After enjoying modest success with its first album, OneRepublic has resolved to “definitely evolve” on it sophomore album, according to frontman Ryan Tedder.
But he promises that doesn’t mean it will turn into a different kind of band.
“We’re gonna push the envelope a little bit more,” says the Oklahomaborn Tedder, 29, who’s also known for his songwriting and production collaborations with Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Ashley Tisdale, T.I., Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, the Pussycat Dolls and more. “But we’re mindful of the fans we have and the fans that we’re earning, and we’re not gonna turn our backs on them.
“We know why they love us and what songs and what it is about our music that makes them love us, and we’re not going to forsake that. It’s a balance, and it’s something we spend a lot of time thinking about and are very aware of.”
That philosophy has certainly worked on “Dreaming Out Loud,” which has sold about 1.5 million copies worldwide while its first single, “Apologize” — which was also featured on Timbaland’s album “Shock Value” — has sold more than 4.3 million downloads. The album has launched three other singles, including the recently released “Mercy.”
Tedder says the best part of OneRepublic’s success has been a crossgenre appeal with hits on a variety of different charts.
“My theory is that if a song is a hit, to hell with the genre it’s supposed to be,” he explains. “‘Hey There Delilah,’ that’s not a rock song, but (Plain White T’s) is a rock band. But the song ... doesn’t even fit their own genre. ‘Apologize’ is like that ...
“I just want to keep things beautiful, and keep them (sounding) big. I never want to sit down and write a song for this audience or that audience. I want everybody to like ’em.”
OneRepublic, Augustana, the Hush Sound and the Spill Canvas perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 2) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $36 and $26. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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