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"Apologize" is a song written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder from 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 co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

The song charted strongly around the world, reaching number one in 16 countries, including Australia, Austriamarker, Germanymarker, Italymarker, New Zealandmarker, Swedenmarker, Egyptmarker, Turkeymarker, and the Netherlandsmarker, as well as staying at number one for eight consecutive weeks on Billboard's Pop 100. The song reached the USmarker and UKmarker top three and spent thirteen weeks at number one in Canadamarker. "Apologize" is number 50 on the definitive list of Billboard's Hot 100 All-Time Songs from the chart's first 50 years, August 1958 through July 2008; achieving this status after it spent 25 consecutive weeks in the top 10, the longest stay there for any song since "Smooth," by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, spent 30 weeks there in 1999. The song has so far sold over 4,270,000 digital downloads in the United States to date.

Music video

The original music video for the song, which was not officially released, features sepia-toned, grainy footage of Tedder playing the piano and singing.

Remix version

A remix of "Apologize," produced by Greg Wells and additionally produced and mixed by Timbaland, was featured on Timbaland's studio debut album, "Timbaland Presents Shock Value". The remix includes Timbaland drum beats, and added vocals, in addition to auto-tune sound mixing, and an R&B style verse.

The remix of "Apologize" was highly successful, becoming Shock Value's third unofficial single. It gained significant airplay, contributing to the success of "Apologize" in the US and on the US airplay charts. The remix version also caused "Apologize" to enter the US R&B charts, debuting and #87 and rising to #60. It is included on bonus tracks of OneRepublic's studio debut album as well as a double-sided AB CD single and Timbaland's album. On iTunes, it is Timbaland's most popular track (currently), and has reached the top 30 most-downloaded. It is currently the best-selling single of this decade, just in front of Bleeding Love.

The ballad remix of "Apologize"... "incorporates an unobtrusive Timbaland beat and some distant vocal accents". [537636]

Music video

An official video associated with the remix was filmed on September 19, 2007 and released in early October. The video made its broadcast debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown on October 27, 2007. The video, directed by Robert Hales, was shot in a recording studio and shows Ryan Tedder and the other band members performing the song. The video also includes scenes from a New Year's Eve countdown party. In a third version of the video, also directed by Robert Hales and associated with the remix, Timbaland is shown remixing the song while the camera circles OneRepublic as they perform.

A European version of the video features clips of the film Keinohrhasen, starring Til Schweiger.

In April 2008, the video for the remix of "Apologize" was YouTube's fourth most viewed music video, with 52 million views, but the video has since been removed by the user and is now gone from the most-viewed-of-all-time list.

A Japanese version of the video is also available yet rare as it was only on Aired for a limited time. It features the same footage as the original but has more scenes from different angles of the camera. Also features footage of people falling / floating in the air in slow motion.

Chart performance

"Apologize" became a worldwide success, making it OneRepublic's breakout hit and first number-one hit. In the United States "Apologize" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 (behind Alicia Keys number-one hit single "No One" and Flo Rida ft. T-Pain's hit "Low") for four non-consecutive weeks spending eleven weeks at number three and twenty-five weeks inside the top ten and peaking at number three for ten weeks on the Hot 100 Airplay, and became the third single from Shock Value to have topped the Billboard Pop 100. It has also become 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 US Mainstream Top 40 radio.

In the United Kingdom, "Apologize" climbed to number thirty-two based on digital downloads alone, and peaked at number three. The song spent 28 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart and 13 weeks in the Top 10. The song ended 2007 as the years sixteenth biggest selling single in the UK.

In Australia the single debuted at number ten on the ARIA Singles Chart, and peaked at number one for eight consecutive weeks, and has been certified 4x Platinum by ARIA. It is now the number one most downloaded single of all time in Australia and New Zealand. The song has reached number one on both the Canadian Hot 100 and New Zealand RIANZ Chart. It is the first number one from Shock Value in New Zealand's RIANZ Chart and has been certified platinum and ran for seven weeks consecutively. Fourth consecutive number one in the Canadian Hot 100, where it spent an impressive thirteen consecutive weeks atop the chart.

On Billboard's official European Hot 100 chart the song debuted at number sixteen, making it the highest debut chart position of any new act in the history of the chart. In the second week on the European Hot 100, it had entered the top ten.

Tracks listing

CD single

  1. "Apologize (Remix)" (Radio edit)
  2. "Apologize (Remix)" (Album version)
  3. "Give It to Me" (Laugh at 'Em Remix)

European CD single

  1. "Apologize (Remix)" (Radio edit)
  2. "Apologize" (Album version)
  3. "The Way I Are" (OneRepublic remix)
  4. "Apologize (Remix)" (Video)

UK CD single

  1. "Apologize (Remix)" (Album version)
  2. "Give It to Me" (Laugh at 'Em Remix) (Radio edit)

Australian CD single

  1. "Apologize" (Timbaland presents OneRepublic) - 3:06
  2. "Apologize" (OneRepublic Version) - 3:27

Release history

Region Date
United Statesmarker September 17, 2007
United Kingdommarker October 29, 2007
Europe November 9, 2007
Australia November 19, 2007


Chart (2007/2008) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles (Flanders) 2
Belgian Ultratop 40 Singles (Wallonia) 2
Canadian Hot 100 1
Danish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Top 40 1
Finnish Singles Chart 4
French Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Romanian Top 100 2
Russian Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
Turkey Top 20 Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 60
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1

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