Dude, are the Grammy Awards getting hip? What is up with our scene bands getting nominations?
"Misery Business" is Paramore's best song, but are the other Grammy-worthy? Shiny Toy Guns are great, but same thing. Is this another sign that the music industry really is in trouble? Or just that more people should read Planet Verge cause we wrote about these bands way before they hit the mainstream?
STG are a really great live band and talented in their style- but it does irritate me at times....
Both bands are nominated for their first major-label releases and quickly rose from the indie scene. I guess it's just weird.....
Here's the official release:
Paramore Get Grammy Nod For "Best New Artist" As "Riot!" Scores RIAA Gold Certification
Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has been nominated as "Best New Artist" at the upcoming 50th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced this week. 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 #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 #1 video at MTV2 and a #2 sensation at MTV, the clip is also a top airplay favorite at mtvU, MTV Hits, and MTV.com. In addition, "Misery Business" reached #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 #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 at www.youtube.com/user/FueledByRamen, 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. Paramore.net, the official band website, averages 70,000 page views per day while the band's MySpace page - www.myspace.com/paramore - has logged over 17 million total plays thus far with their friends tally now exceeding 500,000. Paramore's PureVolume site - www.purevolume.com/paramore - has notched more than 4 million streams to date.
SHINY TOY GUNS RELEASE
Shiny Toy Guns, the Indie Dance Rock band from Los Angles has been given the Grammy nod for it's debut CD WE ARE PILOTS. Placed in great company, Shiny Toy Guns is nominated in the Electronic Dance Category for the Best Album award. The act has been co-Published by McJames Music Inc. for over 5 years. Recent licenses include Motorola, Honda, Dirty Sexy Money, and Private Practice. The band is closing their three year tour on December 22nd at the Wiltern in Los Angeles and humbly welcomes this Grammy nomination. www.myspace.com/shinytoyguns www.mcjamesmusic.com
*joelle, who just ate the most tasty mozzarella sticks ever