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.

Jessie Ware

Strike a Pose With Jessie Ware in Tender 'You & I (Forever)' Video

Let’s talk about love with Jessie Ware. Oh, that title is already taken? Well, 'Tough Love' did just fine for her 2014 album, which was heavily inspired by her recent marriage to Sam Burrows. He pops up -- along with a bunch of Ware’s other friends and family -- in the brand new video for “You & I (Forever).”
'Weird Al' Yankovic Shows Off Golden Body in GQ Photo Shoot

'Weird Al' Yankovic Shows Off Golden Body in GQ Photo Shoot

“Weird Al” Yankovic was awfully proud of scoring his first ever Billboard 200-topping album, but that’s far from all he did in 2014. The man who raised 90s kids on “Amish Paradise” and "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" put on a clinic on how to promote an album in the age of viral content with "Mandatory Fun," and he’s continuing to reap the awards.
Watch the Muppets Perform Naughty By Nature's 'Hip Hop Hooray'

Watch the Muppets Perform Naughty By Nature's 'Hip Hop Hooray'

Previously, Mylo The Cat’s YouTube account has found the Muppets putting their spin on hit songs like the Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want” and Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ “Get Lucky.” For the latest parody, old Muppets material has been culled into a Jim Henson take on Naughty By Nature’s classic “Hip Hop Hooray.”
Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey Announces 2015 Tour Dates With Courtney Love

Regardless of how happy (or unhappy) your holiday season has been thus far, you can always look forward to some “Summertime Sadness.” Sad girl Lana Del Rey has announced her first leg of 2015 summer tour dates, some of which include the legendary Courtney Love as the opening act.
Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey Announces 2015 Tour Dates With Courtney Love

Regardless of how happy (or unhappy) your holiday season has been thus far, you can always look forward to some “Summertime Sadness.” Sad girl Lana Del Rey has announced her first leg of 2015 summer tour dates, some of which include the legendary Courtney Love as the opening act.
Sky Ferreira

Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian'

For a while, it seemed like industry rebel Sky Ferreira would never exist a full length album. But "Night Time, My Time" proved worth the wait when it finally dropped in late 2013, and now she’s showing off new material fit for a highly-anticipated sophomore album.

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