In today’s world of radio ready music, there’s very little originality hitting the waves. Musicians are constantly under fire for borrowing or outright stealing melodies, and for the most part it goes unnoticed or unmentioned. However, in a recent lawsuit issued by singer/songwriter Allyson Nichole Burnett, it looks like Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young will have some explaining to do to the courts for their recent summer hit, “Good Time.” Check out more details after the jump. Continue reading ‘Carly Rae Jepsen, Adam Young Sued Over Alleged “Good Time” Theft’
Today’s new albums are an eclectic batch in the world of pop! Looks like female vocalists are taking over this week.
The Killers - Battle Born (9/17)
The band’s fourth LP after their year-and-a-half hiatus.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss (9/18)
The Canadian popstar’s sophomore album after skyrocketing to fame earlier this year with her smash hit of the summer “Call Me Maybe.”
Last year, Owl City was riding a huge wave of success, buoyed by a multi-album major label deal and collaborations with GRAMMY award–winning producers. It was hard to imagine that Adam Young’s star could rise any higher. Leave it to him to prove us wrong. Since we last spoke to the singer-songwriter, his electropop project has gotten even bigger. He recently teamed up with pop queen of the moment Carly Rae Jepsen to record “Good Time,” a chart–topping summer smash, and released his fourth studio album, The Midsummer Station in August. We caught up with Young to chat about the collaborative process with Jepsen, his love of Dutch DJs, and his literary inspirations.
OS: “Good Time” was a huge hit this past summer. Did you go into the studio with that goal in mind, and how did the process of collaboration work?
AY: I definitely didn’t expect the reception the song has been getting. It is an honor when you see and hear such positive feedback. Carly was an absolute pleasure to work with. It turned out she was a fan of my music and our managers knew each other, so I asked her to be on the song, sent her the stems, and within a day she sent her parts back to me.
OS: “Good Time” has the lyric “What’s up with this Prince song inside my head?” Which song are you referring to? As a fellow Minnesotan, are you a Prince fan?
AY: “Purple Rain” and yes, massive fan. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Owl City Talks EDM, Touring, and Purple Rain’
Widely known for his breakthrough single, “Fireflies”, Owl City has mentioned the possibility of recording a “screamo rock” album in the future. The electronica act, whose real name is Adam Young, told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that he “grew up wanting to do nothing else except that. I haven’t had a chance to do it, and do it right.” Young is releasing his fourth album on Aug. 21 titled The Midsummer Station, featuring collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry/Kelly Clarkson producer Dr. Luke, and Rihanna/Ne-Yo co-writing team Stargate. “Growing up I was really into the whole underground, obscure, artsy, heavy, screamo, chaotic, angry angst music. I love it. That was my thing – that’s what I identified with.”
Young expressed concern with whether or not his fans would take to the new project and the drastic change in style. “I feel like I could do it right. Do it all myself and record it all and make it sound good. It’s tempting. It might go over the heads of my fans but it might open some new doors and that’s what it’s all about. Every now and again I need to put on one of my old records [that] make me feel that same thing. There’s a place for that.”
There’s no word yet on whether the Owatonna, Minnesota multi-instrumentalist would pull a Snoop Lion and take on a fiercer animal name (though our vote is for ‘Pterodactyl Town). You can watch Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for “Good Time” below.
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