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TimeLine: 2011

January 3, 2011

January 10, 2011

January 17, 2011

January 24, 2011

  • Adam releases a new song, "Halcyon", on his blog along with an article. "Halcyon"

January 31, 2011

  • Adam releases a new song,"Helicopter Moon", on his blog along with an article. "Helicopter Moon"

February 2011

  • Adam announces the upcoming album to be known as "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and that the album will be released on May 17.

February 6, 2011

February 7, 2011

February 14, 2011

  • Adam releases a cover of the Taylor Swift song entitled "Enchanted". When Taylor confirmed that the song was about Adam, he decided to record his own version of the song with certain lyrics changed. He writes about the experience in an article on his blog. "Dear Taylor"

February 21, 2011

February 28, 2011

March 7, 2011

March 14, 2011

March 18, 2011

  • Owl City uploads a video on the making of the the new album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, to its YouTube channel.

March 21, 2011

March 26-30, 2011

  • Adam takes time to film a music video for his upcoming song, "Alligator Sky", in southeastern California at the Salton Sea and the surrounding area.

March 31, 2011

April 4, 2011

April 6, 2011

  • Adam releases a statement on his website, along with lengthy previews of four new songs, each titled "Dreams Don't Turn to Dust", "Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Chrystopher)", "Galaxies", and "Deer in the Headlights". He also announces that the release date for the new album would be pushed back to June 14.

April 11, 2011

April 12, 2011

  • Owl City releases the lead single for the new album, entitled "Alligator Sky".

  • Adam, on "Alligator Sky": "That song, as far as the title, is kind of quirky and that's what I was going for, something very ambiguous, and they are these two disconnected words that I think, when they are put together, create this imagery that's interesting. Someone asked 'What is an alligator sky?' And that's a tough thing to answer because the song is so scaly! The song is, basically therein, reflecting back to the idea that there are lots of good and bad and bizarre things headed your way in each of ours lives. It's better to wake up and embrace whatever is coming, be it crazy or weird or scary or anything in between, and just embrace it and say 'I'm gonna take it on and I'm not gonna shy away from it. I'm gonna take it like a man and really stand strong.'"

  • Owl City uploads a video to its YouTube channel where Adam answers fan questions to promote his upcoming album.

April 18, 2011

April 19, 2011

  • Owl City releases the second single for the new album, entitled "Galaxies".

April 26, 2011

  • Owl City uploads a video on the making of the upcoming music video for the new single, "Alligator Sky", to its YouTube channel.

May 6, 2011

  • Owl City uploads the music video for the song "Alligator Sky" to its YouTube channel.

May 9, 2011

May 13, 2011

May 15, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Kodak, TN at Smokies Stadium.

May 17, 2011

  • Owl City Galaxy is officially launched, replacing Owl City University. The site serves as an online fan community featuring exclusive Owl City extras.

  • Owl City performs "Deer in the Headlights", "Alligator Sky" and "Fireflies" on 1037theQ in The Q Performance Studio.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "My Brother Lionel"

May 23, 2011

  • Owl City releases the third single for the new album, entitled "Deer in the Headlights".

May 27, 2011

  • The Times publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Sophie Heawood. Adam discusses his new album, as well as the filming of his new music video for the single, entitled "Alligator Sky".

  • Owl City performs in Austin, TX at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater.

May 31, 2011

June 1, 2011

  • Adam appears on the cover of Alternative Press Magazine.

June 10, 2011

  • Owl City's live band enter Livestream to chat with fans and answer questions in promotion of Adam's upcoming album release.

June 11, 2011

  • Adam enters Livestream to chat with fans and answer questions. He also shows a hard copy of the upcoming album, All Things Bright and Beautiful.

June 12, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Denver, CO at Fillmore Auditorium.

  • Before the show, Adam enters Livestream to give a tour of the stage.

June 13, 2011

  • Owl City begins the "All Things Bright and Beautiful Tour", performing in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium.

  • Before the show, Adam enters Livestream to film rehearsals.

  • Adam writes a message to fans on his blog giving thanks and announcing the release of the new album the next day.

"Hi.


As a very humbled artist who can't even believe this is real life (let alone reality), right now is an exciting moment for me because my brand new audio recording entitled, "All Things Bright and Beautiful" comes out TOMORROW.


I always forget how much work it takes to make a record, and for one guy alone in a basement, it unfailingly takes forever. But despite the blood, sweat and tears, the art of making an album never quite feels like "work" for a grateful artist who remains unbelievably thankful for the job he's been given.


