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.

Ed Sheeran

Watch Ed Sheeran Rap His Best Eminem Impression

From working in his own Sheeran pseudo-raos into his music, to freestyling with Waka Flocka, to appearing on Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club last year, he wants you to know there’s more to him than strumming the acoustic guitar.
California Dream With Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty in 11-Minute 'Freak' Video

California Dream With Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty in 11-Minute 'Freak' Video

When Lana Del Rey drops a new video, it’s a good idea to stop what you’re doing and clear out some space in your schedule. And that’s not just because they tend to be long; yes, this new one is 11 minutes, but like “High By the Beach” and “Music to Watch Boys To” it’s going to leave you pondering Lana’s mesmerizing persona.
David Draiman

Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour

A pair of Billboard 200 chart-topping rock bands will be hitting the road together this summer. Today (Feb. 9), Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin officially announced a co-headlining tour for 2016’s warmer months, featuring Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia as support.
Sir Elton John

Elton John Plans to Collaborate on Next Killers Album

We could get a new Killers album before 2016 is out, and there’s a good chance Elton John’s name will be in the credits. In a recent interview with Shazam, Elton got on the subject of collaborating with other artists and matter-of-factly stated that he was about to hit the studio with Brandon Flowers and the boys.