Chris Payne


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,, The L and Critical Mob. He served as music director for The College of New Jersey's WTSR from 2008 to 2010.

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The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes Details New Album 'Aureate Gloom'

Of Montreal recently announced their lucky 13th studio album -- Aureate Gloom, out March 3 on longtime label Polyvinyl. Bandleader Kevin Barnes is a pretty interesting guy, having guided the outfit from its late 1990s twee pop “happy yellow bumblebees” sound (as he puts it) to full-on psychedelia. He stopped by Billboard’s New York office to talk about the new record and look back on the band’s evolution.
Exclusive: Night Riots Premiere Urgent New Wave Track 'Break'

Exclusive: Night Riots Premiere Urgent New Wave Track 'Break'

SoCal quintet Night Riots mined some pretty serious subject matter for their standout new song. “(‘Break’) was inspired by a friend's drink getting spiked with a hallucinogenic drug at a party,” frontman Travis Hawley tells Billboard.
The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far more complicated than that.

Exclusive: HIM Premieres 'Stigmata Diaboli,' Remastered for New Box Set

On Dec, 23, the long-running Finnish rock band will release a limited edition box set called "Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03." Amongst all the goodies inside, the main attraction is their rare 1996 EP "666 Ways To Love: Prologue" on 180 gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever. Billboard is premiering the newly remastered version of its opening track.
Jay-Z attends the Armand de Brignac 'A Taste of Gold' party

Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News' Sean Hannity Over Clumsy Jay Z Jab

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity had a very Fox News moment recently, criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for associating with Jay Z. It wasn’t just that Cuomo was agreeing with Jay Z’s in calling out the Staten Island grand jury that didn’t indict an NYPD officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, but that the governor was fraternizing with “a guy that admits he sold crack.”