Ryan Tedder has written some of pop’s biggest hits, including Beyonce’s Halo, Ed Sheeran’s Happier and, for his own band OneRepublic, Counting Stars.
But he says pop is in danger of being stifled by the rise in copyright cases.
“It’s a conversation in every writing session,” he tells the BBC.
“The odds of getting sued in this day and age are so high, we’re going to get to a point where nobody can write anything – because everything will be derivative of something else.
“It’s just ludicrous.”
It’s been over 12 years since slow-burning bop “Apologize” dropped on the charts and we were introduced to Colorado-hailed pop-rockers OneRepublic. And the obsession has held steady, as fast-forward and the band are still pumping out impossibly catchy feel-good ear worms (you will have pressed play on “Good Life”, “Secrets” and “Counting Stars”), with collaborations over time with the likes of Timbaland, Peter Gabriel and Santigold to name a few.
And now, after a two-year hiatus, the band are back in a big way, dropping their new single, soaring head-bopper “Rescue Me,” accompanied by a cinematic music video. In the visuals a young boy flees from a group of bullies and is taken over by the compulsion to dance, with every move beating his assailants back. At one point the boy even uses his new dance-fuelled super powers to accidentally blow over a neighbours fence, revealing none other than OneRepublic playing at your local friendly BBQ.
We chatted to frontman, three-time Grammy winner and all-round multitasker Ryan Tedder about the return of OneRepublic…
Currently, he’s juggling the launch of a new TV show he’s executive produced, called Songland, which debuts on NBC this month, and the start of OneRepublic‘s next era with new single Rescue Me.
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