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 Radio.com 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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Jumat, 12 Desember 2014

Paramore Feat. Joy Williams, 'Hate To See Your Heart Break' (Watch Streaming)

Singing with a friend is a uniquely compelling experience. It's like speaking in a language that's both simplified and enhanced, making deeper communication instantly possible. Hayley Williams and Joy Williams, not related though they share a last name, have been friends for more than a dozen years, since Joy was a young star on the contemporary Christian music scene and Hayley was a promising tween songwriter. Since then, Hayley's found fame leading Paramore and Joy has followed up her CCM work with success in The Civil Wars, and now, a solo career. But they'd never collaborated on a recording before this duet on "Hate to See Your Heartbreak," included on the new deluxe version of Paramore's self-titled 2013 album, out tonight.

The friendship is why their collaboration sounds so natural and mutually sympathetic. "When we met, I was 12 and Joy was like 18 or 19, I think," Hayley said in a recent email. "I was already a fan of hers. It was fate that we became friends. She was always giving great advice and listening to songs I'd written or big plans I had about becoming a real artist." Though the two women spent years on slightly diverging paths, they've always looked to each other for inspiration. "Our friendship has grown deeper as we've grown up, and I think we've gotten even closer in the last year," Joy added, also in an email. "I've always loved how we've been able to pick up where we left off, no matter how long it's been."

"Hate To See Your Heart Break" has the beautiful melody line of a classic harmonizing tune, reminiscent of The Everly Brothers. Hayley composed it with her Paramore bandmate Taylor York during a dry patch in the Paramore writing sessions. "We were both feeling a little melancholy," she recalled. "We just sort of meshed each of our individual ideas and they fit together perfectly. As far as the old school vibe of it, I think down deep I had been dying to write a song like this for a long time. What I love about 'Heartbreak' in particular is that both vocal melodies are strong enough to be leads but they sort of act as harmonies to each other."

Joy, who'd intertwined her voice so beautifully with John Paul White's in the now-defunct Civil Wars, welcomed the chance to harmonize the way she'd learned as a child, when she'd sung with her mother and older sister. "Since I grew up harmonizing with women, it felt really natural singing with Hayley," she said. "I remember she and I talked that day in studio, about how we have some similar traits in our voices. All we had to do was give into that for our harmonies to really come together. The blend felt natural, very much like family. I think women have a mysterious way of tapping into each other if they know each other well, and I felt that."

The pair's camaraderie lends warmth to both the performance and the video, made during the pair's session at the Village Recorder in Santa Monica. They were, Joy noted, "in the room that Stevie Nicks personally decorated for Fleetwood Mac's recording of their double album Tusk. I felt like some of the mystic spirit of Stevie is still in the walls there. That's a good energy to have in a room, especially with two women recording like we were. It felt like the perfect place to let down, light candles, take off our shoes and just be. We'd take breaks, make hot tea in the studio kitchen, and get lost in conversation before we realized we should probably get back to work." The vibe was so cozy that Joy gave Hayley her Steve Madden shoes to wear, so the younger artist would match her pal's height for the cameras. "I actually felt tall that day, and that never happens!" the diminutive singer added.

Hayley feels that the song has found its hidden dimension in this version. "I love that I got to sing this with someone who I have shared my pains and my stories with for quite some time," she explained. "Someone whom I know well and who I've sat and listened to as they share their own pains. It was never meant as romantic song between lovers but always a song to a friend. Now it's even more special. I think of it as an ode to sisterhood. Close friendship between women who share their stories with each other and who lift each other up and understand one another."

Joy's fans will be happy to see her vocalizing again, since she's only released a couple of collaborations since The Civil Wars split. She has a solo album coming soon. "We are mixing right now," she reported. "It's raw, it's real, and it's a sonic progression for me. An unflinching look into my journey in the last two years, and into who I'm becoming now."

Hayley, who's become a bona fide pop star in recent years while remaining one of rock's leading female performers, is proud of the expanded palette songs like "Heart Break" represent. "I am so proud of every song [on Paramore]," she said. "There are nods to our roots as a band, there are nods to genres we each love as individuals, and the whole album really sums us up. It is the perfect self-titled album for Paramore. Now, I have no idea where we will go because I know better than to think there are limitations." One thing is sure, as this duet proves: going down new roads, it's crucial to have friends who can follow your voice and lead you with theirs.

Source: NPR

Paramore's Hayley Williams Names Beyonce And Gwen Stefani As Big Influences In New Interview

In a new interview, Hayley Williams, lead vocalist for rock band Paramore, revealed that she's come to accept that some people may label her band for having a female lead singer.

"I've always been like, 'I don't want you to call Paramore a female-fronted band. I just want to be a band.' But I make the distinction now because I grew up not really placing much value on the strong women I was listening to."

Of these strong women, Williams gave Billboard magazine the names of her biggest influences.

"I love Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux. I grew up listening to The Distillers, so Brody Dalle was a hero. Girl groups are really important to me, but the Shangri-Las especially. As far as more current acts: Joy Williams, Gwen (Stefani) and Beyoncé. I am always watching and trying to learn from them — they're smart and calculated, but still free."

Paramore recently received a "Best Rock Song" Grammy nod for their single "Ain't It Fun." Other nominees in the category include The Black Keys for "Fever," Jack White for "Lazaretto," Beck for "Blue Moon" and Ryan Adams for "Gimme Something Good."

Here was Williams' reaction on Twitter after learning the news:

Williams talked to Rolling Stone about the success of "Ain't It Fun" earlier this year.

"It just came out, and now everybody's singing it, it's on the radio, it's really cool," she said. "I don't know if you get that twice in your career. This is the first time we've experienced it, and I'm just really thankful."