Paramore has joined Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme’s new charity ‘The Sweet Stuff Foundation’ aiming to help musicians with disabilities and serious illnesses.
The Foundation was founded in 2013, but only recently properly launched. The charity will be auctioning off various items over the coming months, including a signed guitar from the 2014 Grammy Awards.
A press release reads “The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability. Things like transportation to medical treatment, assistance with childcare and tuition, income assistance, the “last wishes” of a lifetime, and special treatments not covered by insurance.”
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Paramore’s self-titled ‘Paramore’ album has received a gold certification in the US having sold over 500,000 copies. Congratulations to the band!
You can listen the album from the playlist below.
The second episode of Hayley’s beauty-focused video series ‘Kiss Off’ is now available. This one is called ‘Pretty In Pink’ and you can watch it below.
Paramore played Hilton Play Concert in New York last February. Yesterday Hilton HHonors posted two new videos from the event.
The first one features some questions from fans that won their way in to the show:
And in the second one the social contest winners take on a Day of PLAY in NYC with favorite city destinations of Paramore. And there’s also some footage from the show and meet & greet:
Hayley and Taylor talked to journalist Chuck Crisafulli about the creative process for their first GRAMMY-winning song ‘Ain’t It Fun’, including an unexpected emotional element. Read below what they had to say.
Taylor York: This song was a complete surprise. I came up with a lot of ideas that I thought sounded like what we were supposed to write — big rock guitar riffs that would have fit on our earlier records. As I played each idea for Hayley she’d say, “Yeah, that’s cool but what else do you have?” I went through everything I had until I got to the last idea — one that I wasn’t planning on showing her because I thought she’d hate it. But it was all I had left. She got excited about it and from there the song just built organically and naturally. It all came together in a sound and a style that we had never really explored. The fact that “Ain’t It Fun” came together so easily and worked so well really was the turning point for the writing process of the whole record, and it helped us fall in love with the writing and recording process at a new level. The music was something that I had felt connected to, but I didn’t think it was Paramore. It turned out that whatever we feel connected to absolutely is Paramore.
Hayley Williams: I remember walking into Taylor’s hotel room one of the first days [after] our move to L.A. to make our next album. He played that little marimba part on a loop. I thought it was so cool — I went straight back to my room to get pens and a notebook. By the time I got there I already had a melody, and by the time I got back to Taylor’s room I already had the first few lines of lyrics.
We started demoing vocal parts in Taylor’s room and when we got to the bridge we felt like we needed to hold on a root note and let the tension build with a lot of voices. Taylor and I stacked our voices about 10 different times and it sounded unbelievable — but not in a good way. We decided that we needed really good singers to come in and get it right. A couple of months later we’re recording at Sunset Sound and a local gospel choir comes in, and by the second practice run-through it was perfect. I welled up with tears because I’ve loved gospel music all my life and to hear a choir singing our parts — belting out that harmony — it just felt insane to be in a band that could have that kind of amazing moment as part of our song. All of a sudden we felt big, like we had really made it. Yes, we’ve got a gospel choir on our record. This is really happening.
Paramore won Best Rock Song for “Ain’t It Fun,” at the 57th GRAMMY Awards marking the first GRAMMY wins of their respective careers. Watch the music video for ‘Ain’t It Fun’ below.
Hayley will be appearing in Taylor Swift’s new music video for ‘Bad Blood’. The video was being filmed yesterday in Los Angeles, CA. She was spotted on the set with Taylor, Lily Donaldson and Cara Delevingne. Apparently the video will have multiple cameos and the scenes will feature kick boxing and samurai swords with all ladies. At least Hayley had a body double on the set.
Below new photo of Hayley from the set, see more new photos in our gallery.