It's an exciting emotion when the final mixed/mastered collection of songs goes out the door and there's always a giddy pang of anticipation mixed with adrenaline that pulses in time with the ticking countdown to release day. For me, that day is TOMORROW and I just want to go on record and personally thank you for sticking with me for so long. I am filled with more gratitude than my fingers can type into words for you to read on a computer screen. I am blessed beyond imagination and I really truly treasure your willingness to listen.


So what I'm saying is thank you!


I appreciate you. I really do.


Adam"

June 14, 2011

  • Owl City's third studio album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, is released by Universal Republic. The album's title is based on the hymn of the same name.

  • Owl City performs in Atlanta, GA at The Tabernacle.

June 16, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Orlando, FL at the House of Blues.

June 17, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Charlotte, NC at the Fillmore.

June 18, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Baltimore, MD at the Tabernacle.

June 20, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Montreal, Quebec at the Olympia.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "The Good Fight"

June 21, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Toronto, Canada at the Kool Haus.

June 23, 2011

  • Owl City performs in New York City, NY at the Roseland Ballroom.

June 25, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Philadelphia, PA at The Mann.

June 26, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Boston, MA at the House of Blues.

June 27, 2011

June 28, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Indianapolis, IN at the Egyptian Room.

June 29, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Detroit, MI at the Fillmore.

June 30, 2011

  • Owl City uploads the music video for the song "Deer in the Headlights" to its YouTube channel. Canadian musician Lights makes a cameo appearance during the video.

  • Owl City performs in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest.

July 1, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Columbus, OH at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

July 2, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Mount Union, PA at the Creation Festival.

July 5, 2011

July 9, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Dallas - Fort Worth, TX at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

July 11, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Kansas City, MO at the Uptown Theater.

July 12, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Denver, CO at the Fillmore Auditorium.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "Truth and Love"

July 13, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Salt Lake City, UT at the McKay Event Center.

July 14, 2011

  • Adam is interviewed by a radio station in Brisbane, Australia.

July 15, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Seattle, WA at the Paramount Theatre.

July 16, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Vancouver, Canada at The Centre.

July 17, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Portland, OR at the Roseland Ballroom.

July 19, 2011

  • Owl City releases a new single entitled "Lonely Lullaby", which was previously available only to Owl City Galaxy members.

  • Owl City performs with Unwed Sailor in San Francisco, CA at the Warfield Theatre.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "Woolgathering"

July 20, 2011

  • Owl City performs "Deer in the Headlights" and "Fireflies" in Los Angeles, CA on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

July 21, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Los Angeles, CA at Club Nokia. A DVD is made containing this live performance.

July 23, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Pomona, CA at the Pomona Fox Theater.

July 25, 2011

July 26, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Grand Prairie, TX at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

July 27, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Austin, TX at ACL Live.

July 29, 2011

  • Star Tribune publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Chris Riemenschneider. Adam discusses his recording studio, traveling to new places when touring, the release of his new album, and the struggle to not focus on success.

  • Adam: "Anytime there's a tornado, my mom will call me up and say, 'Adam, you'd better get in the basement'...I'll be like, 'Mom, I am in the basement.'"

  • Owl City performs with Unwed Sailor in Chicago, IL at the Aragon Ballroom.

July 30, 2011

  • Owl City performs with Unwed Sailor in Saint Paul, MN at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

July 31, 2011

  • Star Tribune publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Chris Riemenschneider. Adam discusses the show he performed with his band the night before.

August 2, 2011

August 5, 2011

  • Owl City's latest single, entitled "Lonely Lullaby", peaks at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

August 12, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Auckland, New Zealand at Auckland Town Hall.

August 15, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Brisbane, Queensland at The Tivoli.

August 16, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Sydney, New South Wales at The Metro Theatre.

August 17-18, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Melbourne, Victoria at the Billboard.

August 22, 2011

August 29, 2011

  • He Is We release their new song entitled "All About Us". Adam provides vocals on this track. He also promotes the collaboration on his blog. "All About Us"

  • Rachel Taylor (He Is We): "We happened to be on the same label for a little bit. He was one of the only guys that I trusted with the song and I knew he would be respectful towards me. He didn't disappoint."

August 30, 2011

  • He Is We upload the music video for their new song entitled "All About Us" to their YouTube channel, which features vocals by Adam.

September 5, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Dublin, Ireland at The Academy.

September 7, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Glasgow, Scotland at O2 ABC.

September 8, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Manchester, Greater Manchester at the Academy.

September 10, 2011

  • Owl City performs in London, England at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

  • Before the show, Adam enters Livestream to give a tour of the London stage.

September 12, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Leeds, West Yorkshire at The Cockpit.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "How To Get Over It"

September 13, 2011

  • Adam gives an interview to Sugarscape.

