Chris Payne

Editorial Assistant, 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.

Ryan Adams performs during the 2014 Newport Folk Festival

Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance During Ryan Adams' London Concert

Ryan Adams continued to the celebrate the release of new, self-titled studio album with a fancy guest appearance at his Sept. 18 show in London. Playing at Shepherd's Bush Empire, he brought out Johnny Depp for some extra guitar on a pair of songs during the encore.
Slipknot, 2014.

Check out Slipknot's New Masks & New Album Rumors

As they prep their first studio album since 2008, Slipknot has hinted at more details surrounding the forthcoming "5: The Gray Chapter." The Iowa-based metal veterans just shared a new video unveiling new looks for the new album.
We Predicted Every ‘SNL’ Musical Guest For Season 40

We Predicted Every ‘SNL’ Musical Guest For Season 40

A new season of "Saturday Night Live" is nearly upon us, and that means a slew of musical guest announcements. For big music fans, an irresistible pick can make the difference between staying in Saturday nights or making plans and firing up the DVR. So who are Lorne Michaels and NBC parading out for season number 40?
Imagine Dragons at Firefly 2014

Hear Anthemic New Imagine Dragons Song 'Warriors'

“Pleased to announce a surprise,” Imagine Dragons posted on their official Facebook page on Wednesday. No, it’s not a new album from the Billboard Hot 100 record breakers, but it’s new music, nonetheless. The band shared “Warriors,” a new song done for the online battle arena video game "League of Legends."

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