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Radio.com interviewed Hayley and in the interview she told the story behind Paramore’s ‘Ain’t It Fun’. You can read the whole interview below.
Hayley Williams wrote Paramore‘s “Ain’t It Fun” as a tongue in cheek way of telling herself to grow up already. It ended up being a symbol of not only Williams’ own maturity but also her band’s, earning them their fourth GRAMMY nomination.
“The whole idea behind our new album was that we’re getting a second chance to start over,” she told Radio.com in 2013, “to really rediscover what we want to be and what we already are. The real message was, ‘You don’t have to give up, just because the odds are against you.’”
The band’s 2013 self-titled album sounds like a musical rebirth. Williams sings about growing up, falling in love and no longer being a crazy girl, all while expanding Paramore’s pop punk sound to include a little soul, blues-driven rock and a lot of ukulele.
But moving out of her comfort zone wasn’t easy.
“It was my first time spending a lot of time away from home, away from family and my close friends,” Williams explained. “When you get outside your bubble, you realize just how big the world is and that you kind of have to fend for yourself.”
It was this realization that helped Williams write “Ain’t It Fun,” the fourth single off the band’s fourth album, which earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Song.
Williams says it was Davis who initially started working on the song, which was inspired by the British pop band Dutch Uncles, who later remixed the track. Davis began working on the song in an L.A. hotel, setting up his own makeshift studio using Fiji water bottles for speakers.
“It was the most ghetto rig,” Williams said laughing, explaining that she was coming by to meet him for dinner, but ended up skipping the meal to finish the song instead.
On it Williams sings about the transition from childhood to adulthood, “Don’t go crying to your mama/ Now you’re on you’re own.” Even taunting herself a bit with the snarky chorus: “Ain’t it fun?/ Living in the real world.”
“The lyrics were my sarcastic way of realizing you can’t be the king of the hill all the time,” she says. “It was a really good exercise for me as a human being—as a 23-year-old person at the time—understanding that life is so much bigger than your own perspective.
“It’s a really fun song to record,” she added, “but it was sort of me telling myself off.”
In hindsight, Williams says the song was just what she needed to get out of her funk. “I felt like I was going kicking and screaming on my own. But it’s funny, because I needed that,” she said. “I needed a change of perspective to know I could do a lot of things on my own.”
The song, which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, also had Williams revisiting her gospel roots. Williams and Davis actually first played together in a late ’70s R&B cover band where they tackled songs by Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder.
“I grew up on gospel, I love gospel and I think I never thought it would mesh at all with what Paramore would ever do,” she said. “But luckily on this album, we were a lot more openminded.”
Three months after recording the original version of “Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore headed back into the studio with a six-person gospel choir in tow.
“They put so much soul and so much feeling into their sound that makes it real and raw,” Williams said. “I actually cried like three times just hearing these people sing our sing. It was so cool.”
Paramore will go up against Jack White, The Black Keys, Beck and Ryan Adams for Best Rock Song at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 pm EST on CBS.
Hayley was honored with a “Trailblazer Award” at the 9th Annual Billboard Women In Music Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, NY yesterday. Her award was presented to her by her long-time friend and colleague, Joy Williams. Hayley got to present an award for Charli XCX, who supported Paramore on their UK tour last fall. Congratulations again, Hayley!
After receiving the award, Paramore and Joy Williams performed an acoustic version of “Hate To See Your Heart Break”. Watch the video of the performance below.
Before Hayley got her award, she walked the red carpet and did a little interview. Watch that below:
We’ve added pictures from the event to our gallery and more will be added as soon as they surface. Enjoy!
NPR Music interviewed Hayley and Joy Williams by email, they talked about their friendship, Hate To See Your Heart Break and other things. You can read the interview below.
Singing with a friend is a uniquely compelling experience. It’s like speaking in a language that’s both simplified and enhanced, making deeper communication instantly possible. Hayley Williams and Joy Williams, not related though they share a last name, have been friends for more than a dozen years, since Joy was a young star on the contemporary Christian music scene and Hayley was a promising tween songwriter. Since then, Hayley’s found fame leading Paramore and Joy has followed up her CCM work with success in The Civil Wars, and now, a solo career. But they’d never collaborated on a recording before this duet on “Hate to See Your Heartbreak,” included on the new deluxe version of Paramore’s self-titled 2013 album, out tonight.
