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April 18, 2015   ||Comments Off on MTV: Hayley Williams Drops All The Deets On Her New Beauty SeriesFiled Under: Articles, Beauty

If you’re looking for braid tutorials or smoky eye how-tos, you can stick to YouTube, dudes. Hayley Williams’ new beauty-meet-music video series with Popular TV is all about celebrating looks that make you stand out. Her super personal DIY tutorials (shot in her actual home) will recreate iconic musicians’ makeup from the past and present. Hayley was awesome enough to tell us a little bit more about “Kiss Off,” and why the beauty world needs to empower ladies for being exactly who they are, flaws and all.

MTV: So, we gotta know how the “Kiss Off” series came about. Was it your idea?

Hayley Williams: I’ve known Marvin [Jarrett, Editor in Chief of] for a while and had such a great experience working with him in the past. Last summer, I ran into him while grocery shopping in West Hollywood, and he told me he had this new project he wanted me to consider being a part of, and here we are!

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March 02, 2015   ||Comments Off on Rolling Stone: Hayley Williams Says Paramore Tour Will ‘Light a Fire Under Our Asses’Filed Under: Articles

When Paramore announced dates for their Writing the Future Tour in January, they made it clear this run of shows wasn’t just a tour, but “a celebration” of the success they found with their Grammy-winning self-titled album. But that doesn’t mean they’re slacking on the pre-show preparations.

“We’re driving to rehearsals right now in Jeremy [Davis’] Jeep!” frontwoman Hayley Williams says, laughing. “We’re a band that needs rehearsal, after all. We can’t just show up.”

Still, the sentiment behind the “Future” trek – which kicks off April 27th in Augusta, Georgia – is clear. This is both a thank you to the fans that stuck with Paramore through the dramatic departure of two founding members and a victory lap for everything that came after: a Number One debut for their 2013 self-titled album, two platinum-selling singles and the band’s first-ever Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song.

“Hell yeah, it does feel like [a victory lap],” says Williams. “We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way. So we’re thinking of each show as an event, as a way to celebrate our relationship with fans, to celebrate the album and to celebrate the past two years of this band.”

Hence the rehearsals. Williams also says these shows will focus as much on the past as the present, relying on older songs to close the book on Paramore’s most successful period.

“When we were making the album, we had that song ‘Future,’ the last track on the record – it brought in some of our earliest influences, made us feel like we were back in Jeremy’s living room,” she says. “It brought us full circle. Then fast-forward two years, and we did the Parahoy! cruise, and night number two was like the most intimate that a Paramore show has felt in years. The first night we purposely put a lot of singles in the set, and we wanted to second night to feel like we were weaving in and out of all the albums, playing songs that fans haven’t heard in a long time.

“So we always wanted to bring that vibe to a theater setting,” she continues. “No matter all the amazing things that happened with this album, we’re still a band; we still have the same influences and there’s still a feeling that we never want to go away. So it’s sort of our way of digging back into that, hoping that our fans new and old will want to go back with us.”

And while Paramore won’t be using the “Future” shows to test new material – “We haven’t even discussed covers yet,” Williams says. “I was just thinking this morning, ‘I wonder what we should do?'” – they are hoping the momentum will carry them into their next chapter: writing the follow-up to their self-titled album.

“We needed some time off after Monumentour, to process everything that we were able to do, but also a lot of amazing personal things happened as well,” Williams says. “Now we’re so ready to get on the road, to be with our fans. That’s going to light a fire under our asses to get into what we’re going to do next. I can just feel it. And that’s exciting.”

February 11, 2015   ||Comments Off on MTV: Paramore Won Their First Grammy Ever — And Made HistoryFiled Under: Articles

Paramore is here to remind you… that women rock the hardest. The band won Best Rock Song for their jam “Ain’t It Fun,” making Hayley Williams the first woman to score that honor since Alanis Morissette in 1999.

This is the band’s first Grammy, although they have been nominated several times in the past, as Williams pointed out in a tweet earlier this week. They beat out Beck for “Blue Moon,” the Black Keys for “Fever,” Ryan Adams for “Gimme Something Good,” and Jack White‘s “Lazaretto.”

“Ain’t It Fun” comes off of the act’s self-titled fourth studio record — the first since the departure of Josh and Zac Farro — an album that Williams and Co. said redefined Paramore as a band.

“The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends,” they wrote in a release. “It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people…. This album is us.”

Despite not making it to the actual awards show, rest assured that Paramore are celebrating the success of their reinvention full-force — at least according to Williams’ Twitter.

So, apparently, is eternal cheerleader Taylor Swift. History is being made tonight, guys, and the real show hasn’t even started yet. We’re guessing even more women will be kicking ass and taking names as the night wears on.


