The Rise of Paramore

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By, Nick Der

In 2002, lead singer, Haley Williams, along with Josh and Zac Farroat at the age of 13, participated in a band called The Factory.  Later in 2004, all three would officially form their own separate band called Paramore. Paramore’s band members consisted of lead singer Haley Williams, lead guitarist Josh Farro, drummer Zac Farro.  However in 2010, Josh and Zac Farro left the band as there were conflicts between themselves and Haley.  The band’s current members still consists of Haley Williams, with the new additions of  bassist Jeremy Davis and lead and rhythm guitarist Taylor York. In 2004, Paramore was signed by Atlantic Records and another record company, Fueled By Ramen.  Their first album, “All We Know Is Falling” was released in July 2005 and was ranked No. 30 on the Billboard’s Heatseeker’s chart.  By the end of July, the album had sold about 528,000 copies. Their second album, “Riot!” released in June 2007, and was ranked at No. 20 on the U.S Billboard 200 albums chart.  Within the next three weeks, “Riot!” jumped to the No. 15 spot in top ranked albums.  A year later, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  From this album, Paramore produced four singles: “Crushcrushcrush,” “Hallelujah,” “Misery Business,” and “That’s What You Get.” Their third album, “Brand New Eyes” was released in September 2009, and was ranked at No. two on the Billboard 200, selling 175,000 copies in its first week.  At the time, this album had become the album on the chart.  This was also the last album recorded by Paramore before Josh and Zac Farro’s departure.  “Brand New Eyes” ranked No. one in many countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and United Kingdom.  The album was also certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association or also known as the “ARIA.” Paramore’s fourth and current self-titled album, “Paramore” was released in April 2013.  It became Paramore’s first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Haley Williams wasn’t sure on how the album would turn out and how much publicity it would get because it would be the first album in which co-founders Josh and Zac Farro would not be featured in.  Within its first week, “Paramore” sold over 106,000 copies, beating out Brad Paisley, with 100,000 copies.  Paramore has produced two singles from this album, which are “Now” and “Still Into You.” According to the website, over the past nine years, Paramore has had 13 singles, in which those singles have occupied a total of 646 weeks on the charts, and albums for 499 weeks on the charts.  The most successful albums produced by Paramore are “Brand New Eyes” (2009) and “Paramore” (2013).

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