  • Owl City performs in Birmingham, West Midlands at the HMV Institute.

September 15, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Tilburg, Netherlands at 013.

September 16, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Brussels, Belgium at Ancienne Belgique.

  • Before his show, Adam enters Livestream to show his experience walking along Tilburg Street playing various pianos set out for anyone to play.

September 17, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Paris, France at the Bataclan.

September 19, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Madrid, Spain at the Ramdall.

September 20, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Lisbon, Portugal at Campo Pequeno bullring.

September 22, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Barcelona, Catalonia at La 2 de Apolo.

September 24, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Milan, Lombardy at the Magazzini Generali.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "Sharks Keep Moving"

September 26, 2011

September 27, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Munich, Bavaria at the Theaterfabrik.

September 28-29, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Vienna, Austria at the Vienna Arena.

September 30, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Berlin, Germany at the Postbahnhof.

October 1, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia at the Gloria Theatre.

October 2, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Hamburg, Germany at the Gruenspan.

October 4, 2011

  • Contemporary Christian artist tobyMac releases his new album Christmas in Diverse City, featuring a cover of the hymn "The First Noel". Adam provides vocals for the track.

  • Lights releases her new album, Siberia, by Metalworks Studios. Adam provides vocals on the ninth track, entitled "Cactus in the Valley".

  • Owl City performs in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Vega.

  • Before the show, Adam enters Livestream to film rehearsals.

` October 5, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Stockholm, Sweden at the Berns.

October 10, 2011


  • Owl City releases the fourth and final single from the new album, entitled "Dreams Don't Turn to Dust". Island Records Group makes a statement on its release in the UK on promotional material.

  • "Adam 'Owl City' Young's consistently catchy songwriting chops come good again with the second single, 'Dreams Don't Turn to Dust', from his album 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' ... Owl City had recently embarked on a worldwide tor which will see him arrive in the UK for a headline tour in September. Adam confesses that the thought of playing live used to give him 'white knuckles' but, having been forced to overcome his shyness and trepidation, Adam and his five-piece backing band are now confidently playing sold-out to a crowd who, as The NME observed, 'squeals and shrieks with the kind of delight usually reserved for buffed-up boy bands.' The shy boy's dreamy DIY imaginings have become a bonafide pop phenomenon. "The gratification you get from flying across the world and playing to a sold-out room full of kids who know all your lyrics is incredible," Adam says. "It's those times when you stand back and say, 'I'm just a normal guy, I can't believe this is happening.'"

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "Riveting"

October 20, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Osaka, Japan at the Big Cat.

October 21, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Nagoya, Japan at Club Quattro.

October 22, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Tokyo, Japan at the Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball.

October 24, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Seoul, South Korea at the Melon AX Hall.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "Why Must We Fall?"

October 26, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Manila, Philippines at the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio.

October 28, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Tennis Indoor Senayan.

October 31, 2011

November 2, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Flagstaff, AZ at Northern Arizona State University.

November 4, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Oklahoma City, OK at the Diamond Ballroom.

November 5, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Omaha, NE at Sokol Auditorium.

November 6, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Waukesha, WI at Van Male Gymnasium at Carroll College.

November 7, 2011

  • Owl City performs in St. Louis, MO at The Pageant Louis.

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "Island Yacht"

November 9, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Louisville, KY at Expo Five.

November 11, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Cedarville, OH at Dixon Ministry Center at Cedarville University.

November 12, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Allentown, PA at the Croc Rock. At one point during the show, Adam gives a speech of thankfulness to the audience for a moose hat he was given, as well as for the opportunity to get to play music.

November 13, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Sayreville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom.

November 14, 2011

November 15, 2011

  • Jumeirah releases a commercial for their famous Burj Al Arab luxury hotel. Adam was called upon to compose the music for the commercial.

November 16, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Washington, D.C. at the 9:30 Club.

  • During soundcheck, Adam begins writing a new song entitled "Speed of Love", which later appears on his next Owl City album.

November 17, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Cleveland, OH at the House of Blues.

November 18, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection.

November 19, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Minneapolis, MN at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.

November 20, 2011

  • Owl City performs in Waukesha, WI at Carroll University.

November 21, 2011

December 6, 2011

  • Adam writes an article on his blog. "S'mores"

December 9, 2011

  • Armin van Buuren uploads the music video for his upcoming single entitled "Youtopia", to his YouTube channel. Adam both provides vocals for the track and stars in the music video.

December 13, 2011

  • Dutch DJ and record producer Armin van Buuren's single "Youtopia" is released by Armada. It features vocals from Adam, as well as his photo on the cover of the single.

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