January 25, 2015   ||Comments Off on DigitalJournal: Paramore announces new ‘Paramore: Writing the Future’ tourFiled Under: Articles

The tour is expected to consist of an intimate night of music, hence they are playing in smaller venues than their usual arena shows.

Paramore will be making stops in the tri-state area in the East Coast. They will be playing at New York’s Beacon Theatre on May 6, followed by a show at The Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 8, and at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 9.

For their fans in the country music home state of Tennessee, they will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry House on May 17 in Nashville. The band will also be playing in multiple spring festivals such as Gulf Shores and Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival.

Paramore earned a 2015 Grammy nomination for their hit single “Ain’t It Fun,” which is vying for “Best Rock Song.” It reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, becoming the group’s first Top 10 hit and their highest-peaking song to date, and it has been certified platinum, for sales in excess of one million units. “Ain’t It Fun” garnered a rave review from Digital Journal.

This year, Paramore’s lead singer, Hayley Williams, was honored as the inaugural winner of Billboard’s “Trailblazer Award,” for being able to break barriers in the industry, as well as for paving the way for new artists. This impressive award was presented last month in New York during the Billboard Women In Music Awards.

January 02, 2015   ||Comments Off on Daily Mail: ‘Popped the question on Christmas Day!’ Paramore’s Hayley Williams and New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert announce engagementFiled Under: Articles

Paramore singer Hayley Williams received quite the Christmas Day gift when New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert popped the big question.  The 26-year-old and her longtime love of six years shared the news Wednesday of their holiday engagement with fans on social media.

The musicians used an photshopped image of their faces superimposed on a bride and groom’s body. ‘Hey guess what?’ Hayley captioned her Twitter engagement photo announcement—leaving fans to draw their own conclusions. Meanwhile her fiance Chad shared the same photo on Instagram, writing, ‘Popped the question on Christmas Day! #MicDrop.’ 

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pete Wentz and Zedd were among their fellow musicians who followed up with well-wishes after the announcement.

In an interview with Fuse in September about his band’s album Resurrection, the guitarist opened up about how his music helped him through relationship woes with the Ain’t It Fun hitmaker:

‘Hayley and I, we’d been dating for six years, and we hit a rough patch in our relationship, and it was great, being able to get that out in these songs. ‘It made things better for us, you know what I’m saying?’

The Still Into You songbird shared with Spin magazine last year that touring placed challenges on their romance, but it was something they understood as artists. ‘That’s our life. We always, always tour,’ she explained. ‘But honestly it’s great. We both love what we do and we both support each other and love that we’re doing the thing that we enjoy.’

December 06, 2014   ||Comments Off on Billboard: Women in Music Honoree Hayley Williams on Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and the Strong Female Artists Who Inspire HerFiled Under: Articles


The Billboard Women in Music 2014 Trailblazer honoree on fronting a rock band, how 2014 ranked and which female artists she learns from.

Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in 2005, the then-teenager was the only female performer. “It was very lonely,” Williams says over the phone from Nashville, where she’s visiting her grandparents. “But I don’t think I understood it would be nice — and also motivating — to see other girls out.”

Nearly a decade later, women dominate pop, but not rock. Yet Williams, who lives in Los Angeles, still matters — more than ever. She is a dye-punk heroine who can pass for an electro-house diva, as she did by lending her voice to Zedd‘s “Stay the Night,” which wrapped up 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in February. She also is a post-emo veteran who maintains her base with adventures like this past spring’s four-day Paramore fan-cruise to the Bahamas, Parahoy!, and this summer’s co-headlining tour with a reunited Fall Out Boy. And she’s an all-ages singer who can introduce Minecraft kids to guitar music, as Paramore did this year with “Ain’t It Fun,” its first Hot 100 top 10 hit. “If young kids listening to the radio hear guitars and decide to pick up one — in five or 10 years, they’re the ones changing the world.”

“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.”

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September 08, 2014   ||Comments Off on NME: Paramore at Leeds FestivalFiled Under: Articles
Paramore tonight (August 23) headlined Leeds Festival for the first time, with lead singer Hayley Williams bringing her younger sister on stage for the occasion.

The set began in triumphant fasion with yellow and blue streamers exploding from the stage during opener ‘Still Into You’. That was shortly followed by ‘That’s What You Get’ and ‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic.’

As an LED screen flashed the name ‘Paramore’ behind the band in bright white light, they put the emphasis on stagecraft – bassist Jeremy Davis jumped over guitarist Taylor York as they played ‘Pressure’.

Taking her first opportunity to speak to the huge audience watching on, frontwoman Hayley Williams – sporting blue hair and a black leather jacket – jokingly said, “You look warm,” before praising co-headliners Queens of the Stone Age. Williams said, “We’re honoured to play here at all, never mind so high up the bill” before shouting the band’s “We. Are. Paramore!” catchphrase.

