ONTD Original: How Carly Rae Jepsen Inspired Taylor Swift

Both singers have been slammed for making "kiddie pop," looking eternally 14, and their inability to sing and dance. It's a shame that their fanbases don't get along. They're looking a lot alike lately with their blunt bangs, curly blonde hair, and sudden interest in fashion. Here's how Carly Rae Jepsen inspired Taylor Swift to cross over into mainstream pop.

Case A: E•MO•TION Vs. 1989

Carly Rae Jepsen started working on Emotion in 2013. She desperately wanted to break away from "Call Me Maybe. She was clearly inspired by 80s artists such as Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. She began working with a plethora of mainstream and indie collaborators such as Sia, Dev Hynes, Stargate, Benny Blanco, and Max Martin, who also worked with Swift on 1989. Carly almost worked with Shellback (who's credited on Taylor's Reputation - HMMM!) but that fell through.

In this video, Carly explains how the 80s inspired both Emotion.

"I've always been attracted to the 80s. I think you can even hear that on Kiss. I showed the beginning demos of my work to my publisher and he's like, 'You're making an 80s album,' and I was like, 'Oh yeah.' He said, 'We gotta send you to the UK and maybe even Sweden to work with people who were part of that era when it first began and see if you jive with them,' and it was the best decision. I felt like my album went up a step."



Taylor Swift started to work on 1989 in 2012 after Red didn't win AOTY at the Grammys. She didn't know what she wanted to release, but she wanted an album that was different from its predecessor. She finally had a new sound in mind around 2013. She listened to a lot of pop music from the late 80s as a source of inspiration. She didn't name any artists in particular, but she loved the risks they were taking at that time. Her personal style wasn't very 80s-inspired except for wearing a flock of seagulls on a sweatshirt. Unlike Carly, Taylor wanted to work with less people on this album because she wanted a cohesive album.

"This is a much smaller group of people I worked with on 1989. I did that because I wanted this album to be more sonically cohesive than Red was. I was very proud of Red for a lot of reasons. One of the things that I wanted to work on for this new album was that I wanted it to have its own sound that was not all over the place. The sonic inspiration for this album really kind of harkens back to the sounds of late 80s pop. I loved how they would be so experimental. They would take so many risks. You look at that time in pop music and in pop culture and in fashion. Everyone seems to be kind of bucking the system. Everybody kind of was like, 'Well, we'll wear neon. You gotta say we can't? We're gonna act how we want, love who we want, be who we want, say what we want,' and so I was very inspired by this album to have flickers of 80s synth-pop in there. And that's because I loved how people were living their lives."



Case B: Working with Jack Antonoff

Lorde isn't the only pop girl who's crazy about Jack Antonoff. Carly and Taylor both love working with him on their music. Back in March 2017, Carly revealed that she was working with him on her upcoming album, allegedly titled 99 Cent Dreams. She posted about him several times on her Instagram without blurring the lines between professional and personal like a certain someone .....





The two previously worked on Carly's Emotion album, but Antonoff's tracks didn't make the cut. She provide vocals for The Bleachers' song "Shadow," off their album Strange Desire. Carly said her next album is "disco-inspired" and we're still waiting!

Jack also worked with Taylor on her new album, Reputation. He's credited on the tracks "Look What You Made Me Do," "Getaway Car," "Dress," "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," "Call It What You Want," and "New Year's Day."



Case C: Delicate Vs Favourite Colour

The first few seconds of Delicate sound similar to Favourite Colour. Both songs also have an 80s vibe to them. Delicate is a song that wonders if a relationship is moving too fast. Favourite Colour also talks about falling hard and fast for someone.





Case D: Rainbow Sequin Dress, Short Curly Hair, Blunt Bangs

As stated before, the singers are rocking similar looks lately. Carly's been growing her hair out, and so has Taylor. Both have been rocking shaggy hair with bangs that has their fans wanting their old hairstyles back. Taylor has been wearing this rainbow sequin dress a lot, as evidenced in her Reputation magazines and in her new music video for "End Game." The dress is by Ashish and retails for $2,000 and is currently sold out.



Carly rocked a similar look on Instagram. The photo appears to be from a professional photo shoot. Carly's dress is from Amen and retails for $1,386.00 and is also sold out. Who's inspired by who? Some would say that Taylor got the rainbow idea from Carly's Emotion album cover.






The rainbow sweater is from Valentino and is currently sold out. Carly's impact!

Do you see the similarities between Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen?

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