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Huntsville police spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts said the case is being investigated and that the publicity has neither helped nor hurt.

On a recent Friday, the “Bed Intruder Song” was No. 38 on iTunes in the Pop category, surpassing performances by Usher, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Drake and Katy Perry.

Dodson has done radio shows for audiences in Australia, has fans in London and is constantly stopped by people around town.

Evan Gregory said the phenomenon has been an empowering moment for Dodson’s family.

“It showed Antoine in a position of strength and courage,” he said. “The message he had … was one of righteous anger. That’s what really ended up coming through in the song. People kind of connected to that.”

Another big part of Dodson’s life these days is getting control of his image, especially with all the opportunities coming his way _ both good and bad. When he wanted to start a website, he found that his name had already been bought. “Bed Intruder” is being played at nightclubs _ and Dodson wants his cut.

“This is so crazy,” Dodson said. “I can’t believe this is happening. But I like it. I like the attention. Before all this, people didn’t really care about us.”

Just then, Dodson’s cell phone rings.

The ringtone? His song, of course.

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Online:

Antoine Dodson YouTube website: http://www.youtube.com/antoinedodson24

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