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 ans 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
The wait is over! OneRepublic’s long-awaited 5th album is called Human and it drops on May 8. The band marked the announcement by releasing a ballad called “Didn’t I.” And it’s probably their best single since “Counting Stars.” Why? Well, it’s a sucker-punch straight to the heart. “Never thought we’d ever have to go without, take you over anybody else — hands down,” Ryan Tedder sings about an ex. “We’re the type of melody that don’t fade out.” Instead of bitterness or blame, the chorus celebrates the good times.
Ryan revealed that the song was inspired by a friend’s divorce in an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music. “I had this idea that when you marry somebody or you choose to be with them, it’s because you’ve had a lot of beautiful moments and somewhere the discord gets in,” OneRepublic’s frontman explained. “But then once you have the distance, and it does break up, and you do go through that divorce, you still have those moments. You look back and you go, you know what? This ended in a disaster, but weren’t we amazing, when we were amazing?”