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There's a good reason why Paramore are a platinum-certified act, and her name is Hayley Williams. The frontwoman is hard to ignore--and not just because of her tangerine hued hair; there's her so-honest-they-might-be-ripped-from-your-diary lyrics, which have helped countless fans through tough moments, plus her turbo-charged onstage persona. And now, with the band's fourth studio album Paramore out April 9 (plus Williams' collaboration with MAC Cosmetics in--you guessed it--bright orange), we're reminded once again why we fell for the band in the first place. NYLON's Mallory Rice caught up with the singer-songwriter over mac and cheese to talk about fame, fun, and dealing with a major falling out. While you wait for the issue to hit newsstands (March 26, mark your calendar!), get a sneak peek below:

On the band's new album, Paramore
: "Writing the new record, we didn't want to go backward. We wanted to move forward, so we made a conscious effort to do it. It felt like we were kids starting a band for the first time."

On being a girl in the rock'n'roll world
: "Being onstage--that sort of empowerment that you get is not male or female. It's just raw energy. I don't feel like I have to be sexy and a girl, or sexy in any way. I like to play hard, and I love to prove people wrong. It never bothers me being in a male-dominated world. In the past, when guys heckled me, I would just heckle them back."

On the band's falling out
: "It went from being like, 'Hey, we don't want to be in the band anymore' to this really hairy online situation, where I was like, 'How did this happen? Why is this happening?' I know I'm a smiley person, but when I get hurt or when I get upset, I can definitely turn crazy. And I felt crazy for a while, like, 'When is this going to go away?' But it did, finally, and I'm more thankful for the good that's come out of it than I am upset about the bad that went down."

On being famous
: "The fame aspect of what we do is so stupid to me. I literally feel like an idiot. All I want is to be that normal person...I love that side of myself so much more than the side that dresses up and poses for a camera, or that's on a magazine cover."

On growing up
: "I want to be like my granny, not worried about trying to Botox myself. I see myself having a normal life, and I hope that's what it is."

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Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."