Like many of us, Ryan Tedder is using this period of isolation to cook, spend time with family and binge-watch “Tiger King.”
But the OneRepublic frontman and Grammy-winning super-producer behind Adele, Beyonce and Taylor Swift is also busier than ever. He’s finishing a new OneRepublic album, which was set for release next month but is now “delayed indefinitely until fall,” he says. He’s working on songs for the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” And he’s finishing Season 2 of NBC’s songwriting series “Songland,” premiering Monday (10 ET/PT), on which he serves as executive producer and panelist. Continue reading “Ryan Tedder talks new ‘Songland’, OneRepublic album delay: ‘Nobody can compete with the news’”
OneRepublic is the latest act to postpone their new album due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their album Human, originally due in May, will now arrive in the fall. Front man Ryan Tedder tells ABC Audio there were many factors that went into that decision.
“I can tell you as an artist, it feels gross to promote something during this,” he explained. “People [go] ‘But we want new music!’ No, you don’t. You want music that you’re already familiar with, that makes you feel good.”
Plus, Ryan points out that people are really distracted right now.
“If you’re trying to…find new fans and you’re dropping new songs during a global pandemic…you can’t compete with the news cycle,” he notes. “A OneRepublic single cannot compete with Governor Cuomo or Trump or Boris Johnson or CNN.”
The fact that a huge percentage of the world isn’t commuting right now was another factor.
“That’s when people listen to music,” Ryan explains. “You remove a third of the population of the world driving to and from work…there goes a third of the people that will listen to us.”
One exception? OneRepublic’s latest single “Better Days,” written while the band was in quarantine.
“That makes sense right now,” he says. “Us dropping a super-summery bop or whatever, it doesn’t make sense.”
Ryan also says he has no idea when or if some other big albums he worked on — from Adele and Katy Perry to the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus — are going to come out.
“I don’t know. I’m kind of operating in a vacuum,” he admits. “Like the Jonas Brothers: Do I think there will be a full album this year? The plan was for there to be one. We have the track listing…[but] honestly, it changes every day.”
Ryan Tedder is a singer, songwriter, music producer, and frontman of the group OneRepublic.
The 40-year-old musician answered some rapid-fire questions for Insider about the artists he’d love to work with, the launch of his hemp-infused sparkling water brand called Mad Tasty, what fans can expect from OneRepublic’s upcoming album (set for release on May 8), and more. Continue reading “OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder says the band’s next album includes songs ‘written during the pandemic’ and 21 more things you didn’t know”
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Before the pandemic, we planned to release our album on May 8th. Due to the current circumstances requiring us to distance ourselves from each other and you, the release has been postponed. As many of you know we’ve been taking this unexpected time out to write and record some new music. Our new song “Better Days,” written while we were quarantined after returning from our European tour, will be on the album. Thank you all for sharing your lives with us for the official music video. We can’t wait to share it with you.
While self-quarantining as a band, OneRepublic have written the hopeful new song “Better Days.” Their fifth album, Human, will be out on May 9th.
“Better Days” was written and recorded by the band over the last week. The track is a bit of optimism in dark times. “Oh, I know that they’ll be better days/Oh, that sunshine ’bout to come my way,” Ryan Tedder sings. “May we never ever shed another tear for today/’Cause oh, I know that they’ll be better days.”
“We were in the final week of our fifth album deadline when a global pandemic was declared by the WHO. A few of us unknowingly got exposed to somebody with COVID-19 in London and ended up in quarantine in L.A. at my studio for two weeks,” lead singer Ryan Tedder said in a statement. “With only two songs left to finish, one of them happened to be ‘Better Days.’ We write about real experiences and events that happen to us — this is what happens when you write a song during a crisis.”
Through September 2020, a portion of the streams of “Better Days” will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund to help fellow artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. They are also inviting fans to be a part of the music video for “Better Days” by submitting videos through the Cinebody app. The videos should show either acts of kindness from home or footage of first responders helping provide aid during the pandemic.
New single from Human released on March 25. The song was written during quarantine and through September 2020 a portion of the streams of “Better Days” will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.
West Coast is a song initially started in 2015 and was meant to be on Oh My My. However it didn’t happened and some parts were used for Summer Of Love by U2. Current version will be on Human.
Tyler played songs from Human during Friday episode of Quarantine Cuisine while Ryan was cooking.
Current Human tracklist seems to be the following:
– West Coast
– Didn’t I
– Rescue Me
– Forgot About You
– Somebody To Love
– Better Days
– Don’t Cry For Me