(Photo: Adam Young of Owlcity)
Who would have thought uploading your songs to myspace could make you a popular singer.
Owlcity, an American synthpop music project by Adam Young started making his own music at his parent’s basement in Owatonna, Minesota while he worked at Coca-cola warehouse turning to music as a result of his insomnia. He uploaded his music to Myspace and received popularity from music lovers over the net. His talent finally got the attention of Universal Republic back in 2007 . Prior to that, Universal Republic released an EP titled Of June, followed by the 2008 release of the album Maybe I’m Dreaming. Of June reached #20 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, and Maybe I’m Dreaming peaked on the same chart at #16.
Owl City’s first two records were released while Young was unsigned. In early 2009, music industry website “Crazed Hits” leaked that Owl City signed with the major label Universal Republic.
His 3rd album, Ocean Eyes was released on iTunes July 14, 2009, with the physical release following on July 28, 2009. The album debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200. Owl City has released four singles, “Hello Seattle”, “Hot Air Balloon”, “Strawberry Avalanche”, and “Fireflies”. “Fireflies” topped the US and Canadian charts and became the most-downloaded song on iTunes in the US. Ocean Eyes reached the top ten on the US album charts and topped the US electronic charts and also reached Amazon MP3’s top 10 most downloaded album list. By December 2009, it was certified Gold in the United States. On 24 January 2010, Owl City reached the number 1 spot in the UK Top 40 Singles chart with “Fireflies”.
On Monday, December 7, 2009 Owl City was shortlisted as one of the 15 acts for the BBC Sound of 2010.
Enjoy Owlcity’s Fireflies music video…