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FOX is inching ever so close to completing the cast for its ambitious live production of Grease. Today’s announcement includes two Pink Ladies and a T-Bird.

Fresh off her Broadway stint as Cinderella, Carly Rae Jepsen has been tapped to play everyone’s favorite beauty school dropout. The 29-year-old will don a pink wig to play Frenchy. Absolutely inspired casting if you ask me.

The “Run Away With You” singer joins previously announced cast members Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and Keke Palmer as Marty.

Find out how Jessie J is involved after the jump, along with two more casting announcements.

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While fun. is on hiatus, Jack Antonoff formed another indie pop act, Bleachers. Their debut album, Strange Desire, was released last year, spawning the singles “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” which both cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Alternative chart. The 31-year-old guitarist has come up with a brilliant companion covers album for his band’s debut album.

Titled Terrible Thrills Vol. 2, the album features an all female reimagining of the original tracks. He’s enlisted an impressive roster of ladies including Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia, Sara Bareilles, MO, Charli XCX and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. He even snagged Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles to contribute. Amazing!!!

“I love female voices,” Jack wrote on his Twitter. “i wish i had one. when i write songs i typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so i can hit the notes. that’s why so many bleachers’ songs are sung so low. i could change the key but i like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. so with that in mind i wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways i originally heard it in my head before i recorded and sang it. i think it’s important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. i hear my music as my interpretation of a song I’m writing as a female in my head, so i wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.”

If you’re wondering why this LP is labeled Vol. 2, it’s because Antonoff did the same thing with his former band, Steel Train. That covers album featured the talents of Tegan and Sara and Scarlett Johansson to name a couple.

Personally, it’s a brilliant concept. Dare I say, I like the songs much better now with female vocals. The Tinashe, Sia and Charli XCX tracks are my favorites. Give them a listen below.

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Poor Carly Rae Jepsen. She’ll most likely forever be overlooked due to the enormous success of “Call Me Maybe.” No matter what she does, the Canadian singer will be associated with bubblegum pop, despite experimenting with new sounds.

Warm Blood” is a departure from her usual pop fare. She shines on this new track as she coos over a simmering electro baseline. It’s another highlight off her forthcoming E-MO-TION LP.

Check out another winner from the highly-underrated Carly Rae below. I love it.

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If this doesn’t bring Carly Rae Jepsen back to the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, nothing will. This Shellback-produced track is beyond infectious. Personally, “Run Away With Me” should’ve been the lead cut off her E-MO-TION album. The problem with the underperforming “I Really Like You” was it was trying to hard to replicate “Call Me Maybe.” Nothing will ever come close to that pop gem.

While a big budget music video would’ve been nice for “Run Away With Me,” the home-video inspired vibe is adorable. The 29-year-old singer shares her playful adventures while visiting Paris, New York and Tokyo. Jepsen definitely has the ‘cute’ market cornered. She looks euphoric and without a care in the world in the clip. Maybe it’s because Tom Hanks is nowhere to be found in this one ;) Check it out below.

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Run Away With Carly Rae Jepsen On Awesome New Track

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After her critically well-received single “I Really Like You” underperformed, I thought the Canadian chanteuse was dunzo. It appears Carly Rae Jepsen has a little more fight left in her. Her latest track off her forthcoming album E-MO-TION is legitimately sensational.

Run Away With Me” is pure pop perfection. From the sax intro to the shimmery pop production, the 80s-tinged throwback is undeniably catchy. Why the Shellback-produced single is being released in Japan this week and not til August 21 in North America is insane. A video treatment needs to happen ASAP. Give it a listen below.

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If “I Really Like You” couldn’t catapult Carly Rae Jepsen back into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, nothing will. That catchy track received a huge promotional push and all it managed to do was peak at No. 39. I feel the Canadian singer will forever remain in the dreaded ‘one-hit wonder‘ category.

With all that being said, I’m glad she’s still forging ahead. She just released a new iTunes countdown single to promote the release of her new album, Emotion. It just happens to be the title track.

Emotion” is an 80s-tinged mid-tempo track that finds Jepsen, singing about that elusive boy once again. Girl is always horned up ;) Give her latest a listen below. I actually quite like it.

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Maybe it’s because I’m a child of a certain decade, but I adore disco. Even when it wasn’t en vogue, I loved anything from the 70s. Naturally, this neo-disco movement that’s emerged in the past few years is right up my alley.

NYC duo The Knocks transform Carly Rae Jepsen’s 80s-tinged ballad into a slinky disco masterpiece. I can’t get enough.

The Knocks are slaying it these days. Their current hit “Classic” featuring Powers is a favorite, along with their recently-released collaboration with Alex Newell “Collect My Love.” I’m obsessed with these guys. Give their latest a spin below.

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The fact “I Really Like You” isn’t a Top 10 hit yet is very surprising. The infectious pop track has an insanely catchy hook and feel-good vibe much like Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakout hit “Call Me Maybe.” To boot, it’s been very well received critically. Not afraid to admit that it’s my guilty pop pleasure currently.

Thanks to a viral lip dub featuring Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Lance Bass and a slew of other celebrities, the track cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 this week. With a brand new remix bundle available on May 5, it’s bound to make some damage at the clubs and on Billboard’s dance chart as well. Check out this wicked poppy dance remix below crafted by Liam Keegan.

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