The friendship is why their collaboration sounds so natural and mutually sympathetic. “When we met, I was 12 and Joy was like 18 or 19, I think,” Hayley said in a recent email. “I was already a fan of hers. It was fate that we became friends. She was always giving great advice and listening to songs I’d written or big plans I had about becoming a real artist.” Though the two women spent years on slightly diverging paths, they’ve always looked to each other for inspiration. “Our friendship has grown deeper as we’ve grown up, and I think we’ve gotten even closer in the last year,” Joy added, also in an email. “I’ve always loved how we’ve been able to pick up where we left off, no matter how long it’s been.”
“Hate To See Your Heart Break” has the beautiful melody line of a classic harmonizing tune, reminiscent of The Everly Brothers. Hayley composed it with her Paramore bandmate Taylor York during a dry patch in the Paramore writing sessions. “We were both feeling a little melancholy,” she recalled. “We just sort of meshed each of our individual ideas and they fit together perfectly. As far as the old school vibe of it, I think down deep I had been dying to write a song like this for a long time. What I love about ‘Heartbreak’ in particular is that both vocal melodies are strong enough to be leads but they sort of act as harmonies to each other.”
Joy, who’d intertwined her voice so beautifully with John Paul White’s in the now-defunct Civil Wars, welcomed the chance to harmonize the way she’d learned as a child, when she’d sung with her mother and older sister. “Since I grew up harmonizing with women, it felt really natural singing with Hayley,” she said. “I remember she and I talked that day in studio, about how we have some similar traits in our voices. All we had to do was give into that for our harmonies to really come together. The blend felt natural, very much like family. I think women have a mysterious way of tapping into each other if they know each other well, and I felt that.”
The pair’s camaraderie lends warmth to both the performance and the video, made during the pair’s session at the Village Recorder in Santa Monica. They were, Joy noted, “in the room that Stevie Nicks personally decorated for Fleetwood Mac’s recording of their double album Tusk. I felt like some of the mystic spirit of Stevie is still in the walls there. That’s a good energy to have in a room, especially with two women recording like we were. It felt like the perfect place to let down, light candles, take off our shoes and just be. We’d take breaks, make hot tea in the studio kitchen, and get lost in conversation before we realized we should probably get back to work.” The vibe was so cozy that Joy gave Hayley her Steve Madden shoes to wear, so the younger artist would match her pal’s height for the cameras. “I actually felt tall that day, and that never happens!” the diminutive singer added.
Hayley feels that the song has found its hidden dimension in this version. “I love that I got to sing this with someone who I have shared my pains and my stories with for quite some time,” she explained. “Someone whom I know well and who I’ve sat and listened to as they share their own pains. It was never meant as romantic song between lovers but always a song to a friend. Now it’s even more special. I think of it as an ode to sisterhood. Close friendship between women who share their stories with each other and who lift each other up and understand one another.”
Joy’s fans will be happy to see her vocalizing again, since she’s only released a couple of collaborations since The Civil Wars split. She has a solo album coming soon. “We are mixing right now,” she reported. “It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s a sonic progression for me. An unflinching look into my journey in the last two years, and into who I’m becoming now.”
Hayley, who’s become a bona fide pop star in recent years while remaining one of rock’s leading female performers, is proud of the expanded palette songs like “Heart Break” represent. “I am so proud of every song [on Paramore],” she said. “There are nods to our roots as a band, there are nods to genres we each love as individuals, and the whole album really sums us up. It is the perfect self-titled album for Paramore. Now, I have no idea where we will go because I know better than to think there are limitations.” One thing is sure, as this duet proves: going down new roads, it’s crucial to have friends who can follow your voice and lead you with theirs.
Well+Good interviewed Hayley about her favorite beauty products. You can read the interview below.
Imagine you’re Hayley Williams, the lead singer of Paramore. Your band’s latest single, “Ain’t It Fun,” practically plays on repeat on the country’s top radio stations and you play at sold out concert arenas across the globe. You probably need some caked-on, melt-proof, chemical-strength makeup for those appearances, right?
Wrong. A champion of healthier choices, 25-year-old Williams opts for natural beauty products whenever she can. “What I like about natural beauty products is that, when you find one you love, not only do you get some kind of instant gratification just by using it, but you also get the peace of mind that you’ve invested in your future wellness,” she says.
Williams discovered natural beauty through her battle with acne, which she previously treated with some pretty harsh products. “Honestly, some of those things did work, but I just didn’t feel good about making an aggressive beauty routine part of my lifestyle,” she recalls. “The long-term effects scared me.”
