At the beginning of the year, there were rumours swirling about the fate of Paramore. After finishing their deal with Atlantic Records, the now-independent band had wiped all of their social media accounts and dropped out of some festival performances — but worries slowly but surely began to dissipate when they were announced as being part of A24's Stop Making Sense tribute album, SZA confirmed that there was a collaboration in the works, and, despite not attending the ceremony, they celebrated winning a pair of Grammys for last year's This Is Why.
If anyone was still wondering, Paramore are here to put all fears to rest with a statement announcing their appointment as global Record Store Day ambassadors for 2024.
"After a long career in the music industry we have decided to announce that… we are going to continue to have a long career in the music industry (sorry for any inconvenience)," they wrote on Instagram over the weekend, poking fun at the rumours. "Our first order of business as a freshly independent Paramore is to shine a light on independent records stores — a vital part of our journey from music obsessed school friends to professional music makers. With that being said, we are humbled to be your ambassadors for Record Store Day 2024. The timing feels kismet."
The trio added, "The discovery of music was always meant to be romantic. Indie record shops are some of the only spaces we’ve got that offer a tangible, tactile experience of music discovery. In this world that feels more disconnected and hostile than ever, it feels important to remain in touch (literally) with what inspires us, empowers us, or simply brings us joy."
Paramore join this year's Record Store Day Canada ambassadors, the Tragically Hip.
Last year's global RSD Ambassadors were married singer-songwriters Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell, the latter having recently filed for divorce. They followed 2022 RSD Ambassador Taylor Swift, who Paramore will be joining on tour this spring.
Record Store Day takes place on April 20. See the announcement from the band below.