The massive success of Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 hit "Call Me Maybe" posed "a huge challenge" for the creation of her second album, the pop star told HuffPost Live on Monday.
"I'll be honest: Yeah, there definitely was a moment where I felt a little bit like, 'Wow, this song ['Call Me Maybe'] is working, it's working, it's working -- stop working!" she told host Nancy Redd. "Because we were just trying to put out the next single, and there was so much attention to this one thing that we almost couldn't beat it."
The song, which blasted Jepsen into the zeitgeist after a video of Justin Bieber lip-syncing the single went viral, was a "wonderful gift," but it led the songstress to think critically about her future in music.
"There was a moment or two -- a few months, I think -- where I was sort of like, 'I don't know, I have a desire to rebel this in a big way. I have a desire to kind of stay paralyzed,'" she said.
At the urging of close friends, Jepsen braved the studio and fought against self-doubt to record her latest album, "E*MO*TION," which has gone on to be critically lauded.
"Every time my mind would go in a negative way, I'd redirect it back to that spot of it just being at a wonderful thing, and I took my time," she explained. "I didn't rush it, and I finally waited until I felt like I had songs that I was more proud of than anything I'd made so far."
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