Carly Rae Jepsen Doesn't Want to Be Too Poppy Plus More Insider Scoop

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Carly Rae Jepsen photographed in 2015.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe -- Just Don't Call Me Pop

?The standout song on Carly Rae Jepsen's forthcoming third album, Emotion -- which leaked online earlier in July after being released in Japan -- almost didn't happen. Why? Because it was too poppy -- even for the singer behind the irresistible "Call Me Maybe," which ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks in 2012. Walking around Lower Manhattan with Overheard, Jepsen said the disco-flavored "Boy Problems" -- which was co-written by Sia, Greg Kurstin and Tavish Crowe -- was nearly left out because it sounds "just like the last album," she explained. (That would be Kiss, which, in addition to "Maybe," spawned the top 10 Hot 100 hit "Good Times" with Owl City.) Many critics have already pegged "Boy Problems" as the set's centerpiece, which Jepsen, 29, finds "funny," given that it was close to not seeing the light of day. Emotion will be released globally on Aug. 21 and features additional collaborations with Shellback, Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid.

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Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London. 

Conor McGregor's Secret To Success

Sinéad O'Connor might want to get used to traveling to UFC featherweight Conor McGregor's bouts. The Irish fighter has used O'Connor's recorded versions of "She Moved Through the Fair" and the classic Irish fight song "The Foggy Dew" to announce his entrance into the ring at matches, but for his title match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 12, O'Connor sang the latter tune live. Staind singer Aaron Lewis performed "Country Boy" for American opponent Chad Mendes, but apparently it wasn't rousing enough: McGregor won in the second round.

This story originally appeared in the July 25 issue of Billboard.