Downtown Music Publishing and Ryan Tedder will today (April 10) announce a wide-ranging partnership that will bring all of the songwriter’s compositions under one company’s roof. Downtown is buying rights to the songs Tedder wrote outside his band OneRepublic, and it will now administer songs he writes for the group and compositions owned by Tedder’s Patriot Games Publishing -- as well as all new material Tedder writes in the future.
Tedder’s songs were until now administered by other companies. In addition to being the frontman for OneRepublic, Tedder has produced and written songs for Madonna, Adele, Beyoncé, U2 and a variety of other artists. Billboard called him the "Undercover King of Pop" in a 2014 cover story that said he made $2.5 million in songwriting royalties the previous year. His biggest songs include OneRepublic singles like "Apologize" and "Secrets," plus "Halo" (a hit for Beyoncé ), "Rumor Has It" (Adele), and "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis).
Tedder says he developed a good feeling about Downtown while using the company’s studio, which is located in its New York office. "So many studios have no natural light and theirs has a great vibe, with a fire escape and everything," Tedder tells Billboard. "But I really made the decision over a dinner -- one where we talked about everything except the music business."