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Story of Song

The song’s chorus was written by two university students, Jeremy “Kinetics” Dussolliet and Tim “One Love” Sommers. In an interview with MTV News, Hayley Williams, lead singer of Paramore, explained how the song came together: “I was given the track a while ago while we were on tour. The guys and I all loved it. They told me I was crazy if I passed it up. I liked the part too much anyways, so of course I was down. Whether our fans know or not, I’m not sure, but Jeremy and I have always been really into hip-hop. It means a lot that I got to collaborate with a hip-hop artist who is from Atlanta. Not far from home. We Southern gals love us some Southern gentlemen.”

Release date

Released April 13, 2010


Jeremy “Kinetics” Dussolliet – Tim “One Love” Sommers – Justin Franks – Alexander Grant – Bobby Simmons – Christine Dominguez


Grand Hustle – Rebel Rock – Atlantic – A&M/Octone (Oceania)

Chart Rankings

In Ireland, the song became fourth best selling song in the history of the Irish charts. ‘When We Collide’ also topped the charts in the UK and Scotland. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 600.000 copies. However, the song did not achieve international success.


Artist’s age on release date

Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., aka B.o.B, and Hayley Nichole Williams were both 22 years old when this song was released.

Cover Versions

Rihanna featuring Eminem – Avril Lavigne – The Ready Set – Eric Stanley – We Are Defiance, Kellin Quinn and Tom Denney – Aron Erlichman – Nicki Minaj – Travis Michael Garland – Royce da 5’9” – MKTO – Boyce Avenue featuring DeStorm – Lisa Scinta – Atrel – Ahmir featuring Traphik – Tiffany Alvord – Tyler Ward – Aldy Santos (piano cover) –

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