WhoI Am: Ryan Tedder On OneRepublic’s New Album, McCartney, Basquiat, More

OneRepublic architect Ryan Tedder is among those at the absolute pinnacle of pop/rock singer/songwriters. You can tell it just from the company he keeps — McCartney, Taylor Swift, Adele. From his many collaborative adventures, he tells the best story I’ve ever heard in music.

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Songland’s Ryan Tedder On Mad Tasty Branding, Philanthropy, Voting And New OneRepublic

Oklahoma native Ryan Tedder has had a hand in some of the most popular songs of the last 20 years, working with a diverse array of artists ranging anywhere from Adele and Beyoncé to U2 and Paul McCartney as one of the most in demand songwriters and producers in modern music.

As singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for alternative pop group OneRepublic, Tedder penned “Apologize,” collaborating with Timbaland on a remix of a song which stands as one of the biggest hits in the history of Billboard’s Modern Top 40 chart, indicative of record breaking radio airplay across America upon its release.

The host of NBC’s Songland is also an investor and philanthropist. Tedder has created a strong brand that resonates across a variety of different industries and mediums, giving back wherever possible.

Taking the knowledge he had gleaned from investing in companies like Public Goods and Dos Hombres Mezcal, Tedder launched Mad Tasty in 2018, a line of hemp-infused sparkling water.

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Ryan Tedder talks new ‘Songland’, OneRepublic album delay: ‘Nobody can compete with the news’

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’”

Ryan Tedder on why OneRepublic postponed their album: “It feels gross to promote something during this”

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.”