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Hayley Williams asks Spotify to fix “outdated” facts on “Hard Times”—UPDATED

The Paramore vocalist addresses Genius' 'Behind The Lyrics' facts on the Spotify track.

April 24, 2019
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Updated April 24, 2019 @ 8:24 p.m.

A representative for Genius revealed to AP that they are working on Hayley Williams’ request to update the facts on “Hard Times.”

“We’ve reached out to Hayley’s team and label and are looking forward to updating the Behind the Lyrics experience for the track accordingly.”

Original Story April 24, 2019 @ 11:23 a.m.

Hayley Williams has taken to Twitter to address Spotify in regards to an issue with that band’s track “Hard Times.” According to the Paramore vocalist, the “Behind The Lyrics” facts used during the track are “outdated” and the band’s management have been attempting to get the so-called facts removed for about a year now.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Spotify, at the bottom of select songs you’ll have the option to go “Behind The Lyrics” via the digital media company Genius.

While the track is playing, listeners can see “lyrics, fun facts, and artist stories.” However, there have been more than a few occasions where the “facts” listed are incorrect or just plain weird.

If you’ve ever stopped dancing to “Hard Times” long enough to pay attention to Genius’ “fun facts” scrolling during the track, then you’ve probably realized they’re not so fun. According to Williams, they’re also “lies” and “outdated.”

The Paramore vocalist took to Twitter in an attempt to make Spotify aware of the issue.

“@Spotify hi. for about a yr now my band’s mgmt has tried get yall to take down some… outdated… facts on behind the lyrics for our song ‘Hard Times’. the facts are: it’s all embarrassing & there was no ‘bright side’… hence the title, Hard Times. thank you & goodnight.”

Shortly after she added:

“i love spotify i just dont want folx subjected to some lies while listenin to the truest & purist of pmore albums.”

When one fan asked if it really was “the Hayley” back on Twitter, she elaborated a little more.

“it’s really me and i’m still confused about how i feel about it… if @genius would just fix the Behind The Lyrics for “Hard Times” on @Spotify then my coming back to twitter will feel completely justified.”


Fans were quick to chime in on the matter, some seizing the opportunity to make some After Laughter puns.


Have you noticed some misinformation on your favorite Spotify tracks? What’s the most bizarre ones you’ve seen? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

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