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Owl City Goes Platinum

04/02/2010
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Universal Republic Records' artist Owl City continues to garner accolades at an unprecedented pace in 2010, with the RIAA awarding his smash album Ocean Eyes platinum certification this week for selling more than a million units of his Universal Republic debut.

Owl City continues to break boundaries with the record-breaking hit, and the release of his second single, the ethereal "Vanilla Twilight," with the atmospheric video debuting last week to rave reviews and over 1 million views after one day. The clip was filmed in Pittsburgh, PA, and directed by Steven Hoover, who helmed the acclaimed "Fireflies" video and has a surprising cameo by basketball legend, Shaquille O'Neal.

Owl City is also embarking on a sold-out U.S. tour, which kicked off on March 30th in Boise, ID, with Lights and Paper Route in tow as support acts.

Owl City aka Adam Young has fast become the self-starter role model of music's digital age, passing the 3 million sales milestone for his hypnotic anthem "Fireflies" at the beginning of the year - the debut single from the platinum-plus Ocean Eyes. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart twice, still enjoying an incredible 7 month chart-run, achieving millions of downloads and non-stop radio play as it closes in on a combined 20 million total views on Vevo. Not bad for a song that was recorded on a laptop via a late night recording session in his parents' basement. "Owl City/Adam Young's platinum achievement for his wonderful album 'Ocean Eyes' represents what every new artist - and I suspect, every fan - dreams about when it comes to the power and immediacy of new music," stated Avery Lipman, Co-President of Universal Republic Records. "We hear so much about the challenges of our industry, Owl City's amazing, multi-platform success story is indicative of what's great about the many ways our business is changing. We congratulate Adam, and we also applaud everyone at Universal Republic for their hard work in mining the resources that have helped Adam's dream to become reality."

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