On July 25, 2015, the song was certified triple-platinum in the United States, the first of the band's songs to have sold three million units.The phrase, "Misery Business", was first heard on a Stephen King adaptation psycho-thriller film, Misery (1990).
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16, "Misery Business" peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. It also succeeded in many countries including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.
26 (for the week of 1/12/2008), making it the band's highest-charting single until "Ain't It Fun" reached No. The song is considered the band's "breakthrough" hit and is crediting with introducing the band to a mainstream audience.
"Misery Business" was the group's first charting single in the UK with more than 20,000 copies created within less than a year of the song's debut.
The video for "Misery Business" was the third to be directed by Shane Drake for the band, and Alternative Press named "Misery Business" the Video of the Year in 2007.
The Fueled by Ramen website reports that Williams wrote the song based on feedback the band received after a question she posted on the band's Live Journal asking what people were ashamed of.
However, on the band's blog, Williams claims the song was written about a past experience involving a male friend whom she felt was being manipulated by a girl, and later on when Williams and her friend began to date, she penned the lyrics to "finally explain my side of the story and feel freed of it all".
At the time of the release of "Misery Business" Paramore was a guest on MTV's "Discover and Download" which gave the band time in the spotlight to reach out and explain the purpose of their album and how they wish to see it grow.
This song is the group's first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
During the week of June 25, 2007, it debuted at #99 on the chart and reached #75 two weeks later before dropping off the chart in the following week.
Due to increased digital downloads during the month of August 2007, it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 during the chart week of September 6, 2007 at #34.
It reached its peak position of #26 during the chart week of January 12, 2008, making it the band's highest-charting single at that time, prior to the release of "Ain't It Fun" in 2014, but "Misery Business" still remains the band's most-played song on the radio to date and more crossover success whereas Ain't It Fun never made a success to alternative radio stations due to the band's change of style and it didn't stay as long as "Misery Business" on the charts despite charting higher still leading "Misery Business" to be their most popular song to date.