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Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic seems to be pondering something on the cover of the March 22 issue of Billboard. Is he thinking about his next big hit for a major star, or perhaps his own band? One thing’s for certain: the pop tunesmith behind hits for artists like Adele, Beyonce and Leona Lewis has emerged as music’s most prolific writer-producer, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Check back Monday to read the full cover story, but until then, here are five things we learned about the tireless artist:
Tedder has been on a creative tear. He recently finished two singles for Ariana Grande’s sophomore album, a new OneRepublic single, two songs for the forthcoming debut from Mikky Ekko — and, oh yeah, a song for Taylor Swift’s next album. As previously reported, he’s worked with U2 and in the full cover story he reveals he’s finished a dance anthem with a legendary performer.
He never checks his money. The Tulsa native swears he hasn’t looked at a royalty check since his very first — $7,500 in mechanical royalties for co-writing and singing on Bubba Sparxxx’s “She Tried” single.
He writes (all) the songs. In the past six months alone, he has charted Hot 100 hits for Maroon 5 (“Love Somebody,” peaking at No. 10), Ellie Goulding (“Burn,” No. 13), Demi Lovato (“Neon Lights,” No. 36), Beyonce (“XO,” No. 45) and The Fray (“Love Don’t Die,” No. 60), in addition to the impressive run of “Counting Stars” — currently in its 20th straight week in the top 10.
He’s under the radar and happy about it. Tedder says that his current level of notoriety is ideal. “The day that I can’t go out and walk around Paris, I’m done. I’m not joking. If I can’t do what I’ve done the last five days, I’m done.”
He wants to floor the hipsters. He admits to having flirted with the idea of doing a more experimental, hipster-baiting side project someday, one that would make his love for bands like James Blake, M83 and LCD Soundsystem more apparent. “If I ever decided to do that, I could create something that would surprise the hell out of even Pitchfork.”
This article first appeared on Billboard.com. Return to Billboard.com on Monday morning for the full cover story, plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes video and interview.
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