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Paramore returns with new single, “This Is Why”; next album due out in February

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Paramore is officially back.

Hayley Williams and company have dropped a new song called “This Is Why,” which they previously teased earlier this month. What they didn’t tease is that “This Is Why” is also the title track to Paramore’s next album, due out February 10, 2023.

“‘This Is Why’ was the very last song we wrote for the album,” Williams says. “To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but [guitarist] Taylor [York] convinced [drummer] Zac [Farro] and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album.”

“It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last 3 or 4 years,” Williams adds. “You’d think after a global pandemic of f***ing biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.”

You can listen to “This Is Why” now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video, directed by Turnstile vocalist Brendan Yates, streaming now on YouTube.

This Is Why is the long-awaited follow-up to Paramore’s last album, 2017’s After Laughter, which spawned the singles “Hard Times” and “Fake Happy.”

Paramore will launch their first tour in four years October 2 in Bakersfield, California.

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