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Lawsuit prevents Owatonna Owl City singer from collecting royalties


A lawsuit is holding up hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalty payments for Owl City front man Adam Young, TMZ reports.

Young, a Minnesota native from Owatonna, teamed with guest singer Carly Rae Jepsen for the pop hit "Good Times" in 2012. The song shot up the charts, earning the two singers more than $800,000 in royalties – but singer-songwriter Ally Burnett claims the song was a copyright infringement of her tune, "Ah, It's a Love Song."

Burnett appears to be willing to drop the suit, but as part of the reported agreement between the singer and the nonprofit performing rights organization BMI, $804,156 in royalties from the song will be placed in escrow. That means neither Young or Jepsen will be able to touch the money until the lawsuit is completely resolved.

"Good Time" soared up Billboard magazine's Hot 100 song chart in the summer of 2012, peaking at No. 8.

Fans can compare the alleged similarities between "Good Time" and "Ah, It's a Love Song" below.

Jepsen, who tours through Minnesota quite often, is taking on a different musical challenge this month when she replaces Eagan native Laura Osnes in the title role in Broadway's "Cinderella."

The "Call Me Maybe" singer begins her run as the iconic character Tuesday night, and will remain in the role for 12 weeks.

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