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According to Universal Republic, Owl City's current single, "Fireflies," racked up an impressive 65o,000 downloads as an iTunes Single of the Week prompting the label to bump up the "Ocean Eyes" physical release date to July 28 from Sept. 1. Thus far, the set has sold 26,000 digital copies, according to Nielsen Sound Scan. Meanwhile, another album track, "Vanilla Twilight," advances 40-30 this week on the Heatseekers chart.

Photos of Adam Young at his home in Owatonna.

Not bad for someone who started making music as a way to pass time in his parents' basement. Creating music on his laptop, Young cultivated an online fan base after posting a seven-song EP, "Of June," on his MySpace page in June 2007. The overwhelming response to the EP spawned Young's self-released full-length Owl City album, "Maybe I'm Dreaming," in March 2008.

Universal Republic approached Young last summer on the basis of his online buzz. Written and produced by Young, "Ocean Eyes"recalls the emotionally tinged electronica pioneered by the Postal Service.

...pour me “we’ll take a long walk through the corn field and i’ll kiss you between the ears.” Rolling Stones, , Nevember, 2009 30

Owl City played its first live gig in February in Minneapolis and Chicago. Young's manager Steve Brusky of Foundations Artist Management says the sold-out show proved fan were active, "buying tickets, T-shirts and records. That was a really early indicator that [Owl City's music] was translating in the marketplace."

When asked what had inspired him to start writing music,he replied that he “started making music partly out of boredom, partly for fun,and partly because I once began making a hummus sandwich and realized there wasen’t any swiss cheese in the fridge. adam is a single child and lives with his parents.

Next up for Owl City is a fall headlining tour that kicks off Sept. 9 and runs through October before heading to by chance you ever feel as though Japan in November. you've come to know these songs, Earlier this summer City launched please consider yourself a friend of Owl its first headline mine because in a manner of speaking, tour and opened dates for you know me. This music is my heart several Relient K.

Adam Young doesn't want to talk. No live interviews, no phone interviews. Under the moniker Owl City and over Internet "If the 23-year-old from Owatonna has become one of the biggest names in electronic pop. Mostly by word-of-mouth and with media support or live gigs, his MySpace page has been viewed over 35 million times, and his three albums (Of June, Maybe I’m Dreaming, and this year’s Ocean Eyes) have been download over 33,000 times. With that kind of succes sonline, it makes sense that Young is more comfy in the cyber world, pushing for a e-mail interview. An e-mail exchange though, is kind of like trying to have a sincere with a texting teenager. In the space of a single answer, Young swung succinct facts to cartoonish silliness.

and soul. This is who I am."

When “Strawberry Avalanche” was released to SPIN, he told writer that inspiration came from watching an avalanche and eating Cheerios during a trip to Tibet. When asked for the inspiration behind the Owl City name, Young “grew up on a riverboat and sailed up and down the Mississippi for 15 years. Myfavorite place in the whole world is a little.

Here’s hoping it's the funny, giddy, sweet incarnation of Young who takes the stage tonight at the Bluebird Theater and not the posturing one. -----

a heavy dose of atmosphere.

“the stars lean down to kiss you, And I lie awake I miss you, Pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere. Cause I'll doze off safe and soundly, But I'll miss your arms around me I'll send a postcard to you dear, Cause I wish you were here.” Rolling Stones, , Nevember, 2009 31

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Owl City spread designed for Rolling Stone magazine.

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