Although OneRepublic is making the TV rounds supporting “Good Life,” the latest single from sophomore album “Waking Up,” frontman Ryan Tedder is already looking ahead to a busy schedule of studio sessions. The producer/songwriter plans to work with B.o.B and Florence & the Machine in Europe later this month and expects to be back in the studio with Katy Perry after her California Dreams summer tour comes to a close.
Two artists that Tedder is not currently planning to work with on their next projects are Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce. Tedder had a well-publicized falling-out with Clarkson in the summer of 2009, when she alleged that “Already Gone,” the single Tedder had co-written for her, was suspiciously similar to his work on Beyonce’s “Halo.”
While Tedder says he “admires and respects Kelly,” he does not have plans to work on her next album, saying that it “wasn’t the right time for us to make music together.” Meanwhile, Tedder says that he and Beyonce discussed getting back in the studio together for her forthcoming fourth album, but “between two crazy busy schedules, it just didn’t work out.”
Tedder says that the past few months have been “pretty bonkers” for him, and one can see why just by watching primetime television this week. OneRepublic performed “Good Life” on “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday (April 5) and on “Conan” the following night.
Tedder also appeared on “American Idol” last night to help out vocal contestant Stefano Langone with his version of Percy Sledge‘s “When a Man Loves a Woman” — although he was originally slated to assist “Idol” hopeful Pia Toscano.
“I had a song ready for Pia, and then they came and said, ‘There’s been a mistake.’ I had the wrong song and the wrong artist,” says Tedder, who has worked with “Idol” stars David Cook, Jordin Sparks and Adam Lambert in the past. But the singer adds, “Stefano blew me away. He’s a real professional. I’ve worked with successful recording artists that aren’t as professional.”
When he’s not busy helping other artists, Tedder is helping OneRepublic gear up for its third album — “I just want to tear the roof off with the next record, come back with a sonic boom,” he says. Tedder got a taste of the kind of music he is envisioning for OneRepublic’s next effort when the band opened for U2 in Europe last September.
“I saw the kind of songs that make 80,000 people jump up and down to a chorus,” he said. “I want to capture some of that.”