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."


Paramore Singer Hayley Williams to Be Honored at Billboard Women in Music Awards


Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams is getting feted. The flame-haired singer will be honored by Billboard for their ninth annual Billboard Women in Music Awards.

The event is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, December 12. It will be held in New York City and also honors Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel.

Williams is in good company!

What is Williams being recognized for? She will be given the Trailblazer Award. Of the honor, she said, "I can remember a time when I would've been made fun of for doing things differently. Now I'm getting an award for it? This is too much. I'm so excited! There are women in this industry who totally bulldozed walls down for the likes of me to come along and do what I believe in. I want to be that for even one girl in the future. I can't wait for the event next month and to high-five some of my sisters in music."

Source: Artist Direct

Paramore's Hayley Williams duets live with New Found Glory on 'My Friends Over You' (Watch Streaming)


Paramore singer Hayley Williams appeared live with pop-punk band New Found Glory at their gig in London over the weekend (November 28).

The show, which took place at the capital's Kentish Town Forum, marked the end of New Found Glory’s 'Pop Punk’s Not Dead' UK tour. Williams joined the band for a rendition of their 2002 single 'My Friends Over You'.

Williams duetted with singer Jordan Pundik on the track before jumping on the back of her boyfriend and the group's guitarist, Chad Gilbert. Watch fan-shot footage below.



In October, Hayley Williams accused One Direction of ripping off New Found Glory, commenting on the similarities between One Direction's recent single 'Steal My Girl' and New Found Glory's 2006 track 'It's Not Your Fault'.

Williams wrote on Twitter: "Beginning of that new 1D song couldn't sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory's "its not your fault" but I realize that I'm gonna get hate from a very large fanbase for that. But really, it has more to do w/ whoever pitched or cowrote the song."

Williams' band Paramore, meanwhile, released their latest self-titled album in 2013. It was their fourth studio effort.

Source: NME


Paramore - Tell Me It's Okay

[Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]

Maybe it's been years since I genuinely smiled
And maybe it's been years
since I wanted to be a part of anything

And lately I've been good
You know, I've actually been great
Man, I even laughed a little today

Oh, it's so strange
It's so strange

Tell me it's okay to be happy now
because I'm happy now
Tell me it's okay to be happy now
because I'm happy now

Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay

I thought it was my right
to be as sorry as I wanted to be
I wasted all my teenage years being a misery

But something had to give
I had to finally see the light
I think at 23 it's time to practice what I preach
At what I'm preachin'

Tell me it's okay to be happy now
because I'm happy now
Tell me it's okay to be happy now
because I'm happy now

Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay

All my wasted heart
I let go when I should've held tighter
And now when the sun is out
I let it burn
Not afraid to let it shine on me

Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay

Tell me it's okay to be happy now
because I'm happy now
Tell me it's okay to be happy now
My life is finally levelling out so

Tell me it's okay to be happy now
because I'm happy now
Tell me it's okay to be happy now
My life is finally levelling out

Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay
Tell me it's okay
Tell me it's okay-ay

Rabu, 22 Oktober 2014

Paramore singer accuses One Direction of plagiarism


Paramore's Hayley Williams says that One Direction "ripped off" part of their new single Steal My Girl from a New Found Glory song.

The singer is dating NFG guitarist Chad Gilbert and says the intro was taken from one of their tracks.

In a series of tweets, she claimed the 1D song "couldn't sound any more like" the beginning of It's Not Your Fault.

She stopped short of blaming the band, instead saying it was "more to do with whoever pitched or co-wrote the song".

Her comments come after Gilbert posted similar accusations earlier this week and faced a backlash from 1D fans.



He tweeted: "Props to the One Direction 'Steal My Girl' single for reworking the 'It's Not Your Fault' piano part into a Top 40 single. Let me get a cut."

Despite later dismissing his remarks as "a joke", some Directioners took offence and sent abusive tweets to Jones.

After calling them "nuts fans", he tweeted directly to One Direction asking them to speak to their fans about their abuse.

"Your fans spew the most racist/homophobic/sexist hate I have ever seen on the Internet... You have a platform to change that," he wrote.


Minutes after her initial tweet, Williams also said she expected to receive "hate" from 1D's "very large fanbase".

Julian Bunetta co-wrote Steal My Girl with John Ryan, Ed Drewett and Wayne Hector as well as Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne.

Other critics say the song sounds similar to Journey's Faithfully.

Speaking to MTV, Bunetta said he didn't have that track in his head when they wrote Steal My Girl.

"When we sat down and played the piano lick, nobody had any references in their head about what they wanted to write or anything and then I saw all the things about that [Journey song]," he said.

"At the end of the day, the lyric and the melody have nothing to do with any other song that I have ever heard.

"Sometimes there's only so many things you can do with a piano at that tempo.

"There is an age-old saying that great minds think alike so, naturally, sometimes people are going to write on the same inspirational wave lengths and come up with things that are similar and it wasn't anyone's intention to do that at all."

There's been no response from One Direction about either accusation as yet.

Source: BBC

Sabtu, 19 Juli 2014

Paramore Concert Interrupted By A Skunk

You never know what to expect when you go to a Paramore concert!

During the band's set at the Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati, OH, while they were playing "The Only Exception," vocalist Hayley Williams noticed some commotion happening in the crowd.

"Do you guys want me to stop? Let’s just pause. Is everybody OK down there? Good? Not good? We’ll just hold on until everything gets cool," said Hayley when noticing their was a problem, despite not knowing what was happening until a fan shouted at her that a skunk was in the crowd!



Once Hayley was aware of the situation, she addressed the crowd saying, “Apparently, it’s just a skunk that’s down down there, spraying all of you with its love and generosity!  That’s never happened before!”

Once the problem was resolved, the band resumed their set.

“This goes out to you guys. I think you smell beautiful, no matter how you smell! And that’s unconditional love right there!”