Later on in the set, Williams addressed her band’s rise up the Leeds Festival bill over the course of their career, saying: “Was anyone here two years ago? And who has never seen us before? It’s nice to meet you, where have you been? You’ve only had ten years!”

Prior to playing ‘The Only Exception’, Williams also referenced the technical difficulties the band endured during their set at Reading Festival last night. “We tried to play this last night and it went horribly wrong. I don’t know if you heard, it was all over the internet. Well, we’re going to do it the proper way now.”

As has become tradition at Paramore gigs, one fan got on stage with the band as they played ‘Misery Business’. The girl, who was called Ellie, was invited onto the stage to sing the bridge of the song using a golden microphone and dance to the track as it came to a close. “Listen Ellie, they’re cheering for you” said Williams as she left the stage.

Another guest arrived on stage during set closer ‘Ain’t It Fun’, in the shape of Williams’ sister Erica. Speaking about her sister earlier in the set, Hayley said: “Today has been a great day. I got to meet an idol – Brody Dalle and watch Jimmy Eat World with my sister, who has come to England for the first time.”

Speaking to NME last week, Williams revealed that her sister has just finished high school and “loves music more than I do”.

Paramore played:

‘Still Into You’
‘That’s What You Get’
‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic’
‘The Only Exception’
‘Last Hope’
‘Brick By Boring Brick’
‘Misery Business’
‘Let The Flames Begin’
‘Part II’
‘Ain’t It Fun’

September 07, 2014   ||Comments Off on NME: Hayley Williams says Reading & Leeds Festivals give Paramore chance to ‘prove people wrong’Filed Under: Articles

Hayley Williams has said that co-headlining Reading & Leeds Festivals with Queens Of The Stone Age will give the band the opportunity to “prove people wrong.”

The two US bands will headline the festival this weekend, with Paramore topping the bill in Leeds and Queens Of The Stone Age closing the stage at Reading.

Speaking in the latest issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, Williams says she is excited to play in front of an audience who might not necessarily be fans of her band going into the performance.

“I think Queens Of The Stone Age are incredible and I’m really excited that our bands are very different,” she says. “I like that we’re both going to be bringing different people to the show. And so we’re both going to be playing to different crowds, but they’re all going to be in one big crowd, so it’s going to be nice.”

She continues: “One of my favourite things to do is to play a festival and prove people wrong and show them ‘Hey, no matter what you think, no matter if you’ve never seen our band before, no matter if you thought you didn’t like our music, you actually probably do. ‘Cos we can really play and we really put on a show and we make it our business to be a great live band’. I’m excited to win over some new fans and I’m excited to show it to the old fans.”

Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014, which take place between August 22-24. It will be both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore’s only UK festival appearances of the summer.

August 02, 2014   ||Comments Off on Rolling Stone: Paramore Reboot: ‘I absolutely feel vindicated’Filed Under: Articles

Four years ago, when Paramore lost founding members Zac and Josh Farro in a bitter public split, singer Hayley Williams was sure the band was over. “I thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s like the end of Stand by Me,'” says Williams, 25. “Not everything lasts forever. I’ll find something else that I’m good at.” Instead, the group went on to make last year’s Paramore as a trio – and scored one of this year’s biggest rock hits with the sharp, hooky single “Ain’t It Fun.” “I absolutely feel vindicated,” Williams says. “For all the people who believed in us, we’re saying, ‘You haven’t gotten tattoos of our lyrics for nothing. We’re going to keep going.'”

Your bassist, Jeremy Davis, recently gave himself a hernia on your summer tour with Fall Out Boy. Are you concerned that you might actually be rocking too hard?
I’m starting to accept that 25 is not 16. Seven or eight years ago, we would go to Taco Bell, grab a bean burrito and run onstage. Now, getting ready for a show takes two hours – Jeremy and Taylor [York, Paramore’s guitarist] have to wrap their ankles, and I have to do stretches so I don’t hurt my neck from headbanging. I’m loving it, but I definitely might collapse at one of these shows.
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July 15, 2014   ||Comments Off on Rolling Stone: Hayley on Puking Up ‘Ain’t It Fun’ and Paramore’s Next LPFiled Under: Articles

It’s been more than a year since Paramore released their self-titled fourth album, a long-playing, sonically ambitious effort that was as much a reboot (their first LP as a three-piece) as it was a risk: There weren’t many major-label rock bands releasing four-sided, 17-track, hour-plus records (complete with “interludes,” strings and choirs) in 2013.20140707-hayley-x600-1404768095
Yet, Paramore has become a slow-burning success, the band’s first album to produce two platinum-selling singles, “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun,” the latter of which has become a crossover smash, a staple on Billboard‘s Rock Songs chart, the Adult Top 40 and the all-encompassing Hot 100. Six months after it was released as a single, “Fun” is not only Paramore’s set-closing standard, it may very well be the song of the summer. And its success has reinvigorated a band that, less than four years ago, was on the brink of collapse.

