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TimeLine: 2018

January 9, 2018

  • Adam collaborates with Swedish electronic producer Didrick, providing vocals in a new song entitled "Ready to Fly". The song itself was produced by the duo in 2013, but was shelved for circumstances relating to contract disputes.

January 12, 2018

  • Owl City's lead single for the upcoming second reel entitled "Lucid Dream" is released.

  • Adam, on "Lucid Dream": "Lucid Dream is about the best flying dream I ever had. When I was writing this album, I kept a dream journal next to my bed and I remember waking up from this incredibly surreal dream. I wrote down everything I could remember and that writing later became the lyrics to the song. I wrote this song because I wanted to round out this album that's full of personal, very literal songs, with more of an abstract, conceptual song, because that's always been a huge part of what I do. I love music that suggests to the listener how to feel rather than spell it out for them. When you listen to Lucid Dream, I hope it makes you want to close your eyes after a long day, drift off, and let your imagination carry you away."

January 16, 2018

  • Owl City uploads a video to its YouTube channel and Instagram, where Adam discusses the story behind the new song, entitled "Lucid Dream".

January 24, 2018

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

February 2, 2018

  • Owl City's sixth EP and second reel for the upcoming album, entitled Reel 2, is released, one week earlier than expected (February 9, 2018). The EP features three songs: "Lucid Dream", "Montana", and "Not All Heroes Wear Capes".

February 21, 2018

  • Owl City upload a video to its YouTube channel and Instagram, where Adam discusses the story behind the new song, entitled "Montana".

  • Adam records and uploads a video featuring an acoustic version of "Montana" to the Owl City YouTube channel and social media.

March 8, 2018

  • Owl City uploads a video to its YouTube channel and Instagram, where Adam discusses the story behind the new song, entitled "New York City".

March 9, 2018

  • Owl City's lead single for the third reel of the upcoming album entitled "New York City" is released.

  • Adam, on "New York City": "New York City is a song about the first time I ever really left my hometown and went on a trip and I saw some of the world. I wanted to remember some of the small details that I'm realizing, the older I get, the more I'm starting to forget. So I was 18 years old. We took my piece-of-junk first car (the driver side door didn't lock), we ate junk food 24/7, we showered at truck stops, I got to see the ocean for the first time on this trip. It was a very coming-of-age story for me. When you listen to New York City, I hope you feel inspired to pack your stuff, jump in the car, take a trip, see the world, maybe get lost from time to time, because I think if you do that, you'll be glad you did."

March 22, 2018

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

March 28, 2018

  • Adam releases behind the scenes footage of the music videos for "Cinematic" on the Owl City YouTube channel.

March 29, 2018

  • Adam gives a shoutout to Jerry Vanderstelt, the artist behind the cover art for Cinematic.

  • Adam: "Shoutout to my friend, Jerry Vanderstelt, brilliant artist and amazing human being. He created a stunning collection of artwork that captured my imagination and brought my music to life. Thank you sir!"

April 4, 2018

  • Owl City uploads a video to its YouTube channel and Instagram, where Adam discusses the story behind the new song, entitled "Cloud Nine".

April 5, 2018

  • Owl City uploads a video to its YouTube channel and Instagram, where Adam discusses the story behind the new song, entitled "Be Brave".

April 6, 2018

  • Owl City's seventh EP and third reel for the upcoming album, entitled Reel 3, is released. The EP features three songs: "Cloud Nine", "Be Brave", and "New York City".

April 10, 2018

  • Adam writes on social media about calling Walgreens and hearing an Owl City song while on hold about bubble mailer envelopes.

April 18, 2018

  • Adam records and uploads a video featuring an acoustic version of "Be Brave" to the Owl City YouTube channel and social media.

April 20, 2018

  • Adam announces the official "Cinematic Tour" with Matt Thiessen & The Earthquakes. He also provides various tour dates and locations for the tour starting in the Fall.

May 16, 2018

  • Adam releases the director's cut of the "Cinematic" music videos on the Owl City YouTube channel.

June 1, 2018

  • Owl City's sixth studio album, entitled Cinematic, is released. Unlike previous Owl City records released before, this album focuses more on Adam's personal life rather than ideas from his imagination, which usually inspired him. The album has a total of 18 songs, including three alternative versions of already recorded ones.

  • Adam, on Cinematic: "In many ways, this album is an autobiography. As a songwriter, my creative instinct has always been to write songs about abstract imagery, strange daydreams and streams of consciousness. Cinematic is my endeavor to write music about my personal life story. Each song on this album is 100% literal, meaning each is based upon a true experience I've had, an actual place I've visited, or a real person I've known. I created Cinematic to both acknowledge my past and to honor the people I love. As I began writing these deeply personal songs, it felt like I was watching 'scenes' from my life the same way I would watch scenes from a movie. I felt inspired to better understand and appreciate the magic moments that occur throughout my lifetime, because I believe those moments are worth celebrating. I hope this album leaves you with the idea that your life is like a movie and you are the star. You're going to run into critics, but you have an audience cheering you on. The stage is yours, so get out there, and do your best, and remember to have fun. Cinematic, in short, means this: your life is yours to live, so live it well. Break a leg, Adam"

  • To celebrate the release of the new album, Adam answers fan questions on Twitter and Reddit.

