If you make the effort to flick through the credits of your favourite chart-topping track, chances are Ryan Tedder is listed in them. The Oklahoma native is the mastermind behind some of the biggest hits from the likes of Beyoncé, Adele, Maroon 5, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande… the catalogue is extensive, and it keeps growing. A singer, composer, songwriter, and producer, he’s amongst the most highly esteemed figures in pop music, both behind the curtains, and as the frontman of the pop-rock band OneRepublic. After awing us with his heartfelt Facebook open letter 3 months ago, Schön! caught up with Ryan to talk about the changing face of music, collaboration, and what the future holds for the 38-year-old polymath.
Ryan Tedder is ready to invent a new album format.
After OneRepublic nearly burnt out while promoting their last album Oh My My in 2016, Ryan says he doesn’t see them putting out a traditional full-length any time soon.
As of right now, they’ve decided to just release singles — like the dance-y tune “Rich Love” — whenever they want to. But Ryan also has ideas to shake up the music industry with a new model.
“An EP is too small, so I’m thinking like seven songs, call it a CP: Condensed Play,” he says.
Tedder adds, “I think that should be the new model for albums. That’s what we’re gonna do. And I’m calling it a CP and if other people wanna jump on the bandwagon they can do that.”
His other idea for a title might not be as catchy.
“The other one would be ELF: Extended Limited Format, but that just sounds ridiculous,” he says. “And you think of the movie, which doesn’t really help.”
As OneRepublic continues their Honda Civic Tour across North America, the pop-rock band will be making a pit stop at Good Morning America on Friday morning for a special appearance on the morning show’s Summer Concert Series. And in addition to performing their own hits, Ryan Tedder and Co. will be paying tribute to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, who both recently died and left the rock world far too soon.
Linkin Park was scheduled to perform in New York City’s Central Park that morning, but with the recent death of Bennington, the band’s singer, OneRepublic will fill in — something Tedder admits won’t be easy. “I think it’s heavy to be doing what we’re doing,” the OneRepublic singer tells Billboard. “For me, I’m trying not to think about it until we do it.”
Linkin Park was originally set to perform on the August 4 “Good Morning America.”
Following the death of vocalist Chester Bennington, that performance was obviously canceled.
The August 4 “GMA” will instead feature a tribute performance by OneRepublic. The Ryan Tedder-fronted band will pay tribute to Bennington as well as the late Chris Cornell during the “Summer Concert Series” performance.
The threat of storms and oppressive humidity didn’t deter fans of all ages from filling the lawn and pavilion at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Wednesday, July 19.
A nearly sold-out crowd showed up to count stars and clap their hands at this year’s incarnation of the Honda Civic Tour, headlined by OneRepublic with special guests Fitz & the Tantrums and James Arthur.
Once the strobe lights started flashing and smoke filled the stage, it was obvious that OneRepublic has made the jump from an unsigned indie band int big-league pop music commercial success. A single spotlight shone down on lead singer Ryan Tedder at an upright piano near mid-stage as he picked out the opening notes of “Stop and Stare,” and the audience did exactly that through the first verse until the band kicked in and Tedder showed off his versatility, moving to the front of the stage with a guitar.
Fans and foodies rejoice! One of summer’s most anticipated concert tours, the Honda Civic Tour (HondaCivicTour.com), is in full swing with multi-platinum-band OneRepublic – featuring special guests Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur – and is all set to add the new Civic Tour City Flavor pop-up food & music experience at select Civic Tour concert venues. Now in its 16th year, the robust North American tour includes dates in Detroit, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Hartford, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as in Anaheim at the Honda Center on Sept. 2.
When it rains it seems to pour. At least that is what OneRepublic must have thought as the night progressed for their show Saturday at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis.
First, their opening act, James Arthur, fell ill and couldn’t perform. This led to the decision to move the support act, Fitz and the Tantrums, up from their regularly scheduled stage time, but not too far ahead as to create a large down time between acts.
Fitz and the Tantrums did their part, putting on a high-energy show in the glaring sun that made viewing anything without sunglasses a dangerous proposition, all without missing a beat. They are a fun band to see live, filled with powerhouse vocals from co-lead vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs and an infectious toe-tapping sound with songs like “The Walker”, HandClap” and “Spark”. It’s hard to not feel good and not move while seeing this band.
But just as things seemed back in control technical glitches were abundant in the setting up of the stage for OneRepublic, forcing a delay of nearly 30 minutes and also forced OneRepublic to switch up their setlist a bit to accommodate the revised schedule. Thankfully, that seemed to be the end of the unfortunate happenings as OneRepublic settled in for a vibrant show that seemed itself to go off without a hitch.