Hayley Williams from Paramore doesn’t want to be a pop star. The 24-year-old singer, who helped form her band nine years ago, has seen her profile gradually rise, as can happen when you rack up five top 40 hits in addition to singing the hook to B.o.B’s quadruple-platinum “Airplanes.” But when Paramore’s future was in doubt following the 2010 departure of two members, Williams didn’t even consider taking the golden parachute of a solo career.
“I’ve never once thought about being a solo artist,” says Williams. “That’s not what I want. It’s never been what I want. When we were taking that time away – when we figured out what Paramore was, what we were gonna do, what we wanted – it was more like, ‘Do I even want to do music anymore?’ It wasn’t ‘Do I want to go do a solo project?’ Because I don’t really want to do a solo project. That sounds lonely. That sounds awful.”