It wasn't too long ago that [artist id="1968732"]Paramore[/artist] were everyone's favorite new artist, but, thanks to the breakthrough success of 2007's Riot! and their continued maturation on last year's Brand New Eyes, they've become one of the most popular rock acts on the planet — the kind of band that's actually in the position to help up-and-coming groups.
So, to kick off MTV News' Rock Week — during which we'll be looking forward to some of the biggest albums and giving some shine to the brightest new stars of 2010 — we decided to ask Paramore's Hayley Williams to name some of her favorite new artists. After all, she knows what it's like to go from hotly tipped to surefire success just as well as anyone. From Motor City punk to hometown indie (with a little San Fran hardcore thrown in for good measure), here are her picks to click in 2010.
The Swellers — "These guys are new to our label, Fueled by Ramen. They crashed on my living-room floor once and, unknowingly to me, slapped one of their bumper stickers on my infamous car. I've loved them ever since, particularly their song 'Sleeper.' A bit of trivia: They are the only band that FBR signed in 2009. That's 'cause they rule."
Fireworks — "Met these guys with some friends at a show they played in Nashville in early 2008. We all ended up hanging out till 6 or so in the morning. We do, in fact, have a side project called 'Tomahawk Beat.' ... There are no songs or anything. It's actually more like an elite club. P.S. The video for their song 'Detroit' is up on mtvU.com so go check 'em out!"
Now, Now Every Children — "I met these folks on 4th of July last summer. We spent our Independence Day storming the Mall of America, test-tasting cheese samples and buying socks. I really like their song 'Everyone You Know.' FYI: Now, Now are the first female band we ever brought out on the road with us. But sadly, when it comes to the open road, girls will always be outnumbered by nasty, stinky boys."
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Paper Route — "We shot our video for 'That's What You Get' at the Paper Route house! They're from Nashville too. Apparently, on our last tour together, a couple of the guys were arrested in Germany for pushing over a road sign? Or something? Sounds absolutely frightening. Well, they make good music — check out 'Gutter' — but I never said you could trust them."
Set Your Goals — "My old roomie Hannah had this hoodie that she sponge-stamped the words 'SET YOUR GOALS' onto and wore just about every day in high school. It wasn't until I was on the Warped Tour a couple years later that I ran up to these dudes and introduced myself. By this point, we've toured the country together, explored haunted venues, had some Buffalo Wild Wings and hung out in Hamburg, Germany, of all places. Their new album, This Will Be the Death of Us, is out now and slays me. I got to sing on one of the tracks, 'The Few That Remain,' too. I'm pretty lucky."
It's Rock Week at MTV News, and to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of the most-anticipated new albums of 2010. Stay tuned all week for more!