|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2012)|
OneRepublic performing at the Burswood Dome, Perth, Western Australia, March 2008
|Origin||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States|
|Genres||Pop rock, alternative rock|
|Labels||Columbia, Mosley Music, Interscope|
|Past members||Jerrod Bettis
OneRepublic is an American rock band from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Formed in 2003 by Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on MySpace as an unsigned act. In 2003, the band was discovered by actress Kelly Barrett in Hollywood and signed to Sony BMG for three years, before moving to Mosley Music Group.
In 2007, OneRepublic released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud. Its lead single, "Apologize" was notably remixed by Timbaland, becoming a huge international success, reaching number one in sixteen countries, subsequently earning them a Grammy Award nomination. The second single, "Stop and Stare" mirrored its predecessor's success. The album was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The band's second album, Waking Up, (2009) produced the successful singles, "All the Right Moves", "Secrets", "Marchin On", and "Good Life", the latter reaching the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100.
OneRepublic's third album, Native (2013) became the band's first top ten album on the Billboard 200, and highest charting album to date, charting at number four. The lead single, "If I Lose Myself" charted within the top ten in several countries, while the album's third single, "Counting Stars", became the band's most successful single in recent years, obtaining top five placements in Australia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. This marks their highest charting single in the United Kingdom to date. It has also peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, marking their highest peak since "Good Life" in 2010.
- 1 History
- 2 Musical style and influences
- 3 Covers
- 4 Members
- 5 Discography
- 6 Concert tours
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The first incarnation of what evolved into OneRepublic formed in 1996 after Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins befriended each other during their senior year at Colorado Springs Christian High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During a drive home, as Filkins and Tedder discussed favorite musicians including Fiona Apple, Peter Gabriel and U2, they decided to put together a band. They enlisted a few musical friends and named their rock act This Beautiful Mess—a phrase which first attained cult prominence a year earlier when Sixpence None the Richer released its award-winning second album, This Beautiful Mess. Tedder, Filkins & Co. had a few small gigs at Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House, attended by friends and family. Senior year ended, and Tedder and Filkins parted ways, each attending different colleges.
Early career (2002–2007)
Reuniting in Los Angeles in 2002, Tedder and Filkins reformed their second band under the moniker Republic. Tedder, by then an established songwriter and record producer, had convinced Filkins who was living in Chicago to relocate. Nine months later, the band signed with Columbia Records. After a few line-up changes, the group finally settled with Tedder on vocals, Filkins on guitar and backing vocals, Eddie Fisher on drums, Brent Kutzle on bass and cello, and Drew Brown on lead guitar. The band's name was changed to OneRepublic after the record company mentioned that the name Republic might cause controversy with other bands.
The band worked in the studio for two and a half years and recorded its first full length album. Two months before the album was due to be released, (with "Sleep" as its debut single), OneRepublic was dropped by Columbia Records. The band was beginning to gain prominence on MySpace; Tedder said it was the number-one unsigned act on MySpace, and credits the website for keeping the band together. The band caught the attention of a number of labels, including Timbaland's Mosley Music Group. The band soon signed onto the label, becoming the first rock band to do so.
Dreaming Out Loud and mainstream breakthrough (2007–09)
OneRepublic's debut album Dreaming Out Loud was released on November 20 2007, and debuted at number 14 in the US with first week sales of 75,000. Critical reception to the album ranged from negative to mixed. Allmusic gave the album a modest review, stating the "album sounds derivative" but also "sounds cohesive and smoothly pleasant". Robert Christgau gave the album a negative review, and termed it a "dud". Rolling Stone gave the album 2 out of 5 stars, but placed the band in its "Artists to Watch" list, which featured ten artists that, according to the magazine, "...are bringing the future of music, today."
Their lead single, "Apologize", was released in its original version from the band's debut album Dreaming Out Loud. The song was also prominently featured as a remix on Timbaland's 2007 release of Shock Value. The single, featured on Shock Value, was a major hit both in the United States and internationally. It peaked a number one globally, including eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop 100 chart, subsequently reaching the top three of the Billboard Hot 100. The song sold five million copies in the United States alone, receiving a five-times Platinum certification from the RIAA. The song was a massive hit internationally, reaching number one in sixteen countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden. It also spent thirteen weeks at number one in Canada. It has since been certified over 2x Platinum in 6 countries worldwide, including 4x Platinum in Australia. The song ultimately earned the band their first Grammy nomination for best pop performance in a group or duo. The second single from the album, "Stop and Stare", released in March 2008, reached the top ten in eight countries worldwide, including charting at number four in the United Kingdom, and topping the UK Rock Chart. It also reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100, and number nine on the Pop 100. Additional singles included "Say (All I Need)" and "Mercy". The album was later certified Platinum in the United States and Germany, as well as Gold in Australia, Austria and Canada.
