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Paramore's Hayley Williams on tour workouts, her new hair color, and the joys of not wearing latex

It’s a pretty great time to be in Paramore; their current single “Ain’t It Fun” represents their most successful hit yet, and they’re currently on the road with Fall Out Boy, co-headlining a summer run called the Monumentour. Singer Hayley Williams checked in recently to discuss her Warped Tour history, the value of kickboxing shorts, and the madness of playing Good Morning America.

Entertainment Weekly: You’re a few dates into the Monumentour. What do you know about the guys in Fall Out Boy that you didn’t know two weeks ago?
Hayley Williams: All those guys work out every day and we’re just getting in our dressing room eating chips. I told Patrick [Stump], “Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, “If I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t be able to move onstage. It’s so crucial.” I was like, “OK cool, maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.”

We’re all just so getting into tour mode that we really haven’t had a lot of time to hang out yet. We really have to find an off day to get a tour-wide dinner, with the bands and crews and everybody. Those guys are rad. It’s already so cool being on the same tour and sharing a bill and sharing a massive crowd of people who love both of our bands. It’s about time this tour happened. READ FULL STORY

Paramore's Hayley Williams on touring, Zedd, and fighting

Paramore have hit a lot of milestones this year: They released their first album as a trio, scored their first entry into the radio top 10 with the single “Still Into You,” and are about to embark on their biggest arena tour yet—including their first headlining spot at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The trek kicks off tomorrow night in Seattle (complete dates are here), but before she packed for the road, singer Hayley Williams took some time out to talk about the new run, the damage done during the “Still Into You” video, and how she ended up on Zedd’s “Stay the Night.”

Entertainment Weekly: You’ve been at this a while, but these are some of the biggest rooms you’ve ever played coming up on this tour. Do you still get nervous?
Hayley Williams: I still get nervous. I get nervous before every show, even if it’s small. I just want everything to be perfect. We’re sort of perfectionists until we get out there, and then once we get out there, anything goes. I have really big butterflies — I’m kind of freaking out about all these rooms. I’m really excited and, like, throwing up in my mouth about Madison Square Garden.

So what sort of show are you putting on in Madison Square Garden?
Have you ever seen that war scene in Metallica’s show? We’re not doing that. [Laughs] We have never actually done a big production. We generally tend to show up on stage with our gear and a backdrop and some pretty lights. So we put a lot more thought into this show. The set list is longer; we’re playing almost two hours every night. I feel so old—I cannot believe we’re playing two hours a night! But when we’re playing it goes by so fast for me. READ FULL STORY

Zedd, Hayley Williams drop dramatically choreographed 'Stay the Night' video: Watch it here

The new clip from Zedd and Hayley Williams has everything: choreographed lovers, moody piano-playing, and plenty of Beats.

That’s right, capital ‘B’ — the “Stay the Night” video is littered with Beats Pills product placements, a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But it’s also got your favorite Russian-German DJ (coming off his recent smash single “Clarity”) and Paramore frontlady, together at last.

Check them out in the video below:


Paramore unseats Justin Timberlake to top albums chart, Brad Paisley trails at No. 2


Maybe Hayley Williams will save rock and roll before Pete Wentz has a chance to.

Nielsen SoundScan reports that Paramore’s self-titled fourth album has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 in its debut week, selling 106,000 copies — more than enough to overtake Justin Timberlake’s reign. This marks the pop-punk band’s first No. 1 album; their last record, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, topped out at No. 2, with 175,000.

Not far behind the Tennessee trio is Brad Paisley (who, coincidentally, lives in Paramore’s hometown of Franklin). The country singer’s Wheelhouse placed at No. 2, with a 100,000 first-week performance. This is the fourth time a Paisley album has opened at second place, which, according to Billboard, means he now shares with Sheryl Crow the dubious honor of having the most No. 2 albums without a No. 1. Looks like LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” cameo just wasn’t enough to give Wheelhouse that extra boost. READ FULL STORY

Paramore's Hayley Williams on new album, moving to Los Angeles, and Blondie

In December 2010, Paramore members Josh and Zac Farro abruptly left the group, leaving a lot of questions hanging in the air. Would they continue on? Would charismatic singer Hayley Williams embark on a solo career? Would the band’s sound change completely?

Today, those questions are finally answered. The just-released Paramore, the band’s fourth album, pushes the now-trio’s vision forward. Though the band—Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and bassist Jeremy Davis—hasn’t entirely left its snotty pop-punk roots behind, they’ve fully embraced elements of New Wave, garage rock, and bubbly electro-pop.

The key to Paramore‘s coherence is Williams, whose voice has picked up more colors and whose lyrics are at their most direct and expansive on the new album. EW caught up with Williams via phone a few weeks back, where she talked about her bouts of writers’ block, the weirdness involved in choosing a producer, and the importance of the Warped Tour. And be sure to check out their just-released video for “Still Into You” at the bottom.

