Paramore Feels ‘Unified’ Going Into Grammys

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The remaining members of Paramore are hoping to close out what has been a rather miserable, and very public break-up of their band, as two of their members left late last year. What would be the perfect thing to stop out the negativity? Well a Grammy award of course.

They are nominated for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for the hit “The Only Exception.”

Lead singer Hayley Williams said the rest of the Tennessee-based band is staying positive. “Losing members is not a fun thing to go through, but I think that now we really feel unified,” she told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “We feel strong, and we’re going to be stoked to represent Nashville and represent our band and our fans at the Grammys.”

Billboard reports that “the split was less than amicable. The band’s official statement said that brothers Josh and Zac Farro had been planning to leave for a couple months and had seemed unhappy with the band for the past year. But ultimately, it wished them well and expressed hope that they would find happiness elsewhere. The brothers responded to the statement with a scathing blog post, largely blaming Williams for dividing the band.

Despite the downsizing, Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York have big plans for the band’s future. They’re touring South America starting Feb. 16. in Brazil. “We’ve only been one other time, but it was crazy,” said Davis. “The venues are growing, and it’s pretty exciting.” After that, they have cleared their schedules and will concentrating on making new music.”

How do y’all feel about Paramore after the departure of the Farro brothers? Do you think Paramore will win the Grammy?

Hear New Music First – HP

2011 People’s Choice Awards

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Queen Latifah hosted the 2011 People’s Choice Awards live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles last night. She started the show with a performance of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” The audience of celebs even got in on the fun as they waved their hands back and forth to the hip hop tune.

Big winners of the night included Taylor Swift, who won Favorite Country Star. She looked awestruck, her usual face when she wins an award, as Elton John presented her with the trophy.

Selena Gomez and The Scene, who was just in our Hidden Song Contest, won Favorite Breakout Artist, after their performance of “A Year Without Rain.”

Eminem, although unable to attend the show, won Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite Male Artist, and Em’s hit “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna won Favorite Music Video and Favorite Song.

Favorite Pop Artist was Rihanna, Favorite Rock Band was Paramore despite their nasty public “divorce” going on right now. Usher won Favorite R&B Artist. And Favorite Viral Video Star was nabbed by “Single Ladies” Devastation where a dad tells his son that he is not a single lady, after catching him dancing to the tune with his sisters and the 3 year old boy starts balling crying.

Another star who had a really great night was Katy Perry. She won Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Online Sensation. She accepted the awards with a shameless plug for her Summer 2011 tour.

Although not in the musical category, I just had to let y’all know that the biggest winners by far were the Twilight trio, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. With a record number of 175 million votes, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” won Favorite Movie and Stewart beat out leading ladies such as Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie for Favorite Movie Actress. The two other awards earned by Pattinson, Lautner, and Stewart were Favorite On Screen Team and the movie won again for Favorite Drama Movie for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

To see the full list of winners, check out MTV’s report here.

Did y’all watch the 2011 People’s Choice Awards? What did you think? Did any big winners surprise you?

Hear New Music First – HP

Paramore Moves On with New Music and New Members

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Paramore is pushing forward in 2011 – Hayley Williams and the rest of Paramore are writing new music for their fourth album and filling spots in the band, for now.

SPIN.com reports that Hayley tweeted on December 30, “Tonight @itstayloryall [guitarist Taylor York] sent me the 1st official demo for me to write lyrics to and I am so hopeful and motivated for the future!!” She followed with another tweet on January 2: “Writing… writing… writing stuff.”

Paramore has also announced two new replacement members, who will help out on their South American tour in February and March: Taylor York’s brother Justin, who has previously filled in on tour, will play guitar, while drums will be handled by esteemed veteran Josh Freese, who has played with a variety of bands over his 20-year career, from Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Devo, Queens of the Stone Age, and Weezer to pop starlets like Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and Miley Cyrus.

The new additions, however, aren’t permanent. “Neither Josh Freese nor Justin York are joining as members, just helping us for the South American tour :),” Williams tweeted.

Are you excited about Paramore’s new album? Even without the Farro Brothers? Tell me in the comments!!

Josh Farro releases his side of Paramore breakup story, reveals Williams is only artist actually signed to Atlantic

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So, it seems the Paramore breakup is going to get a little ugly.

MTV is reporting on a statement from former guitarist Josh Farro that fires back at his former bandmates, label, and management team.

“Let me start by apologizing to you for the way everything went down on Saturday. I had a statement typed ready to post to you guys but Hayley released one without my permission.”

“I wish it didn’t have to happen that way, Zac and I wanted to be the ones you heard it from. I want to be honest with you guys about how this band formulated from day one. I did not think Hayley’s version told the whole story, at least from our perspective and hopefully this will explain a bit about why we are leaving.”

Farro then starts getting into the nitty-gritty by calling Paramore “a manufactured product of a major label,” and accusing frontwoman Hayley Williams of not only being manipulated by her management, but also of treating the group as her solo project. Farro claims in his statement that Williams is actually the only member of the band signed to Atlantic Records, and that her bandmates were simply “riding on the coattails of ‘Hayley’s dream.’ “

“Hayley’s manager would tell the band to be in the lobby of the hotel at a certain time, but he and Hayley wouldn’t show for hours. We found out that they had been meeting with record label executives all morning without us, which is totally weird given that this wasn’t simply a solo artist, but we were a band,” Farro writes.

“The band was in the dark the whole time. After many meetings between Hayley, her manager and the labels they decided to sign her to Atlantic Records. We didn’t understand why Hayley was the only one signing the contract since we were told this was a ‘band,’ but we were too young to grasp all of this. … Next thing we knew we were having a signing party for Hayley.”

