Sunday, May 25, 2008


MILEY CYRUS has found an unlikely source of support in a rock star - PARAMORE's HAYLEY WILLIAMS.

The Hannah Montana star sparked controversy in the U.S. when the candid snaps - which show Cyrus posing bare-backed, wrapped in a satin sheet - emerged online, forcing the 15-year-old to issue an apology over the controversial Annie Leibovitz photos.
But Williams - who is a family friend of the star - insists her pal will survive unscathed by the scandal.

She tells MTV news, ""We grew up around the Cyrus family, and they're amazing people, and I know they wouldn't steer their daughter wrong.
"Miley's got a good head on her shoulders, so I think she'll come out of all this strong. She's a great girl."


PARAMORE have reassured fans they are not splitting up - insisting "the music's never gonna stop". The band sparked rumours of a split last month (Feb08) by cancelling the remaining dates on their European tour due to unspecified "internal issues". But the Tennessee four-piece were adamant they had put their problems behind them at a gig in La Zona Rosa as part of the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas on Friday (14Mar08) night. Frontwoman Hayley Williams told the audience, "I know there's been a lot of craziness going on and if you follow our band you may have heard about it in the press or whatever, but the music is never gonna stop for us, and thanks for believing in us." She added, "This was our first show in about a month, and it couldn't have gone any better."


PARAMORE front woman HAYLEY WILLIAMS has dismissed reports the band is to split - despite cancelling the remainder of their European tour over "internal issues". The 19-year-old singer posted a message, signed by all four band members, on her blog on Thursday (21Feb08) announcing the group needed to take time off to work out their personal problems. But Williams has since updated her blog, insisting her comments were taken out of proportion. She writes, "Since we posted the last entry, we've gotten tons of phone calls and people posting things on Web sites saying that we are breaking up. I just want to make it clear, though... we weren't saying the band was over. We posted because we are going through hard times and we felt that because we have a really good support system in you guys, our fans, it would be better for us to just be honest about what's going on - even though it was a pretty vague explanation." And the flame-haired star has refuted allegations the tour cancellation was caused by her falling pregnant. Williams adds, "Man, some of the rumors that I've heard going around are insane! It's weird how out of hand things can get even when you just try to tell a simple truth (for the record, my Eggo is not preggo). Anyway, we just need to take time to make this band the best it can be... and we are doing that now." A spokesperson for Atlantic Records has confirmed Paramore are still scheduled to tour with Jimmy Eat World in April (08) in the U.S.


The future of PARAMORE is in doubt after the U.S. rockers abruptly cancelled the remainder of their European tour, blaming "a lot of internal issues". Singer Hayley Williams posted a message, signed by all four band members, on her internet blog on Thursday (21Feb08) announcing the group needs to take time off to work out their personal problems. Williams writes: "(There are) a lot of internal issues that have been going on in this band for quite a while now... "We were able to fight through all of it for this long, but unfortunately we weren't able to keep it together long enough to make it through the end of the tour.” We really feel that taking this time is going to give us a chance to get away and work out our personal issues at home and on our own terms. We just aren't willing to risk the life of our band over one tour... "Maybe one day we will tell the whole story, but for now, just know that all five of us are going to work so hard to get it right."

Paramore was due to have played five more European gigs including a date scheduled in Paris, France on Thursday (21Feb08) night.


U.S. rockers PARAMORE are surprised that their music exerts a pull on elderly fans - but insist older people "are cool". The pop-punk four-piece are surprised their tunes appeal to a more aged market, but credit their younger supporters with bringing their parents along to gigs - and end up becoming fans of the group.

Guitarist Josh Farro tells, "At shows now there’s a lot of an older person. It's cool because we're used to kids our age and mostly younger. But now it's anywhere from 10 years old to 55. But it's cool that people older than my dad enjoy our music."

Drummer Zac Farro adds, "For every five 13-year-old girls, there's a dad with them. And they're like, 'Well, they dragged me to this concert, but I just like it. I'm still gonna be out there singing the words.' We get it all the time. 'I'm not gonna use headphones, because I want to rock out with you guys.'"


Rockers PARAMORE nearly let pass their set at England's Reading Festival last weekend (25Aug07) following their flight from the U.S was cancelled. The band - which was forced to pull out of the festival last year (06) because front woman Hayley Williams was sick - feared flight cancellations, would put this year's performance in jeopardy. But they finally managed to board a flight to the U.K in time to perform at the festival.

Williams says, "We had to cancel last year because I was really sick and I think it's time for another apology. But our flight got here today and now we're all together".

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hayley Williams BIO

Birth Name : Hayley Nichole Williams
Nickname : Spongebob, Sponge, Hayles
Age : 19
Birthday : December 27, 1988
Birth Sign : Capricorn
Height : 5'2
Eyes : Green
Hometown : Franklin, Tennessee
Birth Place : Meridian, Mississippi
Dating : not telling
Trademark : Vibrant red hair
Tattoos, etc. : not telling
Hobbies : singing / vocals

about hayley
I am pretty simple. Music, make up, and fashion are what I'm really into. Sort of a typical girls list of hobbies...but I ain't no girls girl. I'm into making memories with photographs and I tend to be pretty nostalgic. Anything to do with the south, I'm down for it: good times and BBQ!!!

My goal is to make music that people, 30 or 40 years from now, wish they were around for.

musical influences
Etta James, Chaka Khan, Jimmy Eat World, The Cure, Refused, New Found Glory, Sunny Day Real Estate, Failure, mid to late 90's pop rock (Third Eye Blind, Semisonic, Filter) and NSync... and many others.
favorite songs to perform live

"For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic"

favorite places
Nashville, TN, anywhere in California, Tokyo, Japan, or Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia
favorite things

Loud music on road trips, our 12 passenger van, The Warped Tour, Downtown Franklin, fishing, dancing, Sam and Zoe's for lunch when we are rehearsing in Nashville for tour, going to the movie theater, and a soy 6 pump extra hot no water chai (apparently this is Madonna's favorite drink so I tried it and now the whole Starbucks experience, for me, is based around this drink! You should try it.)

