Young, along with Jewel and Jay Sean, released a song in promotion of the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign by ConAgra Foods entitled «Here’s Hope». On April 17, 2012, «Dementia», a song by Young which was intended to be included on his upcoming album leaked onto the internet. The song features additional vocals by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182.
Young announced that a new EP, Shooting Star, was to be released on May 15 and would feature four songs off his upcoming album, so that fans a could get clear taste of what the album would sound like.[ On May 24, 2012, Young announced on Twitter that Owl City’s fourth studio album would be titled The Midsummer Station,[ and that it would be released on August 14, 2012, worldwide, apart from in the United Kingdom where it would be released on September 17, 2012.On June 21, 2012, Young announced that the release date of the album would be pushed back to August 21, 2012, but the UK release date would remain the same.[n July 12, 2012, Young announced via Twitter that the UK release date would be pushed forward to August 20, 2012.
Young announced via Twitter that he would be collaborating with Carly Rae Jepsen on a new song, claiming that it would be released on June 26, 2012. On June 20, 2012, he released the single, «Good Time», via his SoundCloud account.[ense that he’s joined by Jepsen…a track that could become a radio staple for the rest of the summer,nd Entertainment Weekly: «‘Good Time’ goes down easier than a frozen margarita at a beachfront tiki bar.»[Good Time» was written by Matt Thiessen, Brian Lee and Young himself
On August 8, Young announced through his email newsletter that he would be holding a «Release Day Listening Party» on August 21.[
On August 18, Young released a small clip of a studio version of «I Hope You Think of Me». The following day, August 19, Young also released two demo songs: «Beautiful Mystery» and «Paper Tigers»
On October 5, the single «When Can I See You Again?», from the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, was release
On November 6, the EP Good Time (Remixes) was released, featuring many remixes, including one from Young himself.
In mid-2012, Universal announced that subsidiary Universal Republic Records would be closed down, with the label’s entire roster being transferred to Republic Records; as a result, all future Owl City material will be released on Republic Records
In December 2012, Adam Young released a cover of the Art Garfunkel song «Bright Eyes» from the film Watership Down and released it to his SoundCloud page; he had previously cited Watership Down as one of his favorite books,[stating, «Probably the book that is super inspiring is a book called Watership Down by Richard Adams. It’s from the late 70s, about talking rabbits, and it’s a very grounded-in-reality book. It’s not a kids’ book, but it has to do with these talking rabbits and their adventure, and there’s a lot of metaphors and crazy stuff. And that’s always been a very inspiring thing. If ever I’m feeling dry, or going through writer’s block or something, I just even leaf through some pages of that book and I’m like ‘Whoa, I have to go make music!'»