Fans will tell you that OneRepublic is an incredible pop rock band that was formed in Colorado Springs in 2002. Many of their biggest fans followed the band since their first appearances on Myspace as unsigned artists. But how did they get from there to their modern day superstar status?
In late 2002, the band had been playing shows throughout the Los Angeles area when they were noticed by several record labels. Ultimately, the band signed on with Velvet Hammer, which was an imprint of Columbia Records. Their first album was made during the summer and fall of 2005 at a studio in Culver City, California, but right before its scheduled 2006 release, the band was dropped by Columbia.
So the band released the lead single from the planned album, “Apologize” on April 30, 2006. The song eventually reached #1 on the Myspace charts, which may have given the band the push they need for the eventual 2007 release of their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud.
But one thing was for certain, the band had something special. Since the album debuted at #14 in the US with 75,000 first week sales despite critical reception by critics. But even the harshest critics agreed that OneRepublic had potential with Rolling Stone calling them a band to watch.
Today, the band has honed their style to a sound that maintains critical praise by both fans and critics alike. Their style has been described as a sum of a bunch of parts. Which explains why the band has grown to have massive appeal. Their blend of genres and styles and openness to growth and change has kept them sounding fresh ever since those early days.
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