Apologize (OneRepublic song)

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"Apologize"
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iTunes cover
Single by Timbaland presents OneRepublic
from the album Dreaming Out Loud
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
GenrePop rock, adult contemporary [1]
Length3:28
Label
Songwriter(s)Ryan Tedder
Producer(s)Greg Wells
OneRepublic singles chronology
"Apologize"
(2007)
"Stop and Stare"
(2007)
Audio sample

"Apologize" (also spelled "Apologise" internationally) is the debut single written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for OneRepublic's debut album Dreaming Out Loud. It was released as the lead single of that album. Timbaland remixed the song for his second studio album, Shock Value (2007). This version, also produced by Greg Wells, included an extra line of percussion, new backing vocals, and added sound samples, in addition to sound mixing and a few other minor changes. The guitar solo after the second verse was omitted. The song was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of the Mainstream Top 40 chart 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.[2] The song was a major hit internationally, reaching number one in 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, 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 peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, staying in the top-10 for 25 weeks, and spent 13 weeks at number one in Canada.[3]

"Apologize" earned the band a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and 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.[4] It was also ranked number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[5]

Music video[edit]

An official video associated with the remix was filmed on September 19, 2007, and released in early October.[6] The video premiered on VH1's Top 20 Countdown on October 27, 2007. The video was directed by Robert Hales and was shot in a recording studio showing OneRepublic performing the song. The video also includes scenes from a New Year's Eve countdown party, starring actor Brian A. Pollack.[7] In a third version of the video, also directed by Robert Hales and associated with the remix, Timbaland is portrayed remixing the song himself.[8] A European version of the video features clips of the film Keinohrhasen, starring Til Schweiger. A Japanese version of the video was also made available for a short time. It features the same footage as the original but has more scenes from different camera angles. It also features footage of people falling and floating in the air in slow motion. The music video currently has 294.31 million views.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

"Apologize" was OneRepublic's breakout hit. In the United States, "Apologize" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for four non-consecutive weeks, first blocked from the top spot for two weeks by Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss" and then for two weeks by Alicia Keys' "No One". It spent 11 weeks at number three and 25 weeks inside the top 10 and peaked at number three for 10 weeks on the Hot 100 Airplay. It also topped the Billboard Pop 100 and became the third single from Shock Value to have topped the chart. It also became the album's first number-one single on the Billboard Adult Top 40. It is also the second consecutive single from Shock Value to reach number one on the US Mainstream Top 40 radio. It became only the tenth song to sell over 5 million by May 2011 in the US.[10] As of February 2014, it had sold 5,819,000 copies.[11] In late 2009, the song was ranked in 10th place on the Billboard Hot 100 Decade-End chart, making it the highest-ranking song and the only top-10 ranking song on there to not top the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In the UK, "Apologize" climbed to number 32 on the strength of digital downloads alone, and peaked at number three. The song spent 28 consecutive weeks in the top 40 and 13 weeks in the top 10. The song ended 2007 as the year's sixteenth biggest selling single in Britain.[12] In Australia, the single debuted at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and peaked at number one. It stayed at the top for eight consecutive weeks, and was certified 4x Platinum by ARIA.[13][14][15] The song reached number one on both the Canadian Hot 100 and New Zealand RIANZ Chart. It is the most downloaded single of all time in Australia and New Zealand. On Billboard's official European Hot 100 Singles chart, the song debuted at number 16, making it the highest debut chart position of any new act in the history of the chart. It later entered the top 10. The song went gold in Russia with 100,000 copies sold.[16]

In Germany, the song was downloaded 437,000 times, making it the third best-selling download single of all time behind Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and Lena Meyer-Landrut's "Satellite".[17]

Track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

  • Luke Bryan covered "Apologize" on Doin' My Thing[18]
  • Kris Allen covered "Apologize" on the eighth season of American Idol.
  • Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation covered the song as part of their weekly radio promos for their 15-year anniversary show, Elements. The song is also featured on their cover album The Q-Music Sessions.
  • Swedish alternative metal band All Ends covered the song on their album All Ends.
  • Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein covered the song on the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album.
  • A cover version by T.J. and the Revo entitled "Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration", which uses the tune and altered lyrics in the vein of the American Revolution, was produced in 2010 by Soomo Publishing.
  • Actor and singer Willam released a parody cover in 2013 titled "RuPaulogize" where she discussed her experiences and disqualification on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The season winner Sharon Needles plays RuPaul.
  • Female country singer Kacey Musgraves and Pixie Lott have also covered "Apologize".
  • In February 2, 2010, Soomo Publishing uploaded a parody version of this song, titled "Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration" to YouTube, which has more than 11.8 million views as of May 24, 2021.[19]

Charts[edit]

All-time charts[edit]

Chart Position
US Billboard Pop Songs (1992–2017)[97] 4
US Billboard Hot 100 (1958-2018)[98] 64

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[99] 8× Platinum 560,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[100] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[101] 5× Platinum 400,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[102] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[103] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Italy 100,000[104]
Italy (FIMI)[105]
since 2010
Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[106] Platinum 15,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[81] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[107] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[108] 3× Platinum 90,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[109] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[110] 4× Platinum 5,819,000[11]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "Apologize"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States September 11, 2007 Contemporary hit radio Interscope [111]
United Kingdom October 29, 2007 CD single Polydor [112]
Germany November 9, 2007
Universal [113][114]
Australia November 19, 2007 CD single [115]

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