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TimeLine: 2014

Early-Mid 2014

  • Around this time, Adam and his parents begin moving out of his childhood home. This, along with other unknown circumstances plaguing him at the time, lead to Adam writing the songs that eventually become the next EP.

January 24, 2014

  • A new project is created, presumably by Adam, entitled Color Therapy. The project releases two singles: "Drive vs. Fly" and "The Dusk Mother".

January 26, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog. "A Poem"

January 31, 2014

  • Ally Burnett withdraws her lawsuit against Adam and Carly Rae Jepsen after an investigation was conducted that revealed the Owl City hit, "Good Time", to be an original song. In the aftermath of the legal case, attorneys for Adam filed a proposal that would award him $525,901.77 in ASCAP royalties for the song.

February 22, 2014

  • Adam writes on his blog discussing new music and looking over his body of work, as well as his personal writing process. "New Music"

March 23, 2014

  • A preview for a new Owl City track is released entitled "Floppy Fish". However, for unknown reasons, the song was never released.

March 28, 2014

  • Adam announces on his blog that he will be releasing a new song in the coming week.

April 7, 2014

  • Owl City releases a new song from the upcoming EP, entitled "Beautiful Times". The track features Lindsey Stirling playing violin.

  • Adam, on "Beautiful Times": "Beautiful Times. Deeply subjective and personal, it has a dark beauty I find compelling and the essence of the track offers the idea that life is wonderful despite the burdens and afflictions that seek us out. It is an anthem for those who search for strength to rise above hardship. I want everybody to take away an uplifting vibe. Dig a little deeper and let the message resound. I hope people walk away with a sense of optimism. I'm always in my own world, and this is my way to invite everyone in."

April 10, 2014

April 16, 2014

  • Adam hosts a Facebook Fan Chat to talk with fans and answer questions to celebrate the release of "Beautiful Times".

April 24, 2014

April 25, 2014

  • Owl City's new single, entitled "Beautiful Times", peaks at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

May 14, 2014

  • Republic News publishes an article where Adam gives an interview. He discusses new music, his inspirations, and talks more in detail about his sleep deprivation.

    • Adam: "The insomnia thing is thankfully more blessing than curse. I think for the most part I see it as a real benefit simply because I have more hours in the day to work because of my inability to sleep. I wouldn't say I have some terrible clinically diagnosed sleep deprivation or anything but I really just get a couple hours of sleep a night and usually they're not very quality hours. But just like with anything you learn how to deal with it and you just move on and make it work." "I'm in this great place right now where I feel really led to create on my own and just live and breathe inside my own head for a bit. The beauty of the situation is that I really prefer being alone most of the time and so having the skills to be able to write, produce, mix, and so everything in between is super inspiring. I'm a real creature of whim and so I'm always in some kind of phase or zone, and this chapter currently is just me alone in the studio doing what I do without any outside input. I don't think anything I do or will ever do under the moniker of Owl City will ever sound or feel different from the Owl City that fans know because everything I do is just inherently "me" in a way that I couldn't change if I wanted to. So it's real great to have that freedom."

June 2, 2014

  • Adam announces that his next EP will be released on June 27. "Next Release"

June 6, 2014

  • Adam reveals the title of his newest EP to be "Ultraviolet".

June 9, 2014

  • DailyMail publishes an article on the conclusion of Ally Burnett's lawsuit against Adam and Carly Rae Jepsen.

  • Adam announces new merchandise in celebration of his upcoming EP.

June 11, 2014

  • Adam releases the track list for his upcoming EP, as well as a preview for one of the featured songs, "Wolf Bite".

June 17, 2014

  • Adam's upcoming EP is put up for pre-order on iTunes.

June 18, 2014

  • Adam releases a new track, "Wolf Bite", from his upcoming EP.

June 19, 2014

  • Adam reveals on social media that the official music video for "Beautiful Times" would be premiering on June 26.

June 20, 2014

  • Adam posts a short rehearsal of the song "Beautiful Times" on his blog.

June 25, 2014

  • Adam posts a preview on of the upcoming music video for "Beautiful Times" on social media.

June 26, 2014

  • Adam hosts a Facebook Fan Chat to talk with fans and answer questions to celebrate the release of his new EP, "Ultraviolet".

  • Rolling Stone publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Nick Murray. Adam discusses the release of his new EP, as well as the making of the music video for "Beautiful Times", which is released the same day.

June 27, 2014

  • Owl City's fourth EP, Ultraviolet, is released by Universal Republic.

  • Owl City uploads a music video for the song "Beautiful Times" on its YouTube channel. The video features child actor Mace Coronel.

July 8, 2014

  • Owl City uploads the official audio of both "Up All Night" and "This Isn't the End" from the new EP to its YouTube channel.

