Carly Rae Jepsen: Justin Bieber's 'doing the best he can', new album influenced by folk music

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If Justin Bieber is melting down, the person who had been his opening act through a big part of the last year certainly hasn't noticed. Carly Rae Jepsen, who shot to fame after winning "Canadian Idol" and releasing the hit single "Call Me Maybe," has been with Justin throughout much of the European and North American dates of the Believe tour.

When asked by Billboard about Justin's downward spiral, Jepsen offers, "I actually am so out of the loop on any of that, to be honest." That's not to say everyone doesn't grill her about it, though. "People are constantly, like, 'Is Justin OK?' I've not really noticed any of that," she says. "I feel like Justin's a guy who's working hard every day, and I think the media can sometimes be a little brutal with stuff and over-exaggerate things. But I stand by him. I support him. I think he's a good guy, and he's doing the best he can."

What part of losing a monkey in Germany is over-exaggerating? Regardless, Jepsen is standing by her fellow Canadian.

Justin's tour is wrapping up a month-long break, before kicking off another U.S. leg in San Diego, Cal. on June 22. Carly has been using the downtime to work on a new album, the followup to 2012's "Kiss." She's keeping most of it under wraps, but does have a few tidbits to share. She points to Robyn and La Roux, among others, as the pop artists she counts among her favorites at the moment and adds that there's "a folky side in my blood."

She credits her parents for exposing her to folk music growing, and hopes to put some of that influence into her new songs. That's what stands out about her personal, favorite pop singers, she says. "They don't do just your regular kind of pop songs,"

As for when to expect this new work, there is no relese date. Jepsen is headed back on the road, though. She won't be going out with Bieber this time, instead she'll be on her own, playing festivals and solo dates throughout the summer. Perhaps fans will get to sample some of her new music, live.
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