Chart Watch: Cheap Postal Service Imitation Owl City Goes No. 1

This summer, 17 Tracks put out its annual Summer Mix and included a little ditty called "Fireflies" by the unknown "band" Owl City. The track made it onto the mix because it was offered as a free download by iTunes and because it was the closet you could get to Postal Service without the real thing.

Owl City is actually one man, Minnesota native Adam Young. Young makes music in his parent's basement on a laptop. That's sweet if the songs are as good as "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" or "Such Great Heights", but unfortunately, "Fireflies" lacks the depth Ben Gibbard gave laptop music in 2003. Instead, we are left with lyrics about dancing and hugging lighting bugs.

"Fireflies" moved 7-1 after shifting 196,000 digital downloads. The Black Eyed Peas continue their march towards their third No. 1 as "Meet Me Halfway" moved 9-7. Britney Spears slides down 5-8 in her third week with the trashy "3", proving her hyper-fans downloading frenzy can't last forever. At No. 10, Beyonce appears with "Sweet Dreams", her fourth top ten from I Am...Sasha Fierce and her 13th top ten this decade.

1. "Fireflies" - Owl City (1 week at No. 1)
2. "Watcha Say" - Jason DeRulo
3. "Down" - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
4. "Party In The U.S.A." - Miley Cyrus
5. "Run This Town" - Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rihanna
6. "Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga
7. "Meet Me Halfway" - Black Eyed Peas
8. "3" - Britney Spears
9. "I've Gotta Feelin'" - Black Eyed Peas
10. "Sweet Dreams" - Beyonce


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