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As for Tedder’s independent production, he’s excited about upcoming work for English songstress Birdy and Denver-based indie folkers Churchill. And concerning Adele’s follow-up to her monumental, multi-platinum "21" (which featured Tedder co-writes "Rumour Has It" and "Turning Tables"), he said mum’s the current word.

"The only Adele thing I’ve heard is ... nothing, actually," Tedder said. "From the label, they said, ‘Yeah, we’re not really talking about it right now.’ But when it happens, I can only presume they’ll rally the troops."

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Until then, it looks as if Tedder will be plenty busy with OneRepublic tours. And with all those No. 1s and Top 5s heralding the debut of "Native," there are plenty of places to still visit — and inspiration to be gained from such travels. Tedder remembers the day "If I Lose Myself" was born. It was 2010 and he (and his fear of flying) was en route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg on a OneRepublic tour. He fell asleep mid-flight but was awoken when the plane malfunctioned and turned into a violent dive.

"It was way more serious than turbulence, and it was right after the Polish prime minister died at same airport," Tedder said. "We came in at a 70-degree angle. We would have clipped end over end, but at the last minute, the pilot straightened it out. People were screaming in the plane. We slammed on the tarmac, bounced, slammed again, bounced again, and then we took off again before he came around for another landing.

"People were throwing up and getting sick everywhere. I was praying, saying, ‘Please take care of my family, take care of my wife, forgive me for all my sins.’ It was terrifying. I thought those prayers might be the last things I said."

After that incident, OneRepublic’s Russian tours have been via the Trans-Siberian Railway. And oddly Tedder’s fear of flying has nearly disappeared since writing and releasing "If I Lose Myself."

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