OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder said he feels it’s “tone-deaf” to release new music during the coronavirus pandemic.
The musician, 40, explained in an interview with USA Today that his band recently released a charity song, “Better Days,” about “this time and space we’re in,” but only on the condition that the profits be donated to the Red Cross.
“I feel weird saying, ‘Come buy my stuff, check me out,’ ” he said. “Meanwhile, people are sick and dying. It’s very tone-deaf.”
He added that it’s also “really hard to get anyone to pay attention” to new music right now and noted that OneRepublic’s latest album has been “delayed indefinitely until fall.”
In addition to leading OneRepublic, Tedder serves as a producer for major artists, including Adele and Beyonce, and is both an executive producer and a panelist on NBC’s songwriting series Songland.
He said he has songs with other artists slated for the spring, all of which are now up in the air.
“I have a lot of songs with artists — Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Katy Perry — that were all supposed to be coming out in the next couple of months,” Tedder said in the new interview. “Some of them might, but I can tell you that every single artist I’ve talked with is sitting there going, ‘Well, what do I do? Is it going to be a tree falling in a forest?’”
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