Wherever I Go (song)

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"Wherever I Go"
OneRepublic - Wherever I Go.png
Single by OneRepublic
from the album Oh My My
Released May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Length 2:49
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tedder
  • Kutzle
  • Zancanella
OneRepublic singles chronology
"I Lived"
(2014)
"Wherever I Go"
(2016)
"Kids"
(2016)

"I Lived"
(2014)
"Wherever I Go"
(2016)
"Kids"
(2016)
Music video
"Wherever I Go" on YouTube

"Wherever I Go" is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic from their fourth studio album, Oh My My.[1] The song was written and produced by lead singer Ryan Tedder, bassist/cellist Brent Kutzle and producer Noel Zancanella. It was released as the album's lead single on May 13, 2016.

The song's accompanying music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, focuses on a day in the life of a Korean businessman (Kenneth Choi) stuck in his daily routine.

"Wherever I Go" is in the Just Dance 2017 track list.

Background and composition[edit]

"Wherever I Go" features piano lines and a funk-driven rhythm, marking a new style for the band. Explaining why it was important the lead single be different from the rest of the new album, Ryan Tedder said, "It's not indicative of the entire album but it's kind of like if you go have dinner, you don't order steak for an appetizer and steak for dinner. You split it up, and you have different things. So the first single... it's definitely an appetizer, I think it's the best appetizer we could come up with."

Tedder sings here of not being able to find a love to match one that he once had. This previous relationship will always remain a "ghost in the room," whenever he gets together with a new girl. Tedder explained the song is about "obsession, and almost an unnatural, unhealthy level of obsession."

Speaking on BBC Radio 1, Tedder discussed how hard OneRepublic worked to make the song sound fresh and current, but still organic. "It's hard as an actual band to evolve and still keep the humanity in the instruments," he said. "So it's tricky. You wanna hear the bass player, you wanna hear the drummer, but you want it to sound modern at the same time. So it took...ages to crack that code."

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on May 17, 2016, directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Jil Hardin. Within the video, actor Kenneth Choi plays a businessman who faces an uneventful, colorless world of black, white and gray on a daily basis. However, upon meeting a woman, played by actress Yvonne Lu,[2] whom he presumably falls in love with, he subsequently puts down his briefcase, symbolising the idea of him leaving his regular, insipid characteristics behind him. He begins to elaborately dance, an action usually not associated with business. His coworkers look at him aghast before also joining in. Still, he cannot woo over the woman he is interested in. It takes discovering a secret passageway containing the band performing to transform his life into color. When he steps back into the office after watching the band sing, everything becomes vivid and colorful, with the office transformed to a 1970s motif. In the end, it is shown that it was all just a daydream, with him still in the lift, staring at the woman he wants. The music video currently has 70.6 million views.[3]

Incidentally, the video features Three-time National YoYo Champion Alex Hattori.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[5]
  1. "Wherever I Go" – 2:49
  • Digital download — remix[6]
  1. "Wherever I Go" (Danny Dove club edit) – 4:57
  1. "Wherever I Go" – 2:49
  2. "Wherever I Go" (Instrumental) – 2:49

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from CD single liner notes.[8]

Recording

Personnel

  • Ryan Tedder – songwriter, producer
  • Brent Kutzle – songwriter, producer
  • Noel Zancanella – songwriter, producer
  • Rich Rich – engineer
  • Steve Wilmot – engineer
  • Matthew Tryba – assistant engineer
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixer
  • Matty Green – assistant engineer for mix
  • Geoff Swan – assistant engineer for mix
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[45] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[46] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[47] Gold 66,666*
Germany (BVMI)[48] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[49] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[50] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 13 May 2016 Digital download
27 May 2016 CD maxi single[52]

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