Ryan Tedder on the Secrets of Leading Pop Fans Into Songland

Despite his band’s name, Ryan Tedder is a man of many, many republics. He’s the songwriter of the year in Variety‘s Hitmakers issue largely for his work as a producer-writer in ensuring, with “Sucker,” that the Jonas Brothers had the smoothest possible runway for their comeback to make a safe landing. But eclipsing even that is the impact he had with the TV series he’s been helping develop for years, NBC’s “Songland,” which proved that, as a matter of fact, America does want to know how the sausage is made, when it comes to hit songwriting — at least if it involves watching how fast Tedder’s synapses can fire in a huge studio that’s taken on the creative intimacy of a writers’ room.

The year 2020 looks to be his busiest ever, between the return of that recently dormant group we alluded to, OneRepublic, plus a season 2 for “Songland,” plus new albums he’s worked on for Sam Smith and Anitta, plus a movie musical he’s been working on with Margot Robbie, plus a Nickelodeon scripted series with Simon Fuller, plus… Well, we’ll let him tell it, after he’s filled us in about the heartbreak of watching Ed Sheeran write a better song than the one he came up with for him.

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The career choice that helped OneRepublic singer’s bank account go from $5,000 to $250,000 virtually ‘overnight’

Singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder knows a thing or two about hitting the right note.

The three-time Grammy winner and lead vocalist of pop rock band OneRepublic has written some of the best-selling singles of all time, including Beyoncé’s “Halo,” Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love” and Timbaland’s “Apologize” (featuring OneRepublic). He may not hold the next winning lotto ticket, but he’s surely hit the jackpot.

“You can kind of be a millionaire overnight from one hit record,” Tedder tells CNBC Make It. “It’s like winning the lottery.”