Waking Up (2009–11)
OneRepublic's second studio album, Waking Up, was released on November 17 2009. charting at number 21 on the Billboard 200, and ultimately selling over 200,000 copies in the US. The lead single, "All the Right Moves" was released on September 9 2009, peaking at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and being certified 2x Platinum. "Secrets", the second single from the album, reached the top five in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and on the US Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. Furthermore, it reached number 21 on the Hot 100. The song was used in television series such as Lost, Pretty Little Liars and Nikita. "Marchin On", the album's third single made top ten appearances in Austria, Germany and Israel, however its was the fourth single "Good Life" that became the band's most successful song from the album, particularly in the US. Released on November 19 2010, it became their second top ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time, peaking at number 8 and selling over three million copies in the US alone, earning a 3x Platinum certification. Rolling Stone put the song on its list of the best 15 whistling songs of all time. Waking Up was later certified Gold in Austria, Germany and the US for sales of over 500,000, and has since sold over 800,000 copies worldwide.
In 2009, OneRepublic were featured on Leona Lewis's second studio album Echo on the track "Lost Then Found". On June 5, 2010, the band supported Pink on her Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour at Innsbruck. OneRepublic supported Bon Jovi at The O2 Arena for three dates in June 2010. The band supported Maroon 5 for a fall 2010 tour. In November 2011, OneRepublic released their first Christmas single entitled "Christmas Without You".
OneRepublic released their third studio album Native on March 22 2013, marking the end of the bands 3 and a half year hiatus. The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 becoming their first top 10 album in the US, with first week sales of 60,000. It was also their best opening sales week since their debut album Dreaming Out Loud which sold 75,000 copies in its first week. "Feel Again" was originally released as the lead single on August 27 2012, however after the album being delayed it was re-branded as a "promotional single". The song was released as a part of Save the Children's Every Beat Matters campaign, where a portion of the proceeds from the single's sales would be donated. It peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100, additionally marking top ten positions in Germany and on the US Adult Pop Songs chart. The single was later certified Platinum in the US. The album's first global single, "If I Lose Myself" was released on January 8 2013. It reached the top ten in Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, yet only managed to peak at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has since been certified Gold in both Italy and Australia. The album's third single "Counting Stars" has become their most successful single from the album thus far, and the band's biggest release in recent years. The song achieved significant international success, charting within the top five in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Poland, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovakia and Spain. It reached number 1 in the UK, marking the bands highest charting song ever in that country, while also peaking at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, their first song to crack the top 5 since Apologize in 2007. The song has since peaked at number 1 in 5 countries worldwide, and has gone 4x platinum in Australia, 2x Platinum in New Zealand, Platinum in the UK, Gold in Switzerland and Germany, as well as currently holding a Gold certification in the US.
On April 2 2013 the band embarked on their headlining concert tour The Native Tour in promotion for the album, beginning in Europe. This ran throughout 2013, and saw the band perform shows across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand. The North American tour was a co-headlining tour with singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. The tour will continue into 2014, with the band venturing into Europe and the UK ending March 24 and marking a total of 131 shows. The albums forth single "Something I Need" was released on August 25 2013. Despite little promotion of the song upon its release due to the late and unexpected success of "Counting Stars", the song has still managed to be certified 2x Platinum in Australia and Gold in New Zealand as of November 2013.
Musical style and influences
OneRepublic's varied style of music has been described by Ryan Tedder: "We're no respecter of genre. If it's a good song or a good artist whether rock, pop, indie or hip hop, they've probably influenced us on some level...nothing's new under the sun, we're a sum of a bunch of parts." They cite The Beatles and U2 as heavier influences on its music. OneRepublic has expressed a desire to move listeners onstage the way U2 does.
Allmusic commented on the band's sound, "... OneRepublic recalls the melodies of the Fray and the vocal acrobatics of Maroon 5's Adam Levine... and often favors cathartic, cranked-up choruses." However, Tedder downplays Martin's Coldplay as an influence; "Their influences are our influences. The big difference, though, is that I come from a much wider hip-hop and urban background. I've been producing, writing and performing urban stuff, and I try to bring that into the group because we're not trying to be a British band." Drew Brown also stated: "We aren't all die-hard Coldplay fans, but because of the comparisons, we've done our research, and I'm sure we've got a large handful of common influences."
On tour, the band has been known to cover popular songs. Some covers include:
- "Always Where I Need to Be" by The Kooks - OneRepublic performed this song in the Star Bar at Radio 1 Big Weekend. Tedder and Filkins played the acoustic guitar while Kutzle played the cello and Brown was on the Glockenspiel. Fisher was absent.
- "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve - OneRepublic's version features the string hook at the beginning by Brent Kutzle on cello. During the second chorus Tedder adds his own signature use of falsetto, singing it at a noticeably higher pitch than the original.