My Top 5 Favorite Foods:

  1. Mr. Farro's walnut chicken...really anything Mr. or Mrs. Farro cook.
  2. All foods involving lots of cheese (Because it's usually forbidden due to the voice).
  3. BBQ
  4. Tijuana wrap from Sam and Zoe's in Berry Hill, TN
  5. Salmon and tuna sashimi
  6. last read

"Little Girls Wiser Than Men," a short story by Leo Tolstoy

Paramore Upcomming Shows

06/02/2008 Dublin Ireland Dulin RDS Simmions Court
06/04/2008 Portsmouth United Kingdom Guildhall
06/05/2008 Nottingham United Kingdom Nottingham Rock City
06/07/2008 Germany Rock Am Ring
06/08/2008 Germany Rock Im Park
06/09/2008 Brussels Belgium AB
06/11/2008 Copenhagen Denmark Pumpehuset
06/12/2008 Sweden Hultsfred Festival
06/14/2008 Norway Norweigian Wood Festival
06/15/2008 Finland Provinssi Festival
06/17/2008 Amsterdam Holland Melkweg
06/18/2008 Paris France Bataclan
06/30/2008 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest - WLUM Stage
07/01/2008 St. Louis, MO Vans Warped Tour Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/02/2008 Kansas City, KS Vans Warped Tour Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/03/2008 Dallas, TX Vans Warped Tour Center
07/05/2008 San Antonio, TX Vans Warped Tour Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/06/2008 Houston, TX Vans Warped Tour Sam Houston Race Park
07/26/2008 Englewood, CO w/ The Offspring, Dropkick Murphys, The Spill Canvas, Dropping Daylight Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
07/28/2008 Reno, NV w/ Jack's Mannequin, Paper Route Grand Sierra Resort
07/30/2008 Costa Mesa, CA w/ Jack's Mannequin Pacific Amphitheater
07/30/2008 Costa Mesa, CA w/ Jack's Mannequin Pacific Amphitheater
08/01/2008 San Diego, CA w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Concerts On The Green
08/02/2008 Mesa, AZ w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, and Paper Route Mesa Amphitheater
08/05/2008 Little Rock, AR w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, and Paper Route River Fest Amphitheater
08/06/2008 New Orleans, LA w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, and Paper Route The Sugarmill Room
08/07/2008 Memphis, TN w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, and Paper Route Mud Island Amphitheatre
08/10/2008 Baltimore, MD Virgin Festival w/ Nine Inch Nails, STP, Iggy and the Stooges, Taking Back Sunday, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West
Pimlico Race Course
08/12/2008 Chicago, IL w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Congress Theater
08/13/2008 Sterling Heights, MI w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Freedom Hill
08/15/2008 Philadelphia, PA w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
08/16/2008 Asbury Park, NJ w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Asbury Park Convention Hall
08/17/2008 Providence, RI w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Providence Piers
08/22/2008 Montreal, QC w/ Phantom Planet, Paper Route Metropolis
08/23/2008 Toronto, ON w/ Phantom Planet, Paper Route Kool Haus
08/24/2008 Cleveland, OH w/ Phantom Planet, Paper Route Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre @ Tower
08/25/2008 Tulsa, OK D-Fest D-Fest
08/29/2008 Portsmouth, VA w/ Phantom Planet, Paper Route nTELOS Wireless Pavilion
08/30/2008 Wallingford, CT w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Chevrolet Theatre
09/01/2008 Seattle, WA w/ Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, Paper Route Seattle Center Memorial Stadium

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Madonna, "Hard Candy"

Madonna makes producers, producers don't make Madonna. The diva plucked William Orbit, Mirwais and Stuart Price from electronic music obscurity, meshing her own pop sensibility with their sonic specialty. But for "Hard Candy," Madge hooked up with name-brand guys like the Neptunes and Timbaland, and even brought on Justin Timberlake as a writing partner.

What results is, expectedly, of-the-moment and radio-ready. "4 Minutes," with Timberlake, is already a top three Billboard Hot 100 hit, and harmonious ballad "Miles Away" might be some of her best work yet. But it feels familiar. "Miles" is a close cousin to Timbaland's "Apologize," "Spanish Lesson" is a dead ringer for N*E*R*D's "She Likes to Move," and "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" instantly recalls Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." That's par for pop acts when they collaborate with producers who are bigger stars than they are. But for a vanguard artist like Madonna, it feels like a bit of a concession.

The Cure singles release

Prior to releasing their 13th studio album The Cure will release four new singles.
The tracks will be issued on the thirteenth of each month, leading up to the release of the as-yet-untitled album in September.

The first single 'The Only One' – which has already been aired on the band’s recent European tour - will arrive on May 13. Subsequent singles will appear on the thirteenth day of June, July and August.

Each single will include unique B-sides – 'The Only One' will include the new song 'NY Trip', while June’s release, 'Freakshow' will be issued alongside the track 'All Kinds Of Stuff'. Details of the other two singles have yet to be announced.

'The Only One' is the first new material from the band since the Ross Robinson-produced self-titled album of 2004 and will appear on the Suretone/Geffen Records label.
The news comes as the band prepare to embark on a major US tour, which begins in Washington DC on May 9. The original American dates had to be rescheduled from late last year, as Smith wanted more time to finish the album.

"AT LAST!" he commented on the band’s official website, following the announcement of the new singles.