OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder Says He Feels It's 'Tone-Deaf' to Release New Music During Pandemic

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder said he feels it’s “tone-deaf” to release new music during the coronavirus pandemic.

The musician, 40, explained in an interview with USA Today that his band recently released a charity song, “Better Days,” about “this time and space we’re in,” but only on the condition that the profits be donated to the Red Cross.

“I feel weird saying, ‘Come buy my stuff, check me out,’ ” he said. “Meanwhile, people are sick and dying. It’s very tone-deaf.”

He added that it’s also “really hard to get anyone to pay attention” to new music right now and noted that OneRepublic’s latest album has been “delayed indefinitely until fall.”

Tedder previously told PEOPLE the album was slated for spring 2020.

“We tour in the summer, so we do have an actual hard deadline,” he said in November. “I don’t want to get past Memorial Day without an album physically being out.”

But the coronavirus pandemic has changed things, and Tedder now says the album will have to wait.

“Nobody can compete with the news cycle right now. And if you’re not doing that, you’re competing with Tiger King,” he told USA Today, referencing the hit Netflix docuseries. “We have this huge record that we wanted to drop in mid-May that we now won’t. It’s a summer song, it’s like the Beach Boys, it feels like it’s such a hit, but I’m not going to do it in the middle of a pandemic.”

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“So much of what OneRepublic does is driven by television. We do a lot of TV, but at that point, the Today show canceled. Ellen canceled. Everything canceled,” Tedder continued. “And I’m not going to go put out an album I spent the better part of 6 to 12 months working on in a vacuum.”

Tedder added to the outlet that the loss of people playing music to and from work is significant, as is the fact that many are choosing to listen to “familiar” songs versus new.

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In addition to leading OneRepublic, Tedder serves as a producer for major artists, including Adele and Beyonce, and is both an executive producer and a panelist on NBC’s songwriting series Songland.

He said he has songs with other artists slated for the spring, all of which are now up in the air.

“I have a lot of songs with artists — Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Katy Perry — that were all supposed to be coming out in the next couple of months,” Tedder said in the new interview. “Some of them might, but I can tell you that every single artist I’ve talked with is sitting there going, ‘Well, what do I do? Is it going to be a tree falling in a forest?’”

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Source: People.com (https://people.com/music/onerepublics-ryan-tedder-says-he-feels-its-tone-deaf-to-release-new-music-during-pandemic/)

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