In fact, a decade into their career, Paramore appear to be operating at both their commercial and critical peaks.In between dates on their co-headlining trek with Fall Out Boy (the apropriately named “Monumentour”) Hayley Williams spoke to Rolling Stone about defying the odds, barfing out the band’s biggest hit and why she hates questions about her hair.

Over the past decade, this band has experienced success, but nothing on par with what’s happened this year. Is this the best time to be in Paramore?
For sure. On every level. We keep learning what it means to be a band, both professionally and as friends in a band. It’s a constant learning process. We made a record that we were so proud of, and its success is so far beyond anything that we expected when we were writing it. So that’s incredibly satisfying, obviously, but on a personal level, I feel like our friendships are just constantly deepening, and becoming really important and vital.

“Ain’t It Fun” has become an anthem. When you first wrote it, did you have any idea it would become this massive?
We took so long making this album that we couldn’t help but be disconnected with what was going on with music at the time. It was about how we felt in the moment, what was inspiring us and what made us excited to be in a band again, and it’s so weird that those same songs are the ones that gave us the most success. Some of them are the poppiest things we’ve ever written…”Ain’t It Fun” was like word vomit; it just came out, and now everybody’s singing it, it’s on the radio, it’s really cool. 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.

So have you had a chance to actually enjoy any of this?
We all have. This year has been surprisingly calm, especially considering the song has been going wild. We did one tour at the beginning of the year, we did a cruise and now we’re on Monumentour. That’s kind of all we’ve done. We spent a lot of time at home, and it was really nice; real life is so different from the life you spend in a bus. Now I much prefer sitting on the back porch, being with family. I can tell, now more than ever, how much older I’ve gotten since we first started.

Paramore has never been bigger, yet, in a lot of ways, all of the success seems very organic. Has it been a struggle to do things on your terms?
We know when things don’t feel right. We’re all very close-knit on the road, and we are able to be honest with each other when something doesn’t feel true to the cause. Doing things like that fashion video that involved our crew guys, that keeps us enjoying every little moment, so it doesn’t become this big factory. That’s the stuff that’s important. Just like back in 2005, when we were writing back [to fans] on MySpace, if it feels real to us, then that’s how we gauge every step that we make.

Have you personally turned down offers that didn’t feel right?
In the beginning, I turned down tons of stuff; as soon as I turned 18, FHM magazine came to me. There’s been countless ridiculous things since then, and probably some cool opportunities that we just didn’t feel right about at the time. We sort of let ourselves bloom as people at the same time that we’ve let our band expand its territory. I think some of that has been in us, to know what feels right, a sense of what Paramore really is, but some of it, you grow into it. I’m not so sensitive about going out and doing certain things by myself these days, and the guys aren’t so sensitive about it either. And there’s something like the Teen Choice Awards, where we would have been like, “Oh, we don’t want to do a teen show” when we were actual teenagers and it probably would have made more sense. [Laughs]

In the past, you’ve been wary of being the focal point of the band. Is that still an issue?
You know, it depends. [Sometimes] we do TV spots, interviews, and we spend tons of time talking and you think that it feels very evenly spread out, you think that it feels deep and the questions are nice, and then it gets edited and then it’s just you, and it’s just asking about your hair. That’s the stuff that I get uncomfortable with.

There was a recent Nightline interview that certainly made mention of your hair…
Oh, well, that’s kind of what I’m referring to.

At the same time, you did “Stay the Night” with Zedd, and it went platinum. So what’s next, another Paramore album, or more solo stuff from you?
We want to make another record. Taylor’s writing all the time, and Jeremy writes quite a lot, too. I’m in that phase where I spend a lot of time journaling, and it’s usually a month or two of that before I start liking what I’m writing. It happens every album. So I think an album will happen as soon as we start writing things together that we’re like, “Yes, this feels awesome.” We’ve never finished a song we don’t like, so we have started songs, then been like, “You know what? Nah.” So we’re just waiting for that one to click, and then it will be really on. But the wheels are already turning.

As far as the little solo appearance things, I always judge based on how I feel about something in my gut. If a song like “Stay the Night” comes to me, it’s undeniable, but it has to feel right.

You’ve been fronting this band for a decade now. Has the job gotten easier or more difficult?
I’m still surprised when I feel uncomfortable with it after 10 years. It’s funny when I feel left out, or in the cold, and everyone’s focusing on me. Onstage, it’s so much about the music that I feel comfortable. But being the frontwoman is not an easy job, it’s something I’m really proud to be getting better at; performing really well, singing really well and speaking to the crowd – that’s the part I’m most nervous about, like “What do I say that makes me sound cool?” – but also trying to keep it the same way that it felt when we were in clubs. I want to connect, and so do Taylor and Jeremy. That’s our mission every night.