Paramore nominated best artist for Grammy


MUMBAI: Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has been nominated as Best New Artist at the upcoming 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The news comes just as ‘RIOT!’, the band’s acclaimed second album, has received RIAA gold certification for sales exceeding 500,000 units.  Released earlier this year, the album features the breakthrough hit singles, Misery Business and Crushcrushcrush.

The Tennessee-based quartet has been on the road nearly nonstop since the album’s June release, most recently headlining a major North American tour with 22 sold out performances.

Paramore will ring in 2008 with a live performance on MTV’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza, and then head off to the United Kingdom for a hugely anticipated headline tour that includes two-night stands in such cities as Manchester, London, and Birmingham.

Paramore is set to star on the upcoming cover of Alternative Press’s February issue. Last summer, lead singer Hayley Williams was among the stars featured on Alternative Press’s July cover, joining a number of her fellow Vans Warped Tour ’07 roadmates. Elsewhere, Revolver called RIOT! “a masterful mix of springy drum beats, crisp guitar hooks, and (Williams’) girlish snarl,” while Spin praised the album for its “arena- rocking potential.”

RIOT! debuted at position 20 on the Billboard 200 this past June, marking one of the highest sales and chart debuts in Fueled By Ramen’s history (second only to Fall Out Boy). The album’s first single, Misery Business, has proven Paramore’s biggest hit to date, reaching the Top 5 at Modern Rock radio, while also scoring at Top 40, Hot AC, and Active Rock. The song’s accompanying video also exploded across the MTV spectrum.  Having already been a number 1 video at MTV2 and a number 2 sensation at MTV, the clip is also a top airplay favorite at mtvU, MTV Hits, and In addition, Misery Business reached number 1 most-played video status at Fuse, with further national play coming on Music Choice and The N.

Crushcrushcrush, the follow-up single from RIOT!, has just begun breaking out at Alternative radio nationwide. The track’s video – directed by Shane Drake (who previously helmed the Misery Business clip) – recently debuted on MTV’s TRL, and has already reached number 6 on the countdown. Crushcrushcrush remains in Big 10 rotation at MTV, while also notching top 10 play at MTV2. What’s more, the clip is receiving further play at Fuse and The N.  Both Misery Business and Crushcrushcrush can be viewed online where Paramore’s videos have scored over 20 million total plays thus far.

Since the release of their debut album, All We Know Is Falling (Fueled By Ramen; 2005), Paramore continues to grow its fervent fan following online with each passing day. Their official band website averages 70,000 page views per day while the band’s MySpace page has logged over 17 million total plays thus far with their friends tally now exceeding 500,000. Paramore’s PureVolume site has notched more than four million streams to date.