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Ten Things About... Paramore

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Since forming in 2004, Paramore have become one of the front runners for alternative rock music. Led by flame-haired vocalist Hayley Williams, Paramore have three albums and a number of tours under their belt.

After taking some time off, Paramore are back with a self-titled album set to be released later this year and new single 'Now', which has just dropped on Radio 1.

With that in mind, Digital Spy takes a closer look at the American rockers.

1. The road to Paramore began in 2002 when a 13-year-old Hayley Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee and met brothers Josh and Zac Farro. Williams was part of a funk cover band, The Factory, with bassist Jeremy Davis, and these four teamed up and went on to officially form Paramore in 2004.

2. Prior to Paramore, Williams took vocal lessons with Brett Manning. Manning has also worked with the likes of Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

3. Atlantic Records signed 14-year-old Williams in 2003 with the hope of making her a pop star. Williams resisted however and her passion for performing alternative rock music with a band behind her eventually saw the label agree and do things her way. A management team were put together for the band, including former Creed manager Jeff Hanson.



4. Bassist Davis is quoted as being unsure of the band's potential to begin with, due to the drummer only being 12 years old. He said: "I had very, very, very, little faith in everyone in the band because of their age. I remember thinking, 'This is not going to work because this kid is way too young', but that first day of practice was amazing. I knew we were on to something." Davis was obviously right, as the band went on to receive a 2008 Grammy Award nomination for 'Best New Artist', just losing out to Amy Winehouse.

5. The name 'Paramore' came from the maiden name of one band member's mum, with the spelling 'paramour' meaning 'secret lover'.

6. Josh Farro has spoken about the band's Christian beliefs influencing their music. He said: "Our faith is very important to us. It's obviously going to come out in our music because if someone believes something, then their world view is going to come out in anything they do. But we're not here to preach to kids, we're out here because we love music."



7. Paramore's musical influences include Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie and New Found Glory.

8. December 2010 saw the departure of two of the band's founding members, Josh and Zac Farro. The remaining members of the band announced the news through their website and stated: "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." However, despite the band's support, Josh Farro hit back on his Blogger account referring to the band as a "manufactured product of a major-label" and accused Williams of being manipulated by her management and claimed she was in fact the only member of the band who actually was signed to Atlantic Records.

9. Paramore have achieved huge success with their albums and both Riot! and Brand New Eyes have achieved platinum and gold success in a number of countries. Songs 'Decode' and 'I Caught Myself' both featured on the Twilight soundtrack.



10. On December 6 2012, Paramore announced that their fourth album will be released in April. Former Nine Inch Nails and Lostprophets and current Angels and Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin will join current band members Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York.

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