Farro then goes into further detail about how Williams parents and management team treated everything she did as a solo project, and that the band basically felt as if they were their to showcase her.

“The management then decided to build our band up the grass-roots route. They put Hayley on Fueled by Ramen not making it known she was signed to Atlantic as well,” he writes. “All the while we still questioned whether or not we were an actual band, but Hayley continued to insist we were, despite our being ignored and pushed around by the label.

“Hayley’s father … 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. We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley. It’s been obvious how her family views things.”

Farro also admitted he and Williams dated at one point, and that after their breakup, “things started going downhill for the band.”

Despite Williams’ assurances after the release of 2009′s Brand New Eyes the band grew closer, Farro says it couldn’t be further from the truth: “Hayley claimed that this record reunited us as band and made us grow closer together, when in reality we were all growing further apart. Suddenly the band had split into two sides. Touring became more difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band once had were no longer existent.”

Farro finished his piece writing that he was not trying “to belittle or disgrace” his former bandmates; simply that he wanted “to clarify our decision for leaving and our desire to finally tell you guys the truth.”

He closed saying: “We want to thank you guys for all of your love and support over the past seven years. It’s been an honor creating and playing music for you. If music is what God calls us to in the future, we hope that you all will be a part of it.”

What do you think of the bitter split of Paramore? Do you think this reduces the chances of the remaining three members’ continued success? Do you believe all the stories that only Williams was considered to be the “important” artist, and the only one signed by Atlantic?

Hear new music first – HP

 

Paramore loses two founding members as Farro brothers say goodbye

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This weekend, Paramore confirmed the rumors that had begun making the rounds earlier last week that brothers guitarist Josh and drummer Zac Farro were leaving the band.

Paramore wrote a blog on their official site that the brothers had decided to leave “a couple of months ago,” and that their decision to break off on their own was not a surprise to the remaining three members – Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York.

The statement said (in part): “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.

The brothers were two of the founding members of the band (with Williams and Davis in 2004). With the Farros’ departure the remaining three members have plans to forge ahead wrapping up a South American tour in February, and starting work on a new album – as we reported last week.

“We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. 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,” the statement said. “You have always been what keeps us going so why would we stop now? We want to stick by you. Knowing that we have a unified passion and a clear vision makes us feel stronger than ever.”

Paramore thanked their fans for standing by them, and promised to do great things in 2011 even with the departure of the Farro brothers.

“We have some amazing things lined up for next year starting with our tour in South America. We are still coming to you and we are excited about who we are bringing with us! The tour is still on and we can’t wait to see you all. As we look back, and now as we look with excitement to the future, in all of this what truly matters are the good times. The pictures of us with our arms around each other, the long van rides, your faces while you sing along as we play. Thank you for getting us right here to this very moment. We look forward to our best times. And we hope you will go there with us.”

What do you think of the departure of the Farro brothers? Do you think it will make the band stronger? Or hurt it?

Hear new music first – HP

Paramore plans to lay low in 2011, work on new album

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After a big year in 2010 what does Paramore have planned for 2011? How about writing some new music!

MTV caught up with Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Taylor York on Friday to ask them what was on tap after a year of chart-topping hits and a cross-country trek.

The two revealed that after a year in the spotlight they plan to lay low in 2011 to work on an upcoming album.

“The year has kind of been topped. We don’t have much more for the rest of this year. We’re going on a tour in South America and then we’re taking time off and we’re writing for a new record,” York said.

And while the prospect of a new project is exciting, both Williams and York admit it’s not easy to move on after the huge success they found with Brand New Eyes. Williams said reflecting on the year “It’s just been like, one thing after another. [It's like a] high climb, and I hope we get to keep climbing for a little bit longer.” York said: “We’re kind of at the end of this record but it’s bittersweet.”

Are you anxious for a new Paramore album? Do you think they can keep making hits?

Hear new music first – HP

Nina C. says Cee-Lo’s new viral hit undeniably fun

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I have a lot of good things to say about this week’s music. However, please excuse the shortness of this post; there are some songs in the jukebox I cannot mention in the blog this week (HitPredictor is afraid if I do I’ll over-excite fans of these artists who will then sway the vote), but they will be first on my list next week. :)

The new viral song hit is “F— You.” by Cee-Lo. Now I see why some people might find this song offensive because I’m definitely not one to find songs like this appealing but something about it really makes you want to listen. It’s funny and completely relatable. Cee-Lo is always known for his unique approaches to music, and his bold approach to this angst song really paid off.

There’s spicy and there’s sweet, so the sweet song of the week goes to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood. Who can resist a beautiful, well-written song about the power of a real mother? It’s sort of cliché but it’s still great with the delivery of Carrie Underwood’s strong vocals.  “All I Wanted” by Paramore is a sweet rock song with great lyrics and their usual awesome guitar play. Paramore’s “Playing God” delivers a hard kicking message about judgment.  I love a band with a message, good job guys!  I also enjoyed Jared Finck’s “I Won’t be Long”; it feels like a real throwback to the 80’s and was a lot of fun to listen to.

My only negative review comes from boredom. All of the songs I’ve rated by Katy Perry through HitPredictor are starting to sound the same.  “California Gurls” sounded the best for me, but now all the songs after it are pretty similar. I have no doubt however that all of these songs have potential to be radio hits because they are ideal for the pop world.

I made a few major discoveries on HitPredictor this week but they’re so fresh and new I can’t talk about them right now (as mentioned above!). Make sure you rush to the jukebox to discover some of these great new artists yourself and tell me what YOU think about them!

Have an awesome week!