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19 February 2023

Paramore Score Third UK No. 1 Album With ‘This Is Why’

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Paramore have secured a third UK Number 1 album, and their first in a decade, with This Is Why.

The Tennessee-formed rock group, comprising Hayley Williams, Zac Farro and Taylor York, reached the summit with their sixth studio LP, with 76% of its final total made up of physical copies. Previously, Paramore topped the Official Albums Chart with Brand New Eyes (2009) and Paramore (2013). This Is Why also tops the UK’s Official Vinyl Albums Chart, proving the most-purchased record on wax this week.

Speaking exclusively to, Paramore say: “For this record, which was so inspired and influenced by some of our favourite British bands over the last couple decades, to debut at Number 1 in the UK is so ridiculously cool and surreal.

“As if we weren’t already dying to get back over there and play some shows. Thank you to the fans and friends over there for all your love. Thanks for waiting for us. Be there soon!”

It was a pop-punk takeover in the Top 5, as You Me At Six enjoyed a Number 4 debut with their eighth studio album Truth Decay. The Surrey rock exports, comprising Josh Franceschi, Max Helyer, Chris Miller, Matt Barnes and Dan Flint, now boast seven consecutive Top 10 albums across a career spanning 15 years. Truth Decay also topped the Official Record Store Chart, selling the most physical copies in independent record shops this week.

Earlier this week, Paramore shared the music video for Running Out Of Time, from This Is Why.

Running Out of Time is the third track from the new album to receive a music video. Paramore announced the album in September last year alongside the video for its title track, which was directed by Turnstile frontman Brendan Yates. In December, second single The News arrived with a video co-directed by Mike Kluge and Matthew DeLisi.

Buy This Is Why here.


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