Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic — he’s a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story, Tedder also revealed the stories of what went into creating some of the biggest songs he’s written and co-written. Here, Tedder shares the songwriting stories of “Halo” (Beyoncé), “Rumour Has It” (Adele,) OneRepublic (“Apologize,” “Counting Stars”), “Burn” (Ellie Goulding), and “Bleeding Love” (Leona Lewis).
TEDDER: “I was playing a pickup game right before a show in Michigan and I tore my Achilles heel. It was the most intense pain I ever experienced in my life. I passed out. So I ended up going home for two weeks. My wife forbade me from writing or doing any work whatsoever. Evan Bogart and I were superclose friends. He was having his explosion as a songwriter, and I texted him and said, ‘My wife’s gone for three hours, will you come over? Let’s write one song.’ Beyoncé had contacted me because of a song on our first album called ‘Come Home.’ So he came over and I said, ‘Dude, Beyoncé wants me to do a song. Let’s do a song in three hours.’ I had this idea for a patch of this weird choir of angels thing, started playing it and within three hours we had ‘Halo.'”
Read about the rest of the songs HERE.
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