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OneRepublic perform at Apple event in surprise performance, but no surprise album

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In the hours before the Apple event on Wednesday, rumor spread that an artist would drop an anticipated album in conjunction with the tech company’s announcements of new iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. And in the final moments of the presentation, a musical guest did come out to perform, but no surprise albums were released. Instead OneRepublic, one of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s favorite bands, performed a few songs, including “Counting Stars” and “I Lived.”

According to frontman Ryan Tedder, the appearance wasn’t planned. “We didn’t even know we were playing until ten minutes ago,” he told the crowd, before launching into the third and final song, “Good Life.” He said, “I apologize for all the times you’ve been in Whole Foods and heard this song.”

Cook has been a longtime fan of the band and last year Bloomberg reported that he listened to “I Lived” on his iPhone to pump himself up before Apple’s special event.

Fans of Frank Ocean, One Direction, Eminem, and Pharrell will just have to keep waiting for those new releases.

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