OneRepublic is an American, self-proclaimed “genreless”, band formed in Colorado Springs in 2002 by Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins. After a few years of moderate success, they have since drawn mainstream attention with the release of their single “Apologize,” which has sold in excess of 7 million singles worldwide. The song, according to SoundScan Data, is one of only two songs that have reached 3 million legal downloads in history. A remix of “Apologize” was featured on Timbaland’s Shock Value and the band’s debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, produced by Greg Wells. Their debut album was released in the United States on November 20, 2007, with international release dates staggered throughout early 2008. As of June 14, 2008, Dreaming Out Loud had sold 761,298 copies in the U.S. with the bands total album sales coming to over 1.5 million worldwide so far. The band’s second single, “Stop and Stare,” has also crossed the 2 million mark in terms of worldwide single sales. Their third single, “Say (All I Need)”, has been released in the UK and in the U.S.
OneRepublic’s song “Apologize”, written by Ryan Tedder, was released in its original version on the band’s debut album Dreaming Out Loud. The song was also prominently featured as a remix on Timbaland’s 2007 release of Shock Value. The single, as featured on Shock Value, has gone 3x Platinum (marking three million copies sold in the U.S) and 5 million copies worldwide. It peaked at number three on the U.K. Official Top 40 Week on November 11, 2007. The week of November 10, 2007, “Apologize” was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of Top 40 radio in North America, racking up an astounding 10,331 spins in one week.
“Apologize” (marketed in many countries using the British English spelling “Apologise”) is a song written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for OneRepublic’s debut album Dreaming Out Loud. A remix version was included on the Timbaland album, Shock Value and on the deluxe version of Dreaming Out Loud. The song was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of the Pop Songs radio in North America, with 10,394 plays in one week, until its record was broken by Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love”, which was also co-written by Tedder. The song was a major hit internationally, reaching number one in 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey, and the Netherlands, as well as staying at number one for eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. The song charted in the Top Three on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 13 weeks at number one in Canada. “Apologize” was ranked number 50 on the list of the Billboard Hot 100′s All-Time Top Songs list from the chart’s first 50 years. It spent 25 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, the longest stay there for any song since “Smooth” by Santana, which spent 30 weeks in 1999. It was also ranked number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. It remains OneRepublic’s biggest hit single in the USA to date.