OneRepublic performs Counting Stars from the album, Native, at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Ryan Tedder reveals before the performance that the song will soon be retired from the band’s set list.
Seacrest interviews Tedder during On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest questions Tedder about how he decides which songs to save for his band and which songs to give to other artist.
I’ve never really had too much of an issue doing it because when I switch into writing for OneRepublic, it’s a bit Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I literally go to a different part of my brain. When I’m writing for OneRepublic, it’s 100% personal and it’s me writing for us and when I’m writing for someone else, it almost feels like a game.
Seacrest interviews Tedder during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and asks him which artist he would most like to work with.
I would really love to get in the room and do something with Florence + the Machine. Me and Florence have been talking about us getting in the room and doing something for like three years now so I definitely want to get in with her because I think she’s one of the most interesting artists in the world.
The very short back story on the song was when we were working on Native I originally thought this was going to be the first single and it’s called Love Runs Out and I wanted it to be the first single, a few of us in the band did, but I could not finish the chorus. And you can’t have a song without a chorus.
It took me about a year,We finished it in Paris.
was written from the point of total desperation – I was beyond broke, I kept getting eviction notices and I really felt like I was watching my life passing me by.