Chris Payne

Correspondent, Billboard.com

Chris Payne joined the editorial team in January 2013 after breaking in as an intern with both Billboard and Pitchfork, and freelancing for outlets like Paste, RollingStone.com, The L and Critical Mob. He served as music director for The College of New Jersey's WTSR from 2008 to 2010.

Super Bowl Music Quiz: Test Your Halftime Show & National Anthem Knowledge

Super Bowl Music Quiz: Test Your Halftime Show & National Anthem Knowledge

The Super Bowl halftime show has only been worth watching for about two decades (sorry Up With People and various marching bands), but there’s already been enough A-list talent to make being a “Super Bowl halftime buff” an actual thing. Or at least for us at Billboard.
Purity Ring

Go For a Spin With Purity Ring in New 'Push Pull' Video

Dreampoppy duo Purity Ring is well-known for its visual element, and we’ve got the first visual maker of their highly anticipated sophomore album. The title of "Another Eternity’s" lead single -- “Push Pull” is taken quite literally here in the new music video, crafted in collaboration with photographer and videographer Renata Raksha.
Let Jeff Bridges Put You to Sleep in Snoozy Super Bowl Ad

Let Jeff Bridges Put You to Sleep in Snoozy Super Bowl Ad

The Dude wants you to get a restful sleep tonight… and to help some great kids along the way! "Jeff Bridges' Sleeping Tapes" is an album of tranquil sounds and field recordings, available for download on his website.
Blink 182

Blink-182 Soap Opera: What Other Bands Can Learn

Tom DeLonge wanted Blink-182 to exist as a legacy act, while Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker wanted it to be an active, living, breathing entity competing with the Paramores and Fall Out Boys of the world for pop-punk relevancy.
Hear Charli XCX Sing 'Boom Clap' in Japanese

Hear Charli XCX Sing 'Boom Clap' in Japanese

British rule breaker Charli XCX has already made it in America. Next up, she’s out to be huge in Japan. A Japanese edition of her sophomore album Sucker drops Feb. 18 and we’ve got a snippet of a new version of the single “Boom Clap.”

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