I had the opportunity to sit down with they guys from OneRepublic at their show in Charlotte last night. It was cool to be able to enter the current pop world for a moment and catch a glimpse of a band that has had huge international success and seeing mountains more on the horizon. The guys (Ryan, Zach, Drew, Eddie, and Brent) are the real deal, both in artistry and personality. They were so accommodating, friendly, and displayed an impressive character.
The new single “All the Right Moves” just went to radio and the release date for the new album “Waking Up” is due out on November 17, 2009. From the 4 or 5 songs I heard, it is a knockout and will be a very impressive follow up to their debut platinum release “Dreaming Out Loud”. The biggest single “Apologize” sold an astounding 9 million digital copies worldwide and was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of Top 40 radio in the U.S., accumulating 10,331 spins in one week. The single sat on top of the Top 40 chart for five months.
You would think with that kind of success and world wide acclaim that the members of OneRepublic would be arrogant and unapproachable. Nothing could be further from the truth. These guys are personable, funny, and authentic – plus they care about things that truly matter in the world. Seems to me like they and Bono would get along famously.
Check out the new single and mark down the date of the album release. Also see them out on the road if you can. And might I add that Former Matchbox 20 front-man and now solo artist Rob Thomas sounded great during his show as well.