  • Along with the release of the album, Adam writes a message to fans on social media.

  • Adam: "At long last, Cinematic, in its entirety, is available everywhere. I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to this body of work as much as I enjoyed creating it. The message I want to communicate with the release of Cinematic is simple: don't stop believing in magic, even if everyone else does. Keep learning to see the beauty around you and embrace the ups and downs. I wrote this album because I believe those ups are worth celebrating. Thank you for allowing me to do what I love. I look forward to making Owl City albums for the rest of my life."

June 8, 2018

  • Songwriter Universe publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Dale Kawashima. Adam talks about the release of his new album and the inspiration behind the album's concept.

June 11, 2018

  • Adam releases behind the scenes footage of his performances for the acoustic versions of "The 5th of July", "Montana", and "Be Brave" on the Owl City YouTube channel.

June 29, 2018

  • Adam announces a remix contest with SKIO Music for fans to create remixes for either "New York City", "Fiji Water", or "Lucid Dream", with a prize for the winner.

July 16, 2018

  • Adam announces the "Cinematic Soundtrack Flyaway Contest" where fans can create their own Spotify playlist of their favorite songs for a chance to win a trip for two to the September 19 show in New York City.

July 27, 2018

  • Electronic artist Anton Belov releases an EP entitled Reticent. Color Therapy creates a remix with Anton for one of the tracks, entitled "Reticent".

August 3, 2018

  • Owl City uploads a video to its YouTube channel and Instagram, where Adam discusses the story behind the new song, entitled "Madeline Island".

August 9, 2018

  • Adam begins working on designs for upcoming Cinematic merchandise, such as shirts and hoodies.

August 23, 2018

  • Adam announces the winners of the remix contest on the SKIO Music website.

September 8, 2018

  • Adam finishes the designs for the new Cinematic merchandise, which is set to be sold on tour.

September 9, 2018

  • Adam starts rehearsals for the "Cinematic Tour".

September 10, 2018

  • Adam announces the winner of the "Cinematic Soundtrack Flyaway Contest".

September 12, 2018

  • Adam finishes up rehearsals for the "Cinematic Tour".

September 13, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave/Eagles Club.

September 14, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Pontiac, WI at The Crofoot Ballroom.

September 15, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Toronto, Canada at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.

September 17, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Philadelphia, PA at the Theater of the Living Arts.

  • Around this time, Adam begins reading Heaven by Randy Alcorn.

September 18, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Lancaster, PA at the Chameleon Club.

September 19, 2018

  • Owl City performs in New York City, NY at the Irving Plaza.

September 21, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Boston, MA at the Paradise Rock Club.

September 22, 2018

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

September 23, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Charlotte, NC at The Underground.

September 25, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Atlanta, GA at the Center Stage Theater.

September 26, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Orlando, FL at The Plaza Live.

September 28, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Dallas, TX at the House of Blues - Dallas.

September 29, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Houston, TX at the House of Blues - Houston.

October 1, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Phoenix, AZ at the Crescent Ballroom.

October 2, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues - Anaheim.

October 3, 2018

  • Owl City performs in San Francisco, CA at The Regency Ballroom.

October 5, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Portland, OR at the Hawthorne Theatre.

October 6, 2018

  • Owl City performs Seattle, WA at the Neptune Theatre.

  • Star Tribune publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Chris Riemenschneider. He discusses how he came to be involved in the music industry and his peaceful life in Minnesota.

  • Adam: "My former record label talked about me moving out to Los Angeles and getting me more involved with other collaborators. Ultimately, I just felt like I'm more inspired and more creative when I'm at home, working by myself."

October 7, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Boise, ID at the Knitting Factory Concert House.

October 8, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Boise, ID at the Egyptian Theatre.

October 9, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex.

October 10, 2010

  • Owl City performs in Denver, CO at the Bluebird Theatre.

October 12, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue.

October 13, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Chicago, IL at the House of Blues - Chicago.

October 14, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Columbus, OH at EXPRESS LIVE!.

October 17, 2018

  • Adam returns home from his North America Cinematic Tour.

  • Adam: "Home. Feels great to kick my feet up in the woods after a perfect run of Cinematic. I'm eternally grateful for all your support, and for all the hard work people put into it. I'm indebted to the joy, the excitement, and the dedication everyone brought to it. Fans, band, and crew. Much love."

November 7, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Tokyo, Japan at Ex Theatre.

November 8, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Nagoya-shi, Japan at Bottom Line.

November 9, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Higashi-osaka, Japan at the BIGCAT.

November 11, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Yongsangu, South Korea at the Blue Square IMarket Hall.

November 14, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Beijing, China at M Space.

November 15, 2018

  • Adam takes time to write songs back stage in the green room.

November 18, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Chengdu, China at Normalizing Arts Center Hall 1.

November 20-21, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Pudong Xinqu, China at The Mixing Room & Muse.

November 23, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Nanjing, China at Nanjing-Taoxiang Music Space.

November 24, 2018

  • Owl City performs in Guangzhao, China at Rock House.

November 30, 2018

  • Adam returns home from the Asia Cinematic Tour.

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