’m a little bit more of a… I favor red wine,” the singer said. “I do love my spaghetti.”

And before you question it, yes, Jepsen is well above the legal drinking age in both countries. She turns 27 in November.

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