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.

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Get the Lowdown on 2016's Most Anticipated Rock Albums: Radiohead, Weezer, Avett Brothers & More

The first few months of a new year are often slow ones for record releases, but the rock and alternative world has already seen its share of successful high profile albums. So far, the 1975, Panic! at the Disco and (shockingly) David Bowie all earned their first No. 1s on the Billboard 200. Of course, there’s a lot more in store as we head towards festival season, and later, the holiday season.

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