1. Owl City is an American electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is one of several projects by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young.
2. Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents’ basement.
3. Owl City developed a following on the social networking site MySpace, like many musicians who achieved success in the late 2000s, before signing with Universal Republic Records, now Republic Records, in 2008.
4. After two independent releases, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album Ocean Eyes, which includes the six-time platinum single “Fireflies”.
5. The album was certified platinum in the United States in April 2010.
6. In June 2011, Owl City released its third studio album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, which was followed by The Midsummer Station in August 2012.
7. Owl City has recorded songs for several animated films, including Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wreck-It Ralph, The Croods and The Smurfs 2. Owl City also has released several charting singles, most notably “Good Time” and “Fireflies”.
8. Suffering from insomnia while working loading Coca-Cola trucks in his hometown Owatonna, Minnesota, Adam Young began to compose music, recording with a C-1 Behringer Microphone.
9. Of June reached No.15 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, and Maybe I’m Dreaming peaked on the same chart at No.13.
10. The viral phenomenon that was building through Myspace caught the attention of Universal Republic presidents Avery and Monte Lipman who approached Young with a view to signing the artist. Republic recommended Young partner up with 27-year-old manager Steve Bursky of Foundations Artist Management and the two began working together in late 2008.
11. When later asked by HitQuarters why the label chose him for a major label act given his relative inexperience, Bursky said:
12. Owl City’s label deal with Universal Republic was finally confirmed in February 2009. According to Bursky there was initially some disagreement about the direction Owl City should follow, telling HitQuarters: “They were ready to send him into the studio with big producers and polish him up to try to become this thing that he wasn’t.
13. But we put our foot down and said, ‘Look, the reason you signed this kid is because it’s working.
14. Whatever it is about him his music, his interaction with his fans, his brilliance in the online space these things are connecting with people, and as soon as you change that you lose what’s special about this artist.’
15. Ocean Eyes, Owl City’s major label debut, was released on iTunes on July 14, 2009, with the physical release following on July 28, 2009.
16. Owl City released three singles from this album: “Umbrella Beach”, “Vanilla Twilight” and “Fireflies”. “Fireflies” topped the US and Canadian charts.
17. Ocean Eyes reached the top ten on the US album charts, topped the US electronic charts, and also reached Amazon MP3’s top 10 most downloaded album list.
18. By April 2010, it was certified Platinum in the United States. On January 24, 2010, Owl City reached the No.1 spot in the UK Top 40 Singles chart with “Fireflies”.