For Adam Young, public response to Owl City-his electronica alter ego-has been anything but expected. "So far," says the shy 23-year-old from Owatonna, Minn., "everything has been shocking to me."
Released July 14 exclusively through iTunes, Owl City's Universal Republic debut album, "Ocean Eyes," snared first-week sales of 20,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set also bowed on several Billboard charts, including the Billboard 200 (No. 27), Electronic Albums (No. 2) and Digital Albums (No. 3).
According to Universal Republic, Owl City's current single, "Fireflies," racked up an impressive 650,000 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 SoundScan. Meanwhile, another album track, "Vanilla Twilight," advances 40-30 this week on the Heatseekers chart.