“There are songs that fly up the charts because of the zeitgeist, but if you're too attached to the current sound, that song will be time-stamped. We just handed in an album with six or seven singles, but by the time we get to single six or seven, production will have changed. So we try to make stuff that doesn't sound dated.”
This statement by OneRepublic’s lead vocalist, Ryan Tedder sums up not only their music but also what has made them so popular. OneRepublic have made staying ahead of the curve their specialty and it has served them well too. The band does not believe in being genre specific and that is why their sound is so diverse.
OneRepublic stand among the most famous bands on the planet today and their music has attracted millions of fans all around the globe.
A look at OneRepublic tickets sales numbers for their latest tours is a testament to that.
OneRepublic cite U2, Prince, M83 and the Beatles as the artists/bands to have influenced their music the most. That is a pretty diverse list and it just proves the point that they do not really conform themselves to a particular style of music. That is also their biggest strength.
OneRepublic might have been formed in 2002, but the seeds were planted a few years earlier. Ryan Tedder met Zach Filkins in the year 1996 as students at the Colorado Sprints Christian High School. They were driving home one day when they made the decision to form their own band. They named the band, “The Beautiful Mess” and after recruiting a few of their friends for the line-up, began to perform small gigs. Filkins and Tedder then parted ways once school ended as they both had to attend different universities.
They met again in 2002 in LA to form a new band and called it “Republic.” They changed the name to OneRepublic shortly afterwards and began to attract a lot of attention on the social media website MySpace. They soon signed up with Mosley Music Group and in the process became the first rock band to sign up for the label.
The Big Break
OneRepublic released their first album “Dreaming Out Loud” on November 20, 2007. Its lead single Apologize was a massive hit. Timbaland, who was also the founder of the Mosley Music Group, decided to tweak the track a little. The changes worked and the song went to top charts globally. It spent eight straight weeks at the top of the Billboard Pop 100 and sold well over a whopping five million copies in the US to go five times platinum. The track also brought their way their first ever Grammy nomination. The record itself has been certified platinum in the US.
OneRepublic were up and running!
More Success and Recognition
“Waking Up” was their second album and hit the music stores on November 17, 2009. It went to the number 21 spot on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. Waking Up also went platinum in Germany. Its lead single All the Right Moves went double platinum in the United States while another track from the album Secrets went even better to earn quadruple certification in the country.
Their next album “Native” came out in 2013 and went to the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 on debut. This made it their first album ever to reach the top ten in the country. Its single Counting Stars went as high as the second spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at the top spot in the UK too. Another track from the album Something I Need went triple platinum in Australia. Native itself received widespread acclaim from the critics and it did very well on the commercial front too. The album has been certified platinum in the UK, Australia and the US.
Their most recent album “Oh My My” came out on October 7, 2016. It received critical acclaim especially from AllMusic that gave it three and a half stars out of five. The album went as high as the third spot on the US Billboard 200 on its debut.
OneRepublic Tickets 2017
The band has now hit the road to headline the Honda Civic Tour. It kicked off proceedings on July 7, 2017 in Kansas City and fans have been buying OneRepublic tickets 2017. The road trip ended its US leg of the tour on September 12, 2017, and now the caravan is on its way to Asia. The tour will end on September 27, 2017, in Shanghai, China.
That does not however mean that the band won’t come out with new music. In a Facebook post in April, 2017, Tedder said that the band will come out with “new music as often as humanly possible... monthly, weekly sometimes.”
What this means is that OneRepublic will be releasing fresh material for their fans- just not in the form of an album. They are trying to break the mould somewhat by not going after the standard album releases.
They are pushing the boundaries once again and that is just so OneRepublic.