Ryan Tedder, Hamdi Ulukaya and Bulgari North America Honored at the 5th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala

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Last night, Save the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, honored Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic; Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner BVLGARI North America. The event, which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was hosted by NBC’s Craig Melvin and featured a special performance by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis.

Now in its fifth year, the Illumination Gala benefits Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children celebrated each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future:

Leona Lewis presented The Voice Award to Ryan Tedder, Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and front man of the multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic, who was recognized for his extraordinary dedication to speaking up on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition to supporting Save the Children’s humanitarian relief efforts on the conflict in Syria and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Tedder used the power of his voice on the OneRepublic song “Feel Again.” The song served as the backdrop in 2013 for an Ad Council PSA for Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters campaign, which helped millions of children in poor countries survive their first five years of life. Tedder said the song was inspired by actual heartbeats of children in Guatemala and Malawi, where frontline health workers work every day to keep kids healthy. As part of the campaign, Tedder visited Save the Children’s newborn and child survival programs in Guatemala, and donated proceeds from sales of the song to Save the Children. His foundation, The Ryan & Genevieve Tedder Foundation, also supports children through education and youth development.

Ryan expressed his appreciation for Save the Children, “They’re giving hope. And they’re hitting people where it matters – the youth. They’re impacting lives before we form our opinions, before we get old and you can’t change. When you’re young, you’re impressionable, and if you show love to a kid unencumbered, it has a lasting effect that transcends ideological beliefs, war, factions, famine, all of it. So for that, I want to give a round of applause to Save the Children.”

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OneRepublic share Bangkok itinerary, talk new music and decade-long journey

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Since OneRepublic swung by Bangkok in elephant pants between their 2013 Native Tour dates, fans have been longing for the day they would perform in the city.

Thanks to BEC-Tero Live Nation, last Thursday, September 21 the Colorado band of multihyphenates finally took on the Impact Arena and put on a two-hour debut show. It was packed with spellbinding hits like “Stop and Stare”, “Secrets”, “Apologize” and “Counting Stars”; huge pop anthems including “Kids”, “Good Life”, “Something I Need” and “Love Runs Out”; and stripped down covers of songs which frontman, the “Secret King of Pop”, Ryan Tedder himself penned, namely Beyoncé’s “Halo” and Ed Sheeran’s “Happier”.

Before all of that went down AsiaLive365 attended the show’s press conference where Tedder, Brent Kutzle (bass, cello, keyboard), Zach Filkins (guitar, viola), Drew Brown (guitar, synths) and Eddie Fisher (drums) shared their Bangkok itinerary and talked new music, exciting collaborations, and decade-long journey as a band.
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Ryan’s interview for Schön! Magazine

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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.
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Ryan Tedder wants to invent a new album model

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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.”

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OneRepublic on ‘GMA’ Tribute to Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell: ‘It’s Heavy, But an Honor’

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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.”
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