Sabtu, 21 Maret 2015

Hayley Williams says she has 'no idea what is next for Paramore

Paramore singer Hayley Williams has cast doubt on the immediate future of the pop-punk band, stating that she has "no idea what is next" for the group.

Writing on Paramore's official website, Williams reflected on the two years that have passed since 2013's self-titled LP, as well as the decade that has followed since their debut 'All We Know Is Falling', which came out in 2005.

"At one point, I thought I could never do better than ['All We Know Is Falling']… and then the guys and I went on to write three other ones that made me more and more proud with each one," Williams wrote. "That’s the feeling that keeps me hopeful and inspired."

However, Williams also stated that the band's future isn't set in stone. She continued: "Even though it’s a little bit sad to have to leave some parts of your life behind you, it’s crucial. There’s more to do. You’re needed in the future, where a newer, stronger version of you is waiting. Ugh, I have no idea what is next for Paramore but I can’t wait to find out."

The singer went on to say that she'll instead shift her focus to non-musical projects, as she prepares to launch her own hair dye company and host an internet beauty show called 'Kiss-Off'.

Williams said of the show: "The show is NOT a show about “how to get pretty” or “this is how you should look!”. It’s really about encouraging people, especially young people, that perfection is not what makes beauty. Getting to know yourself through your inspirations, painting your personality across your face, and enjoying the process of self-expression… that’s what is beautiful."

Meanwhile, Williams concluded the blog post by suggesting that she's currently "wedding planning", alluding to her recent engagement to New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert. The pair announced that they had got engaged on Christmas Day 2014.

Messages of congratulations started flooding as soon as Williams and Gilbert had made the announcement, with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry among those sending their best wishes.

Paramore's fourth album 'Paramore' was released in April 2013.

Source: NME

Why Did Paramore’s Grammy Win Make Them A Little Sad?

Hint: It's not because it wasn't shiny enough.

Paramore won their very first Grammy the other week — Best Rock Song, for “Ain’t It Fun.” In the process, they also kind of make rock history, in that they became the first female-fronted band since 1999 to take home that trophy.

Appropriately enough, it was Paramore’s dedicated fan base that informed them of that fact on the big night.

“I didn’t know that until fans were tweeting ‘congratulations’ to us,” Hayley Williams told MTV News before their Hilton@PLAY gig in New York this week. “I was pretty much being updated by our fans all night.”

That isn’t to say that the band wasn’t aware that they won the shiny trophy — Williams celebrated via a few heartfelt tweets, while bassist Jeremy Davis hung out at Grammys parties and kept the joy inside, waiting to tell his co-partiers about his win until later in the night. Very chill, Jeremy. I feel like there’s some study that says that keeping good news inside is good for the complexion, but I could just be making that up.

As for the rather bittersweet news that the band made music history with their win — sweet because, well, they won, bitter because no woman has won in YEARS — Williams was kind of torn.

“You don’t even know really how to feel because it’s kind of sad on one hand, because I think there’s been so many incredible female songwriters that are in bands — that have written very meaningful songs or political statements, social statements and things that really matter — that haven’t been recognized in that way,” she said. “Ultimately, it just feels nice that I was able to write from my point of view about life and how I saw it and the things we were going through. To be a woman in a rock band feels awesome anyway. I feel very empowered by that alone.”

“I hope it’s not that long before another girl comes along and has something to say and that it gets recognized,” she added, echoing the sentiments etched into our very souls over here at MTV News.

Speaking of souls and etching, it’s primed to be a big next couple of years for Williams, who recently got engaged to Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, her boyfriend of six years. Seeing as how the two are in bands, we couldn’t help but ask what the playlist would include at the decidedly pop punk union of souls. All New Found Glory? All Paramore? All “Electric Slide” remixes? Check out Williams’ answer below: 

Source: MTV

Kamis, 29 Januari 2015

Taylor Swift slams hackers, thanks Paramore's Hayley Williams

Taylor Swift’s team quickly wiped away any trace that her social media accounts were hacked earlier today, but the singer couldn’t resist making fun of those who threatened to release nude photos of her.

As previously reported, two tweets appeared on Swift’s Twitter page this morning, urging her millions of fans to follow users named @veriuser and @lizzard. It turns out that the @lizzard handle is run by the Lizard Squad, the same group that hacked XBox Live and Playstation Network on Christmas Day.

The hackers threatened to release nude photos of Swift, which she said would be impossible. They would have to photoshop them “cause you got NOTHING,” she wrote.