- "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley - OneRepublic performed this song in concerts throughout its 2008 European tour.
- "Don't Go Away" by Oasis - OneRepublic chose to perform this song when strippedmusic.com asked them to do a cover of a particular band or artist they considered great. The video for this song is available exclusively on iTunes.
- "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield - OneRepublic performed this song in concerts throughout its 2008 tour.
- "Gold Digger" by Kanye West (and vocals by Jamie Foxx) - After "Preacher", OneRepublic performs a brief excerpt from the song, I Got A Woman (which Gold Digger samples from) before abruptly changing the tempo and breaking out into Gold Digger.
- "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley - OneRepublic's version of the late Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" has had mixed reception. Fans of Jeff Buckley have not responded favorably to the cover. Although Tedder's vocals have been received well, the choice of covering the song in general has been subject to harsh criticism. The song is available as a single and a video from iTunes and is featured on strippedmusic.com.
- "Mercy" by Duffy - Due the song's popularity and chart performance, their cover was added to their UK tour for dreaming out Loud. The song was also recorded on BBC Radio 1 after the band was interviewed, garnering it more airplay. The song also serves as the b-side for the UK release of their third single, "Say (All I Need)". In the band's version, Tedder occasionally adds a few verses from Amy Winehouse's hit song, "Rehab", along the bridge in some of their performances. Tedder has said in an interview that they performed the song because "It is the absolute opposite of anything we would ever do (musically)."
- "Millennium" by Robbie Williams.
- "Oh Holy Night" - OneRepublic covered this Christmas classic during one of their shows a few days before Christmas.
- "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele - OneRepublic started performing this song on their Europe tour in 2011.
- "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys.
- "Same Love" by Macklemore - OneRepublic performed this in a mashup with their hit song, "Apologize".
- "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes - OneRepublic performs this live in a medley after "Stand by Me" by Ben King and before "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake.
- "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake - OneRepublic performs this live in a medley after "Stand by Me" by Ben King and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes.
- "Shout" by Tears for Fears - OneRepublic performed this song during their "Waking Up" tour. This song is featured in their international version of Waking Up.
- "Silent Night" by Joseph Mohr - Most notably, OneRepublic performed this live in front of United States President Barack Obama and his family during the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C.
- "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King - OneRepublic performs this live in a medley before "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes and "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake.
- "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
- "Turning Tables" by Adele - OneRepublic performed this song in Denver, Colorado at the Ogden Theater in front of Governor John Hickenlooper at the charity event hosted by OneRepublic called the Denver Acoustic Christmas.
- "Umbrella" by Rihanna - Like a number of acts in 2007, OneRepublic covered Rihanna's hit single "Umbrella". The band included it in its set list shortly after going on tour.
- "We Found Love" by Rihanna - OneRepublic usually performs this in conjunction at the end of their live performances of their single "Apologize".
- "With or Without You" by U2
- Current members
- Ryan Tedder – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboard, bass guitar, tambourine, African drum, percussion (2002–present)
- Zach Filkins – lead guitar, viola, acoustic guitar, tambourine, backing vocals (2002–present)
- Drew Brown – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard, glockenspiel, marimba, bass guitar, piano, tambourine, percussion, drums, backing vocals (2002–present)
- Eddie Fisher – drums, percussion, African drum, cajón, guitar, glockenspiel (2005–present)
- Brent Kutzle – bass guitar, cello, acoustic guitar, keyboard, piano, lead guitar, tambourine, backing vocals (2007–present)
- Former members
- Jerrod Bettis – drums (2002-2005)
- Tim Myers – bass (2004-2007)
- The Native Tour (2013–14)
Awards and nominations
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Breakout Group||Nominated|
|Choice Music: Rock Track ("Stop and Stare")||Won|
|MuchMusic Video Awards||Best International Video – Group ("Apologize") shared with Timbaland||Nominated|
|Best International Video – Group ("Stop and Stare")||Nominated|
|Premios 40 Principales||Best International Hit ("Apologize")||Won|
|ECHO||National/International Hit of the Year ("Apologize") shared with Timbaland||Nominated|
|MTV Asia Awards||Best Hook Up ("Apologize") shared with Timbaland||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best New Act||Nominated|
|2009||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Rock Song ("Apologize")||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals ("Apologize")||Nominated|
|ECHO||Best International Group||Nominated|
|2010||ESKA MUSIC AWARDS (Poland)||Band Of The Year (International)||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Rock Track ("All The Right Moves")||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Rock Group||Nominated|
|Choice Music: Rock Track ("Good Life")||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group||Nominated|
|2014||Peoples Choice Awards||Favorite Band||Pending|
|Grammy Awards||Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical ("If I Lose Myself") - shared with Alesso||Pending|
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