Ally Burnett is an American singer and songwriter best known for song placements on MTV shows such as Jersey Shore, her theme song for MTV's The Seven, and her lawsuit against Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City for their song "Good Time". Before 2010, the solo artist went under the stage name Ally Cupcake.
Before breaking off as a solo artist in 2009, Burnett fronted power-pop groups such as Atlanta based band The Soundtrack. Her first solo release was her 2009 EP titled Talk of the Town, which was produced by former A Day to Remember band member Tom Denney. In 2010, Burnett began working with producer Rob Freeman (former guitarist of Hidden in Plain View). Together, they created The Takeover EP, which was released on April 6, 2010. After going under the name Ally Cupcake for several years, she dropped the "Cupcake" and started using her real surname.
In December 2010 and January 2011, Burnett released three new singles, also known as The Heartbreaker Sampler: "Heartbreaker", "It's Not Me (It's You)" and "If We're Being Honest". In 2012, Burnett released the five-song EP, So Close. So Far. produced by Rob Freeman. The EP features the anti-bullying song "We're All the Same". In November 2013, Burnett released yet another five-song EP, 27.
On November 1, 2012, it was reported that Burnett had begun legal action against singers Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Young of Owl City, writers Matt Thiessen and Brian Lee, Universal Music Group Inc., Songs Music Publishing LLC, and Schoolboy Records Inc. Burnett's lawsuit cited copyright infringement of her song "Ah, It's a Love Song", which was released on September 7, 2010 as the third track on The Takeover EP. The suit also claimed emotional and psychological damage related to "'uninformed fans' asking her why she copied the Carly Rae Jepsen/Owl City song." Jepsen settled but Owl City did not, winning $500,000 in damages.
Burnett's first placement came in 2009, when her song "Trouble Never Looked So Good" was featured on MTV's Paris Hilton: My New Bff (season 2). In 2010, Burnett co-wrote and performed the theme song for MTV's The Seven. Her songs "Creation of a Monster" and "The (Ex) Boyfriend Song" were featured on MTV's Jersey Shore season 2, episode 5, "The Letter". In February 2011, her song, "We Would've Broken Up Once You Heard This Song Anyway", was featured on season three of Jersey Shore episode 7, "Cabs Are Here". Her music has also been featured on The Hills and Friendzone.
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