Swift, who hadn’t tweeted herself since Saturday before today, also thanked Paramore singer Hayley Williams for letting her know about the hackers. The “Blank Space” singer called Williams the real “MVP of the day.”

“Here's to the proof that you can win an MVP award for just basically sitting on the Internet for too long,” Williams replied.

So it looks like Swift will have material for a new verse for “Shake It Off.” Williams will have to provide some backing vocals.

Source: TheCelebrityCafe.Com

Minggu, 25 Januari 2015

Paramore Announces Intimate U.S. Spring Tour

Paramore will hit the road this spring for a month of intimate theater shows, kicking off April 27 in Augusta, Ga.

The 17-date trek called "Paramore: Writing the Future" also includes a play at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. and will see the Tennessee trio hitting venues such as New York's Beacon Theatre, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak). See the full dates below.

"It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close," said singer Hayley Williams in a statement, referring to the band's eponymous 2013 LP. "We've had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one."

Williams clarified the band is not actually referring to this as a "tour." Rather, each night will be a "little event" -- a "celebration."

"What wouldn't feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band's career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way," she continued. "So we've decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters.... As we acknowledge the past few years (and more) of everything we've been through together, we're also looking forward together at all there is to come."

Joining Paramore on the non-festival dates will be Copeland, who Williams credited for helping the band greatly early on by bringing the new act on tour almost 10 years ago.

Tickets will go on sale for the tour Monday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. for the band's email subscribers, and then to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

"Paramore: Writing The Future" Tour Dates:

4.27 Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
4.28 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
5.03 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
5.05 Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre
5.06 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
5.08 Atlantic City, NJ @ The Borgata
5.09 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
5.11 Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Theatre
5.12 Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
5.14 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
5.15-5.16 Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
5.17 Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
5.19 Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
5.20 El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
5.22 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
5.23 Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
5.25 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Source: Billboard

Sabtu, 24 Januari 2015

Paramore Closing Out Epic Tour By Going Small — Are They Hitting Your City?

They're 'Writing The Future' by going back in time to intimate venues.

Paramore have been on the road for what seems like forever in support of their Grammy-nominated self-titled 2013 album. And what better way to close out their epic tour in than to go small?

The 2015 Hangout Festival performers will kick off the 17-show tour called “Paramore: Writing the Future” with an April 27 show in Augusta, Georgia. In small, intimate venues, they’ll be joined by Copeland, a group singer Hayley Williams said helped get Paramore started when they took them on the road a decade ago.

“It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close,” Williams said in a statement. This won’t be just another tour, though, as Hayley explained, promising that each show will be a “little event — a ‘celebration.’”

“We’ve had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one. What wouldn’t feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band’s career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way,” she said. “So we’ve decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters.”

Before they get started, Paramore will get a shot at Grammy gold on Feb. 8 when they are up for Best Rock Song for their hit “Ain’t It Fun.” The band recently released a deluxe version of the album, which features such previously unreleased songs tracks such as a new version of “Hate To See Your Heart Break” with former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams, bonus tracks “Escape Route” and “Native Tongue and eight live performances.

Check out the full list of Paramore “Writing The Future” tour dates below:

4/27 – Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
4/28 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/3 – Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
5/5 – Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre
5/6 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
5/8 – Atlantic City, NJ @ The Borgata
5/9 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
5/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Theatre
5/12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
5/14 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
5/15-5/16 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
5/17 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
5/19 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
5/20 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
5/22 – San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
5/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
5/25 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall       

Source: MTV

Kamis, 22 Januari 2015

Paramore: 5 Things You Didn't Know About The 'Ain't It Fun' Band

Paramore is the Grammy Award-nominated group that is currently made up of Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York.

With hits like "Ain't It Fun" and "Still Into You," there are still some things you may not know about the Tennessee trio.

Check out 5 facts about Paramore below.

1. After the Farro brothers left the band, frontwoman Williams worried about the future of Paramore. 

When Josh and Zac Farro left Paramore in 2010, it wasn't on the best terms. Josh had some harsh words for the ensemble. On his blog, he claimed that the band was a "manufactured product of a major label."

"There were days I'd wake up and think, 'This is pointless,'" Williams told Metro about the aftermath of their departure. "There were times I thought I'd have to get another job. I'd written all the songs with Josh, I'd hardly written with anyone else, it was definitely scary."

Since the Farros left, Paramore has achieved even bigger success with "Ain't It Fun," their highest charting song ever.