So when she does need to glam up for the stage, Williams and her makeup artist, Brian J. O’Connor, opt for makeup from brands like Armour Beauty and Tarte. “I want it to look healthy and natural throughout the whole show—more important than setting the skin with a powder or a spray afterward is hydrating it and prepping it beforehand, either with a favorite moisturizer or facial oil,” she says. “My personal favorite base makeup for stage is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer. It performs well under pressure and it doesn’t stress me out like cakey makeups do.”
Still, she admits there isn’t a mascara in the world that can stand up to a Paramore concert (AKA blaring lights and 25,000 fans screaming at you), be it natural or not. “I don’t care about having raccoon eyes, it’s a rock show, not a magazine cover,” she says. —Jamie McKillop
1. DoTerra PastTense Essential Oil Blend Roll ($20) I carry this everywhere with me. It’s fully loaded with stress-reducing essential oils (all certified pure therapeutic grade) like lavender, peppermint, chamomile, basil, and even more. It’s so good for people who, like me, carry tension in their necks. Especially the kind of tension caused by excessive head-banging. I just roller-ball it right onto my temples or the back of my neck, and I swear in minutes I feel like I’m in a peppermint-lavender wonderland with no worries in the world.
2. RMS Un-Cover Up ($36) My absolute favorite beauty product. I used this to cover spots when I was battling acne years ago, on and off stage, and I still use it now even though my skin’s cleared up. Healthy, organic ingredients that are gentle enough for sensitive skin, but also work well enough to keep you feeling confident.
3. Kevin Murphy Young Again Masque ($42) Kevin Murphy’s hair-care range may be the only reason my hair is still alive today. I’ve used his products almost exclusively for the last seven years, and my overly-dyed hair is still healthy as ever. All the products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free, and this hair mask is my new favorite treat. I love the smell and the instant gratification of how happy my hair seems afterward.
4. Rich Hippie Rock Star Organic Perfume ($85) First of all, yes I realize how ridiculous it is that I’m in a rock band and I wear a perfume called Rock Star, but that’s beside the point. Fragrances always make my head hurt! I had to start looking for alternatives that weren’t filled with nonsense, and that’s when I discovered this one. For me, it’s the perfect mix of flowery feminine, sexy-spicy clove, and cozy vanilla. Bonus points for the tiny glass vial and rollerball application that make it so convenient to travel with.
5. S.W. Basics Lemongrass Body Oil ($36) I love, love, love this company, what they stand for, and the people behind it. All their products feel luxe and fun at the same time. Anything you order from them has the ingredients listed clearly on the front of the bottle. This one in particular has four, count ‘em, FOUR, ingredients. I’ve never felt more like I’ve got it all together than when I douse myself in this magical stuff after a shower or a bath in the morning.
Hayley also wrote about the interview on her tumblr, here’s what she said:
I did a quick interview with one of my fav lifestyle blogs! It was so cool for me to get to highlight some of my everyday, go-to, all-natural(!!!) beauty products… maybe a couple you’ve never tried before?
Important thing for me to note is that I finally got to talk very briefly about acne, which I’ve struggled with off and on since I was about 19. I discovered a lot of healthier, more natural products in my quest for clear skin… which completely changed the way I think about skincare/beauty products.
Now here’s another thing: I don’t kill myself over products that I love which are less than perfectly pure. In fact, I’ve been known to drop a dime on cheap-o mascaras and lipsticks in my day… (come ON, Target is my promised land!!!). But I do think that there is infinite value (both ethical and health-wise) in buying and using products which aren’t chemical-laden and instead are filled with healthy and pure ingredients. Investing in your long-term looks and feels is highly underrated. And just like I mentioned in this interview, it’s nice to know that when you’re buying yourself a product from a brand that’s not taking short cuts ingredient-wise, it’s gonna feel great to both your today self and your tomorrow self.
Anyway, that’s enough talk! Check out the short little interview for yourself and don’t forget to know that you’re very lovely.
Billboard interviewed Paramore backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last Saturday. You can watch the short interview below.
Paramore performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV last night. We have updated our gallery with new photos from the show and also from the red carpet and backstage, you can see all the photos here.
If you missed the show you can watch video of their full performance below.
Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby and Amy interviewed Paramore backstage at the Festival, you can watch the interview below.