OneRepublic’s “Connection” Gets Arty, Partially Black & White Video

OneRepublic’s “Connection” has the kind of chorus that gets lodged in your brain from the very first listen, which makes it an easy, breezy contender for the most underrated song of the summer. Radio programmers haven’t jumped on it yet (despite very healthy downloads), but that could change with the arrival of its arty, attention-grabbing video. The Joel Pront-directed clip finds Ryan Tedder walking around The Oculus in New York City, while a woman does an interpretative dance routine — choreographed by Matthew Peacock— in a crowd of people.

It’s striking and effortlessly conveys the track’s main theme. “Basically the whole idea was, and a lot of what this album is about, is human connection,” OneRepublic’s frontman told Beats 1. “Trying to find authenticity and authentic connection. This is kind of one of like four or five that we honestly couldn’t decide what to put out first. In the history of One Republic, the biggest single is never the first thing we released — it’s usually the second or the third. So all things being equal we kind of said, ‘Ok, well… [this sounds] like a summer record. Let’s put it out and then two months later, let’s put out another one.’”

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Counting Stars Earns Diamond Certification In United States

The illustrious diamond club just welcomed a new member.

According to the RIAA, OneRepublic’s smash “Counting Stars” just attained 10x platinum (diamond) status in the United States.

The award was issued on August 20, 2018.

It confirms 10 million in US units, with each unit equal to 1 paid download or 150 streams.

“Counting Stars” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying the career high set by the band’s breakthrough “Apologize.” It is the first OneRepublic single to attain a diamond certification in the United States.

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Ryan Tedder says working with Paul McCartney was “the greatest honor of my life”

OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Adele, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and U2. But he says one of his more recent collaborations blows all of those stars away — because really, who’s bigger than a former Beatle?

Ryan worked with none other than Sir Paul McCartney on several tunes, including the rock legend’s recently released single, “Fuh You,” which will appear on his upcoming album, Egypt Station.

“Working him was the greatest honor of my life,” Ryan tells ABC Radio. “I’ve texted him, I said, ‘I’ll drop everything, [at] any point, to fly and work with you anywhere in the world.'”

Ryan says initially, he warned Paul that “Fuh You” — which Paul has called a “raunchy love song” — would annoy some of his fans and delight others.

“I told him, I was like, ‘This is gonna p*** off about half of your fan base, and then a bunch of people who are like millennials, like me or younger, are just gonna think it’s catchy as hell and love it,” Ryan recalls. “Which is basically what it’s doing!”

Ryan says he’s not sure how many of the other songs he and Paul did together will appear on Egypt Station, which is due September 7. Meanwhile, he and OneRepublic have a new song out called “Connection,” while Ryan himself has teamed up with rapper Logic for another new tune, titled “One Day.”

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Wanted

Wanted is a new song by OneRepublic to be released next month. The band played it on their show last night, they also played it during their filmed performance on August 7.

Why Musicians Are Working With Brands to Promote Their Music to the Masses

“My perfect commercial is when it doesn’t smell too commercial,” says Olivier François, FCA’s Paris-born chief marketing officer. “It’s almost more of a product placement – and more entertaining – than a commercial.”

The FCA crew gathered the members of OneRepublic to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to shoot a commercial for Jeep. Facing a crowd of genuine fans hired as extras, the pop-rock quintet were filmed performing two new songs, including “Connection,” which is being released this week from Interscope.

“The hardest thing to do in the world is to let people know you exist – or that you have a song that exists,” says Tedder, who has grown weary of the time and travel required to promote a new album. “This is a huge campaign. This song will have as much exposure as you can have for a song in 2018.”
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