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Paramore releases 'Monster' for 'Transformers' movie: Is the now-trio dissing their departed bandmates?

Although “Monster” is the first official single from Paramore following the acrimonious departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro, you wouldn’t be able to tell the band is two members short just from listening.

The remaining trio stays the marketably melancholy course on this song for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.

“Monster” is exactly the kind of dark, tightly-constructed emo you would expect from Paramore. Sure, it’s a tad sludgier than their usual fare, but the crisp, angular guitar work keeps the track from sounding too close to ’90s alt-rock.

The most interesting thing about this single, however, are the lyrics: My (conspiracy) theory is this song is about airing rock stars’ dirty laundry, and not Robots in Disguise. Listen to it here: READ FULL STORY

Paramore responds to departing band member's exit statement: 'Yeah, it hurts'

Hayley-WilliamsImage Credit: Michael Buckner/WireImage.comIn music, there are quiet, no-fault divorces, and then there are splits like Paramore’s: the unpretty kind. After remaining members Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York announced the departure of brothers Josh and Zac Farro (the group’s guitarist and drummer, respectively) on Dec. 18 in a blog post littered with upbeat phrases like “We look forward to our best times, and we hope you will go there with us,” things quickly devolved.

In a lengthy screed posted to his own personal blog, Josh Farro painted a far less harmonious picture of the split, one instigated by Atlantic Records, Williams’ family, and her management controlling and misusing the band’s other members for her singular benefit. READ FULL STORY

Josh Farro on Paramore departure: 'We've always been treated as less important than Hayley.'

ParamoreImage Credit: RD/Kirkland/Retna LtdSeems being part of Paramore was “Misery Business” for recently departed band members Josh and Zac Farro. A few days after Paramore confirmed that their guitarist and drummer had quit the band via its official site, Josh took to his blog to share why the two members had decided that they belonged to Paramore no more. And they seemed to have settled on a scapegoat: Frontwoman Hayley Williams.

The long post, which chronicles how Williams’ manager and family have controlled the band since its formation, claims Paramore’s band members were always forced to play second banana to the singer. “Her dad would constantly threaten to ‘pull the plug’ on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band,” Farro writes. “We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley … We toured for two-and-a-half years building our fan base, pretending to be a band that started naturally. In reality, what started as natural somehow morphed into a manufactured product of a major label, riding on the coattails of ‘Hayley’s dream.'”

Farro also shared grievances regarding the band’s songwriting process: READ FULL STORY

Paramore confirms departure of guitarist, drummer

paramoreImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comThe Paramore family has just gotten smaller. In a blog post dated Dec. 18 on their official site, the Brand New Eyes band announced that guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro will be leaving the group. “A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know that they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday,” the post reads. “None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore. We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn’t here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere.”

Never fear, Paramore fans: The remaining members — including frontwoman Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York — continue to be tight-knit, and have no intentions of breaking up anytime soon. “We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind,” the post reads. “We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together.”

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‘Glee’ covers Britney Spears and Paramore: Hear it now!

'Glee' covers Britney Spears and Paramore: Hear it now!

The much-ballyhooed Britney Spears episode of Glee airs next week and we’ve got our first tease of the music we’ll be hearing. So what Spears classics will the New Directions folks be tackling? From the leaked montage, it appears the lucky songs are “Toxic,” “…Baby One More Time,” “Stronger,” “I’m a Slave 4 U,” and “Me Against the Music.”

Plus, the episode features the Paramore tune, “The Only Exception.” Glee star Lea Michele has actually had her eye on covering Paramore for a while now. Says Michele, “I’ve wanted to do Paramore since the beginning. The song that I’m doing  is actually my ringtone.” Hear a snippet of each below, including Michele’s cover of her ringtone…

What do you think of these Glee covers, Music Mix-ers? Are they doing Britney and Paramore justice?

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Inside the VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

Taylor-Swift-VMAsImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe crowd settling into the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday evening knew that anything could happen over the next two hours — primarily because anything did happen at the last MTV Video Music Awards. (Lil Mama, you are not forgotten.) I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in that auditorium wondering whether we were about to see any more jaw-dropping surprises when the lights went down at 6 P.M. West Coast time. But did we? Read on. READ FULL STORY

B.o.B and Hayley Williams mope together in 'Airplanes' video

bob-hayley-williams“Airplanes,” B.o.B’s collaboration with Paramore’s Hayley Williams, is only two spots below Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” on the charts, but the pop hits’ new music videos could hardly be more different.

If the “California Gurls” clip is a kid-in-a-candy-shop fantasia, “Airplanes” is a moment of gloomy reflection. B.o.B and Williams never appear on screen together. She’s sitting somberly with her legs drawn in while he paces a dreary warehouse where his lyrics are projected on the walls. Then she’s singing from a pile of old photos come to life; a bit later he’s standing in the spotlight, performing for a crowd that exists only in his memory. “I could really use a wish right now,” they both repeat.

The “Airplanes” video isn’t streaming free online, sadly, but it is available for purchase through iTunes. Have you seen it? Was it worth your $1.99? Sound off in the comments.

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Paramore's Hayley Williams covers Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'

Lady Gaga covers: Everyone’s doing them! Including Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams, 21, who shot a piano-based take on “Bad Romance” and posted the clip via Twitter yesterday. Not bad at all.

“Playing ‘Bad Romance’ on the piano and pretending to be @LadyGaga,” Williams tweeted before liberating the video. “Why haven’t I ever done this before? Most fun I’ve had in ever.” And, later: “feel a bit crazy posting this… but you asked for it! my apologies to miss gaga. love, your friend, lady haha.”

Watch Hayley’s (er, Lady Haha’s) “Bad Romance” after the jump and see what you think.


Paramore's 'Brick By Boring Brick' video: Watch it here!

Paramore premiered their video for “Brick By Boring Brick” today, featuring shades of creepery that run the full childhood-nightmare gauntlet. But despite nods to Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Labyrinth, and this one bad dream I keep having where the whole world is more or less on fire, this thing is definitely not for kids. Also, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what any of it means: Hayley Williams, all dolled up and looking adorable, is singing angstily while a man digs a grave and leaves fall from empty skies; meanwhile, a little girl who looks like the lost Fanning sister explores a magical castle full of butterflies and mushrooms and men of dubious intent. When the castle’s magic turns dark and evil (as castle magic so often does), the little girl runs back across the field towards Hayley — and falls smack into the open grave. At which point it somehow gets even creepier. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say I doubt Hayley was much of a babysitter.

What do you think, Mixers? I’d psychoanalyze everything here, but I don’t get paid enough.

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Barbra Streisand tops the albums chart in a busy week; Paramore bests Mariah Carey

Barbra Streisand fans are certainly a devoted bunch. Today they’ve put Babs atop the Billboard 200 with a healthy 180,000 copies sold of her jazz standards album Love Is the Answer, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating a host of new releases by buzzier artists. By way of comparison, that’s equivalent to every one of the die-hard fans who attended Barbra’s recent gig at NYC’s Village Vanguard club going out and buying 1,800 copies of her new record. Not bad at all.

This week’s list of distinguished also-rans begins with Paramore, whose pop-punk star will no doubt continue to rise now that they’ve taken No. 2 on the chart by selling 175,000 copies of their acclaimed brand new eyes. At No. 3, it’s Mariah Carey, with 168,000 copies sold of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. That result might be the most noteworthy thing on this chart, actually — 168K is a nice number, to be sure, but I wonder how Mariah must feel about coming in third place to Paramore and Barbra.


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