Owl City's Album Art Also Unoriginal

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Oh my god, I am so affected, and I write music that makes all the 12 year old girls cry. My name is Adam Young, and I am Owl City
​Fresh on the heels of Nicki Escudero announcing a new Owl City date this April comes the news that perhaps Adam Young likes to plagiarize more than just musical styles. Like Nicki before me, I will try not to take a crap all over AdamYoung/Owl City -- okay, maybe not. It was revealed today, through some super sleuthing on Flickr and Stereogum, that Adam Young "borrowed," if you will, someone's original art for his Ocean Eyes booklet. For those keeping count, that means the man's music style and art -- not to mention haircut and vintage t-shirt obsession -- are wholly unoriginal. More insight into why Adam Young does this, plus the borrowed art in question, after the jump.

Here we can see the original picture, taken by Ben Eubank (flickr user benisntfunny):
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The original artwork taken by Ben Eubank

















Now, I present booklet page 2 from Owl City's most recent album Ocean Eyes:
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And here is Adam Young's totally wussified version of the same picture
As you can clearly see, Young just up and took Eubank's photo and made it is own, not before adding a nice little star and some cute Northern Lights-esque shading. This whole ordeal is pretty brutal for Adam Young, considering he has openly admitted to ripping off The Postal Service. Yet, the dude is hugely popular and is three albums deep -- none of his fans give a shit about his "borrowing" ways. Those same fans are also super religious. Go figure.

I could go on and on about how tame and uninspired Adam Young's music is, but I will leave you with this: type "owl," hell type just "ow," into a google search and see what your first result is. Adam Young is not going anywhere, so everyone will just have to get used to the way he conducts his business. Just make sure you keep checking to see if your photos or musical accomplishments are out there being "represented" by someone else.

UPDATE: It appears that Ben Eubank got compensated for his photo. Those Owl City fans just finding this post -- originally posted January 5 -- can now calm down. When I originally posted this, Eubank had not yet been compensated for his photo. Sorry for any confusion. I now understand that the earlier situation has been rectified. However, Adam Young still ripped off Ben Eubank's photo -- he just finally paid the guy.
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zack
zack

sounds like the postal service... you say it like it's a bad thing. his music does sound a lot alike the postal service, but it has happier lyrics and a more energetic feel to it. Also, i like his music and i'm athiest, so it's not like relilgion has anything to do with liking music...

Bobholems12345
Bobholems12345

why are you complaining that owl city is popular? people like his music, he'll keep on making it, and nobody cares that you don't like him.don't you have better things to do?

Brielle of Owl City
Brielle of Owl City

You have to be BORN with the ability to understand Adam Young's music. So if you don't have the talent, shut up and go listen to the heavy metal that you're into and leave us owlers alone.

Guest
Guest

I guess I am commenting on an article that is kinda old. I just wanted to see what the guy looked like, did a Google search, and came up with this. I agree that his music is not incredibly original, but it is fairly pleasant. It is relaxing, upbeat, positive and completely innocent-- as opposed to the stupid shit turned out by artists like Nikki Minaj, 3OH!3, Justin Timberlake, etc., etc... I would much rather have my children listening to something like this-- something that hasn't reduced love and romance to sexual permiscuity and materialism. (For the record, I am not a Christian.)

Guest
Guest

Is Adam Young or the graphic designer to blame? I seriously doubt he did the work himself, he probably paid someone to do it...

Yvonne_sanchezp
Yvonne_sanchezp

i think that he just saw a photo and wanted to make it better in a way but if you really hate this guy LEAVE HIM ALONE!!! i support him all the way

Jalica
Jalica

It doesn't matter where owl city got his music, art, and style from. I still love his songs!!!

Idiotfuckyou
Idiotfuckyou

Wow, the writer of this article if a fucking idiot. Of course Owl City will pop up in Google when you simply type "Ow", because Google indexes your recent searches and gives effing tips dependent upon what you have previously searched for. Fucking moron.

Cobaltstorms
Cobaltstorms

To the asshat that wrote this article,you have a lot of hate towards Adam Young, I see. I couldn't even finish reading this because of how stupid it was. "OHHHH NOOOOOOO, HE LIKES T-SHIRTS AND HAS A-A HAIIRRRCUUTTTT!" People are allowed to do these things, you know. People are also allowed to write inspiring music. He is my a wonderful person, in my opinion. I honestly think typing this is a waste of my time, but since I already typed it, I might as well finish it. I tried listening to The Postal Service. I couldn't do it. Most techno songs SOUND similar, but it doesn't mean they are exactly the same. The 2nd picture of the city looks much better, I'm glad it was redone. Have a nice life hating on this man, you are also wasting your time.

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