"It sucks to me that Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke both put out videos within weeks of each other, of literally just naked women - and that's being passed off as 'artistic'." Feminist pop star Hayley Williams isn't a fan of provocative videos featuring naked women.
Paramore star Hayley Williams has a secret dream to turn her back on music and open a coffee shop in her native Tennessee. The punk-pop star enjoys performing for fans and recording hits with her band but she's not a fan of the dark side of fame - and hates making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
So she often considers what her life would be like if she was just a local businesswoman in Franklin.
She tells Bust magazine, "I imagine owning a tiny little cafe in my hometown... and working there every day. I'd clean dishes and feed people, and they'd know I was in Paramore and it was an awesome time in my life, but no one would really give a crap what I'm doing - they'd just wanna eat and have coffee."
Paramore star Hayley Williams has sparked a new pop feud by taking aim at Miley Cyrus for her controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (25Aug13). The former child star split fans and peers with her provocative routine, during which she thrust her backside into stage partner Robin Thicke's crotch, while sticking her tongue out at the audience.
Williams insists she wasn't bothered by Miley's naughty act, but she was offended by the fact the 20 year old appeared to adopt moves that are popular in African-American culture as her own.
The Paramore singer rages, "It seems like more people are focusing on the trashiness or the dancing, the clothes. But I, actually, am uncomfortable with the racial aspect of it. I feel like she’s sort of taking a culture that isn’t really hers and sort of using it as an accessory, and that actually bothers me more...
"I feel like maybe someone needs to go to her and sort of explain the race issue.
"I’m not going to be the artist that goes around throwing accusations that other artists are racist. I’m not gonna go there. I do think it’s a little insensitive, and it definitely seems as though there were black women onstage with her that... kinda felt like accessories more than anything else. I felt uncomfortable about that.
"I think Miley’s a 20-year-old girl who’s going to experience, or try to experience, new things for the first time, and that does include partying and wearing certain things that people aren’t going to feel comfortable with, and that, to me, is the lesser of any of the evils. That part doesn’t make me as uncomfortable."
Rockers Paramore are set to hit the high seas with Tegan & Sara on the inaugural Parahoy! Cruise next spring (Mar14). Paramore singer Hayley Williams confirmed reports suggesting her band was the latest to plan a festival at sea on Thursday (22Aug13).
The five-day event will depart from Miami, Florida on 7 March (13) and sail to the Caribbean.
They won't be the only cult rock act inviting fans to join them on a cruise next year - Weezer set sail with Cat Power and Toro Y Moi in February (14).
Acts are set to be added in the coming weeks for both at-sea events.
Paramore's live drummer Miles Mcpherson is recovering after sustaining severe injuries in a golf cart accident on Friday (16Aug13). The musician, who has also played with Kelly Clarkson, was behind the wheel of the buggy when he lost control and the vehicle flipped on top of him.
His wife and two pals were thrown from the cart, but McPherson suffered broken bones in his face and finger and also hurt his leg. He was admitted to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to receive treatment for skin on his face, shoulder and arms that was exposed to leaked battery acid.
McPherson's pals have set up a donation page on Facebook.com to help the father-of-two while he is out of work, and the drummer has taken to his Twitter.com page to post a gruesome photo of his injuries.
He also thanked his loved ones for their support, writing, "I have the best friends a guy could ask for. Feeling incredibly blessed right now."
Paramore singer Hayley Williams seemed unfazed by McPherson's graphic shot of his bruised and bloodied face, tweeting, "Looking good Miles!"
British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has struck up an unlikely friendship with Paramore rocker Hayley Williams via Twitter.com after raving about the band's new music. The A-Team hitmaker was inspired to check out more of Paramore's back catalogue after hearing recent single Still Into You on the radio, and his tweets about his new music find caught the eye of group frontwoman Williams, who struck up a conversation with him online and even offered to send him some records on vinyl.
Reaching out to Sheeran, the rocker wrote, "yeah! I will send you some vinyl if you like that sorta (sic) thing..".
She also congratulated Sheeran after he landed an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Male Video for his track Lego House on Wednesday (17Jul13), prompting him to reply, "I do have myself a record player so send over ! And thank you; bit surreal."
Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil lead this year's (13) Kerrang! Award nominations, picking up four nods each. Pete Wentz's band has been nominated twice in the Best Single category for The Phoenix and My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up). They are also up for Best Event for their show at Camden Underworld in London earlier this year (Feb13).
The reunited rockers will also battle it out against Green Day, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil for Best International Band.
Pierce The Veil nods include Best International Newcomer, Best Song and Best Video for King For A Day feat. Kellin Quinn, while Bring Me The Horizon are up for Best Single and Best Video for Shadow Moses, Best British Band, and Best Album (Sempiternal).
Paramore singer Hayley Williams is nominated along with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm for Hottest Female, and funnymen Frankie Boyle and Louis C.K. are up for Best Comedian.
The 20th annual Kerrang! Awards will be held at the Troxy in London on 13 June (13) and will be hosted by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.
"Feeling better than I have in a week. Taking it easy today... But we'll see you tonight, Denver". Paramore singer Hayley Williams prepares to resume the band's U.S. tour in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night (07May13) after a series of illnesses. As a result, the rockers were forced to cancel a concert in Utah on Monday (06May13).
Rockers Paramore cancelled their concert in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday (06May13) to allow frontwoman Hayley Williams time to overcome a virus. The band was forced to axe an appearance on Conan O'Brien's U.S. chat show last Tuesday (30Apr13) when the singer fell ill with a sore throat, and Williams subsequently battled food poisoning.
As a result of the health concerns, the group called off its planned gig in Salt Lake City, and Williams has taken to her page on Tumblr.com to apologise to fans and open up about her illnesses.
She writes, "This started last week when we were meant to play Conan... And I woke up feeling really sick. I thought it was just a sore throat but didn't want to risk not being well for our own shows, so we cancelled. I stayed in and got some food and of course, caught food poisoning from it... Because, why not?
"Not to get all graphic on you but it was a lot like that scene in The Exorcist where she projectile pukes green and it's really violent. That ended up burning my throat which made it sore all over again. Then to make matters worse I woke up a couple of days later having gotten some sort of virus, which is what I'm still dealing with now. Clearly, it has not been my week.
"I wish that my being sick didn't affect so many people and again, I am terribly sorry to everyone who I have let down by not being able to perform tonight. Thanks to everyone who's sent me a get well soon message or any kind of support over the last week."
"Thanks again to Conan O'Brien for all the well wishes. Tomorrow night at the Wiltern is on! Gonna catch all the zzz's now. For worried folks - didn't go to the hospital today. Was just really hoarse/sinus c**p made my voice suck. Already feeling a lot better!" Paramore singer Hayley Williams is bouncing back after falling sick and cancelling a performance on Conan O'brien's U.S. talk show on Tuesday (30Apr13).