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OneRepublic’s next album is still, in their words, “in the clouds somewhere,” but frontman Ryan Tedder has kept busy penning tunes with some of the of the music industry’s biggest names.
Along with Adele, Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, The Voice winner Javier Colon and many others, Tedder contributed to two tracks that will be featured on Gavin DeGraw’s upcoming album, Sweeter.
“One of our favorite guys to hang out with actually as a band,” Tedder told The Hollywood Reporter at the Do Something Awards blue carpet. “He has a bar in New York and we actually hang out with him up at his place and listen to music.”
When asked whether he had been in contact with DeGraw since his frightening New York City assault last week, Tedder revealed that the two had exchanged text messages.
“He’s just confused, and getting through it,” Tedder explained. “The whole thing is just random and absurd. But he’s recovering and cancelled some more dates, but he’ll be back at the end of the month, I think. Back with Maroon 5 and Train.”
Tedder co-wrote DeGraw’s current single, “Not Over You,” as well as the album’s title track — A project he describes as “a guilty pleasure.” While fans have found a comfortable familiarity with DeGraw’s catchy lead single, Tedder promises a game changer with the next release.
“’‘Not Over You’ is very much more contemporary sounding. More like Gavin DeGraw 3.0,” Tedder said. “‘Sweeter’ sounds like nothing else. That’s one of these songs that I really hope it becomes a big song and a big success for him, because it’s so different from anything on radio — so different.
“It’s like, Sly and the Family Stone mixed with The Black Keys,” he continued. “[It’s] just so cool and if it works, then it’s gonna help shift radio a little bit because it doesn’t sound like all the stuff that’s out there. “
OneRepublic can be seen performing with B.o.B. on the VH1 Do Something Awards, airing Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. DeGraw’s forthcoming album is slated for a Sept. 20 release.
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