July 9, 2014

  • Owl City's first compilation album, entitled The Best of Owl City, is released by Universal Republic. The album features songs spanning throughout the Owl City project's catalog, as well as the newly released tracks, "Beautiful Times" and "This Isn't the End".

July 12-13, 2014

  • Owl City performs in Yokohama, Japan at the Nano Mugen Festival 2014 Yokohama Arena.

July 19, 2014

  • Owl City uploads a music video for the song "Wolf Bite" to its YouTube channel.

  • Adam, on "Wolf Bite": "Wolf Bite is a song about becoming a better person and how trials and difficult tribulations of life can grow you up. You go through those dark nights to build yourself into a better person."

July 31, 2014

  • Adam hosts a Twitter Chat where he talks with fans and answers questions.

Mid-Late 2014

  • Around this time, Adam buys a log cabin in the backwoods of his hometown of Owatonna, MN near his parents. He also begins construction on his own home studio to record music.

  • Adam: "I grew up in a small town south of Minneapolis, Minnesota with the perfect atmosphere conducive to creativity, so I bought a comfortable house in Owatonna and built a studio there because it is the ideal place to make records... Having the ability to walk into the studio at any time, day or night and work for however long I wish without being interrupted is an incredibly valuable thing for me as a creative mind. I really don't imagine I'd enjoy making music to the same degree if I were approaching it any other way."

August 1, 2014

  • Owl City uploads a music video for the song "Up All Night" to its YouTube channel.

August 18, 2014

  • Adam gives an interview at Yogaku Tengoku as Today's MC in Japan.

August 29, 2014

  • Owl City uploads a music video for the song "This Isn't the End" to its YouTube channel. Both the song and video receive critical acclaim from new audiences and old Owl City fans alike.

  • Adam, on "This Isn't the End": "This Isn't the End is loosely based on my mother's story. You know, her father left her when she was very young, and some of the damage it did to her, I feel like it took her a lot of years to get over that. The subject matter in this song is, difficult though it may be, it's something somebody out there needs to hear. It's an idea a lot of people can connect with, losing a parent or growing up without a parent, I feel like its very common. So my hope is that this song is an encouragement to somebody out there who needs this hope for healing."

September 12, 2014

  • Adam writes giving thanks Alex Perkins, who made improvements on his touring guitars. "Alex Perkins"

September 24, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog discussing a new bass tone he received. "Know Your Tone"

September 29, 2014

  • Adam uploads an announcement to the Owl City YouTube channel that he will release two new tracks, "You're Not Alone" and "Tokyo", on October 7.

October 1, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog affectionately revealing his tour to Japan. "Japan"

October 2, 2014

  • Adam releases a song entitled "Kickflip", which features Adam doing kickflips on his skateboard.

October 4-6, 2014

  • Owl City performs in Fujiyoshida, Japan at TOKYO FANTASY Fuji-Q Highland. During the concert, Adam performs a new song he helped write with Sekai No Owari, entitled "Mr. Heartache".

October 7, 2014

  • Owl City uploads the new song entitled "Tokyo" to its YouTube channel. The track features vocals from Sekai no Owari.

October 8, 2014

  • Owl City uploads a new song entitled "You're Not Alone" to its YouTube channel. The track features vocals from CCM artist Britt Nicole.

  • Adam, on "You're Not Alone": "You're Not Alone is a song that taps into a sentiment and emotionality that everyone can relate to: feeling alone. In your darkest moments, sometimes Jesus chooses to draw on nearest to you. The reminder that He is there with you, that He has your back, is an amazing, life-transforming thing. The song is simply a reminder that God is there for those who call upon Him."

October 12, 2014

November 3, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog discussing how he finally found his desired sound for a bass tone. "Perfect Bass Tone"

November 4, 2014

November 10, 2014

November 14, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog on tracking final acoustic guitar sections for the next Owl City record. "Tracking Acoustic Guitar"

November 17, 2014

  • MPR News publishes an article discussing the release of the Paul McCartney tribute album, entitled "The Art of McCartney", where Adam is named as one of the artists to contribute to the project.

November 18, 2014

  • Owl City uploads a music video for the song "Tokyo" to its YouTube channel.

  • Owl City records and releases a cover of the Paul McCartney song entitled, "Listen to What the Man Said" on the tribute album The Art of McCartney.

December 3, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog after ordering audio cables and receiving a note from a fan. "To Whoever You Are"

  • Windsor Airlift release their ninth EP entitled Songs for Christmas.

December 15, 2014

  • Owl City's third holiday single entitled "Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time" is released by Universal Republic.

December 16, 2014

  • Adam writes a short excerpt on his blog revealing the tools he used to record guitars on his upcoming album. "Cascade"

December 25, 2014

  • Adam uploads a short audio clip to social media of his own remix of his collaboration with tobyMac on their single, "The First Noel".


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