We spotlight American electronic music project “Owl City” on our #AOTW

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Adam Young attends the AOL BUILD Speaker Series: "Owl City" at AOL Studios In New York on July 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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Owl City is an American electronic music project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is one of several projects by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young. Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents’ basement. 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.

 

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”. The album was certified Platinum in the United States in April 2010.

 

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. 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”.

 

No. 4. Fireflies: The debut single from American electronica project Owl City’s album Ocean Eyes. Frontman Adam Young wrote and produced the track, with Matt Thiessen also producing and providing guest vocals. Young described the song as “a little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night.

Adam Randal Young (born July 5, 1986) is Owl City’s founder and only constant member. He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa and raised in Owatonna, Minnesota, where he graduated from Owatonna Senior High School and then found work at a Coca-Cola shipping warehouse. He began composing melodies in his head while working, which he would then record in his studio in his parents’ basement.

 

Young is a devout Christian and stated that his faith is the only thing more important to him than music.[8] He has described himself as introverted and believes he has symptoms of Asperger syndrome; however, it has not been diagnosed.

 

No. 3. Alligator Sky: The Song is Off the third studio album All Things Bright and Beautiful. It was released as the lead single from the album on April 12, 2011.

 

No. 2. Verge feat. Aloe Blacc. Off the Mobile Orchestra Album released in 2015.

See performance from some of the songs from the album:

The Record of the Year Record of the Year Won
2012 VEVOCertified Awards 100,000,000 Views “Good Time” Won
Billboard Japan Music Awards Hot Top Airplay of the Year Won
Digital & Airplay Overseas of the Year Won
   
2013 VEVOCertified Awards 100,000,000 Views “Fireflies” Won

 

No. 1. Good Time feat. Carly Rae Jepsen
Won The Hot Top Airplay of the year at the 2012 Billboard Japan Music Awards. The track was released as the lead single from Owl City‘s 2012 album, The Midsummer Station and was used as the second single from Jepsen‘s second studio album, Kiss.

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