Entertainment Weekly: What was the first song that came together for Paramore?
Hayley Williams: “Proof” was the first song that we came up with. It was one of the first sets of lyrics I came up with, and I had this melody idea for it and I took it to Taylor, and like the next day we had the song. So that one came really easily, but then we had two and a half months of the worst writers’ block you could possibly imagine. That’s when we wrote the interludes. We needed something to laugh about and soften the blow that we couldn’t write any songs that we loved. And it was weird, because as soon as those interludes were done, the songs started happening. We realized we don’t need to take ourselves so seriously.

What was driving that writers’ block? What were you thinking while in the midst of it?
I was in this crazy depression about it. READ FULL STORY

Paramore release new single 'Now': Hear it here


What does Paramore look and sound like in 2013? “Now” we have an answer.

Following the defection of the Farro brothers in December 2010, many wondered what the band would sound like without two of the components who made songs like “Decode” and “Misery Business” into huge hits.

Last year’s “Singles Club” releases (“Renegade,” “Hello Cold World,” and “In the Mourning”) suggested little, but the band’s just-released new single “Now” certainly suggests what the future might hold for the band.

“Now” thumps and grooves like the Paramore of old, but the intro tosses in some noisy grinding that makes it sound like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and there’s some keyboard tossed in there for some neo new-wave fun.

The hook isn’t quite there on early listenings, but it’s good to hear singer Hayley Williams wrapping her expressive pipes around another stout survivor’s anthem.

Check it out below:


Singles Swap: EW's picks for new music you'll love

Welcome to the second online edition of Singles Swap (see the first one here), which until recently has only appeared in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly.

Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love.

Jessie J ft. B.O.B.: “Price Tag”
It’s not about the money, money, money, says this sunny (sunny, sunny) pop manifesto. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift teams with Hayley Williams in Nashville for 'That's What You Get': Watch it here!

One of the highlights of Taylor Swift’s massive Speak Now tour is the portion of the show that finds her covering songs by artists who hail from whatever city she happens to be playing in that night.

When she made her way to Newark, New Jersey, she whipped out Bon Jovi, while Detroit was treated to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” And who could forget the massive singalong to Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” in Toronto?

On Friday night, Swift played Nashville, the town she currently calls home and the origin point for most of the country world. Would she choose a country classic to cover, or would she go meta and cover one of her own songs?

Ultimately, she called on Paramore singer and fro-yo pal Hayley Williams, who joined Swift on stage for a run through Paramore’s “That’s What You Get.” This news positively delighted everybody in the crowd, as Williams got a massive crowd pop when she was announced.

Were they excited to see her team up with her famous friend, or were they just really into her crazy bedazzled fanny pack? Decide for yourself by watching the video after the jump. (It’s a little shaky, but it settles down eventually, and the sound is good.) READ FULL STORY

Paramore debuts new song 'Renegade' at New York City concert: Watch it here

What does teen spirit smell like? Well, it has many scents—some pleasant, others not so much.

On a rainy Wednesday night in New York City, scores of damp youngsters piled into Terminal 5 to see punk group Paramore as they celebrated the 15th anniversary of their record label Fueled By Ramen.

In a black sleeveless shirt and pants patching her blazing red hair, lead singer Hayley Williams so sweetly raged the night away. Songs like “That’s What You Get,” “Ignorance,” and an encore of “Misery Business“– where Williams brought up a dirty-blond Pennsylvanian fan to scream the “Oh, it was never my intention to brag” hook– drove the crowd wild.

Mix loud live Paramore tunes with adolescent energy and you get an odor that smells something like a herd of steamy, wet German shepherd puppies.

One cut that particularly made them bark and their shaggy heads bop was a new song they performed. Williams cautiously introduced it.

“This next song, we have never, ever, ever played before. And sometimes this happens and it goes wrong,” she began after changing into a leopard tank top. “I just need you guys to have fun anyways. We’ll be putting this song online for you guys to have as soon as we can, as soon as possible. We’re working on it. It’s called ‘Renegade.’”

Watch them perform it after the jump:


Paramore get a little crazy for 'Monster' video: Watch it here

If you’re one of the many thousands who paid an exorbitant amount of money to watch Shia LaBoeuf stare at digital robots for nearly three hours in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, then you’ve probably heard Paramore’s “Monster” played over the credits (that’s provided that your sensory apparatus wasn’t completely fried and your organ systems weren’t going into shutdown).

It’s a pretty swell tune, though it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Optimus Prime’s giant Chicago-killing sword or that silly space bridge that Leonard Nimoy wants to build. (If you don’t understand any of that, it means you haven’t seen Dark of the Moon and remain tethered to this realm of reality.)

Now the band—currently a three-piece following the departure of brothers Josh and Zac Farro—have pulled back the curtain on their own cinematic accompaniment for “Monster” in the form of a good old-fashioned music video.

It features an abandoned hospital, some cool effects, and Hayley Williams’ extra-electric hair, and it’s yours for the viewing here: READ FULL STORY

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