2. The label wanted to make Williams a pop princess at first.

Williams was signed to Atlantic Records in 2003 as a solo artist, but they wanted to go in a pop direction. She refused and insisted on an alternative feel. That's when the band formed.

3. Williams and Josh once dated.

In his infamous post-band-breakup blog post, Farro confirmed that there was once a relationship between himself and the lead vocalist. Could some of that hostility coming from Josh have been partly due to them being ex-lovers as well as ex-band mates?

4. The band's name was inspired by a friend's mom's maiden name.

"We really liked the way it sounded," Williams told EuroPunk. "We looked it up about a year later and found out that it means "secret lover" and "for love" which we thought was really cool and represented us well."

5. Williams wrote the lyrics to "Fences" on an SAT test paper.

Some band members were rather young when the band started (Williams was only 15 when the band rose to prominence), and they spent time studying and doing schoolwork while on tour. She and Josh received their high school diplomas online while on the road with the band.

GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Paramore – ‘Ain’t It Fun’

Hayley Williams wrote Paramore‘s “Ain’t It Fun” as a tongue in cheek way of telling herself to grow up already. It ended up being a symbol of not only Williams’ own maturity but also her band’s, earning them their fourth GRAMMY nomination.

It’s a big accomplishment for Williams and her two bandmates—bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York—who only a few years ago were contemplating whether they would ever record again.

In 2010, original members, Zac and Josh Farro, left the band, with Josh claiming that they were forced out because Paramore was “a manufactured product of a major-label.” He accused Williams of being manipulated by her management and claimed she was treating them as if they were her back-up band, saying he and the rest of the band were simply “riding on the coattails of her dream.”

This war of words soon became the band’s narrative, and left Williams, Davis and York wondering how they move on. Some of the moving on they did was emotional. Some of it was more literal—Williams and her bandmates moved from their homebase of Tennessee to L.A. to work on the follow-up to their 2009 album, Brand New Eyes.

“The whole idea behind our new album was that we’re getting a second chance to start over,” she told in 2013, “to really rediscover what we want to be and what we already are. The real message was, ‘You don’t have to give up, just because the odds are against you.'”

The band’s 2013 self-titled album sounds like a musical rebirth. Williams sings about growing up, falling in love and no longer being a crazy girl, all while expanding Paramore’s pop punk sound to include a little soul, blues-driven rock and a lot of ukulele.

But moving out of her comfort zone wasn’t easy.

“It was my first time spending a lot of time away from home, away from family and my close friends,” Williams explained. “When you get outside your bubble, you realize just how big the world is and that you kind of have to fend for yourself.”

It was this realization that helped Williams write “Ain’t It Fun,” the fourth single off the band’s fourth album, which earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Song.

Williams says it was Davis who initially started working on the song, which was inspired by the British pop band Dutch Uncles, who later remixed the track. Davis began working on the song in an L.A. hotel, setting up his own makeshift studio using Fiji water bottles for speakers.

“It was the most ghetto rig,” Williams said laughing, explaining that she was coming by to meet him for dinner, but ended up skipping the meal to finish the song instead.

On it Williams sings about the transition from childhood to adulthood, “Don’t go crying to your mama/ Now you’re on you’re own.” Even taunting herself a bit with the snarky chorus: “Ain’t it fun?/ Living in the real world.”

“The lyrics were my sarcastic way of realizing you can’t be the king of the hill all the time,” she says. “It was a really good exercise for me as a human being—as a 23-year-old person at the time—understanding that life is so much bigger than your own perspective.

“It’s a really fun song to record,” she added, “but it was sort of me telling myself off.”

In hindsight, Williams says the song was just what she needed to get out of her funk. “I felt like I was going kicking and screaming on my own. But it’s funny, because I needed that,” she said. “I needed a change of perspective to know I could do a lot of things on my own.”

The song, which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, also had Williams revisiting her gospel roots. Williams and Davis actually first played together in a late ’70s R&B cover band where they tackled songs by Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder.

“I grew up on gospel, I love gospel and I think I never thought it would mesh at all with what Paramore would ever do,” she said. “But luckily on this album, we were a lot more openminded.”

Three months after recording the original version of “Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore headed back into the studio with a six-person gospel choir in tow.

“They put so much soul and so much feeling into their sound that makes it real and raw,” Williams said. “I actually cried like three times just hearing these people sing our sing. It was so cool.”

Paramore will go up against Jack White, The Black Keys, Beck and Ryan Adams for Best Rock Song at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 pm EST on CBS.

Source: Radio.Com
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