Saturday, February 21, 2009

Single Review: OneRepublic - Apologize

"Apologize" is a song written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for the band's 2007 debut album "Dreaming Out Loud". According to the band's MySpace site, the song "explores the personal pain of multiple relationships gone awry and the necessity of moving on". The song was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of Top 40 radio in North America, with 10,331 plays in one week, until its record was broken by Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love", which was also written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

The song charted strongly around the world, reaching number one in sixteen countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Egypt, Turkey, and the Netherlands, as well as staying at number one for eight consecutive weeks on Billboard's Pop 100. The song reached the U.S. and U.K. top three and spent thirteen weeks at number one in Canada. "Apologize" is number fifty on the definitive list of Billboard's Hot 100 All-Time Songs from the chart's first fifty years, August 1958 through July 2008; achieving this status after it spent twenty-five consecutive weeks in the top ten, the longest stay there for any song since "Smooth," by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, spent thirty weeks there in 1999. With sales of over 4.3 million digital downloads in the U.S. alone, "Apologize" is the most legally downloaded song in U.S. digital history in 2008. "Apologize" has sold in excess of ten million singles worldwide. The single was released on 0 April 2006.

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