Harry Styles has the number one album in the country this week.
With Styles’ start of 193,000 he earns the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
Paramore came in at number six, selling around 67,000 album equivalent units. I’ve seen a few people saying this is a disappointment, and I wanna push back on that just a bit. The band selected a fast album roll-out with very minimal press. They did only a few interviews, with massive publications, and turned down requests from everyone else. They didn’t send out advances to virtually anyone, and I think they knew going in this wasn’t going to be an album they pushed for the first week sales. I think it’s instead setting up their upcoming tour, they’ll have a bigger push on the second single, and the positive word of mouth will keep this album moving throughout the summer.
Basically, I don’t think it’s a disappointment, and I wouldn’t worry.
Paramore performed “Hard Times,” “Told You So,” and “Ain’t it Fun” on Kimmel last night.
It’s hard to overstate just how tumultuous the past decade of Paramore’s career has been. Since before the recording of Brand New Eyes the band has been regularly rocked by near career-ending shifts. While some bands are lucky enough to go through no lineup changes throughout their career, or when lineup changes do happen the splits are often amicable, Paramore has had no such luck. I don’t need to rehash any of the details of this unrest except to say this: While the turmoil would crush almost any other band, the members that have remained, or returned, to Paramore have fought through all adversity to arrive at After Laughter, the crowning achievement of their career so far.
At once a deeply wistful look back at the past decade-plus of the band’s history and a clear eyed assessment of the future, After Laughter is a record about the moments between total heartbreak and absolute elation. These in-between moments allow us to pick up the pieces broken during the former and come down from the euphoric high of the latter, and reassess what our purpose is here on this floating rock. These moments make up the vast totality of our time on Earth, but for some reason they don’t often feel as romantic.
Paramore have announced some new tour dates. Links to purchase tickets can be found on their website.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Hayley Williams of Paramore to talk about the new album:
There were many talks over coffee with [bandmate Taylor York]. We thought, “Maybe we should start something new.” But Taylor said to me, “If we start another band and people call it Paramore, you’re gonna be so mad. So you might as well just be Paramore.” I actually think I could have been happy if we kept creating together and never put out a record, but the fact that we created an album and people can hear it — I’m still pinching myself.
Paramore have announced their third annual Parahoy! Festival. Next year’s festival runs from April 6th-10th, 2018.
Paramore and former bassist Jeremy Davis have settled their lawsuit.
“Everything has been resolved and settled,” said Jay Bowen, Nashville-based attorney for Paramore. “Paramore had a great show last night, getting ready for their tour. The album’s out (May 12).”
Bowen said he couldn’t comment further and Nashville attorney Derek Crownover, who represented Davis, declined to comment.
Part two of the interview with Paramore and Zane Lowe is now up for your viewing pleasure. If you missed part one make sure you check that out as well.
The band’s new album hits stores tomorrow and I’ve seen a massive positive response in our forums.
The Good Morning America 2017 summer concert series lineup has been announced. You can find the dates below featuring artists such as Green Day, Paramore, and Bleachers.
Paramore have debuted their new video for “Told You So.”
Paramore talked with The Guardian about their upcoming album and the struggles to get it made:
“What I will say is that it’s such bullshit that we’re in a lawsuit,” sighs Williams. “I wasn’t OK for a while; maybe I’m still not.”
Taylor York says that he didn’t even feel Davis’s leaving because he was so used to the pain of Paramore. “I was just numb,” he says. “It was just another drama and another example of being in a band and it being really difficult, and feeling bad about that. We have the coolest job ever but why does it have to be so hard?”
Hayley Williams of Paramore explained the meaning behind the band’s new album title, After Laughter, to iHeartRadio:
After Laughter is about the look on people’s faces when they’re done laughing. If you watch somebody long enough, there’s always this look that comes across their face when they’re done smiling, and I always find it really fascinating to wonder what it is that brought them back to reality. So, that’s what After Laughter is.
Part one of Zane Lowe’s interview with Paramore is now up for viewing. Part two will air on May 11th.
Paramore have released a video for their new single “Hard Times.” They’ve also announced that their new album, After Laughter, will be out on May 12th. Pre-orders are now up and the track listing and album artwork can be found below. The band also sat down with The New York Times for a really fascinating interview:
“You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard,” Ms. Williams, a mighty presence who barely cracks five feet, explained last month, speaking for the first time about the tumultuous period since Paramore last released an album, in 2013. “I didn’t even know if we were going to make another record,” she said. “There was a moment when I didn’t even want it to happen. Then it was like, I want it to happen, but I don’t know how we’re going to do it.”
I’ll say this: The band couldn’t have written an album more in my wheelhouse for my current musical tastes. I like it a lot.
Kevin and Bean will be debuting a new Paramore song tomorrow morning.
Paramore’s pink to blue social media change over the weekend has me thinking new music may be imminent.
Hayley Williams of Paramore was a clue on Jeopardy last night and no one got it right.
HalfNoise performed “As U Wave” with Hayley Williams at the Lucky Bamboo in Nashville over the weekend. A fan shot video of the performance has been uploaded to YouTube.
According to multiple fans on Reddit, Hayley Williams tweeted, and then deleted, “Friday” earlier this morning. Maybe a new Paramore single this week? I sure hope so (even if I don’t really trust Reddit).
Update: After looking around I can’t find any solid evidence this was actually tweeted. I’m calling bullshit for now.
HalfNoise have released their new song “As U Wave” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore on guest vocals. The full EP can be streamed on YouTube.