Chris Payne

Editorial Assistant,

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.


The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing, so there is plenty of big money attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget?
Jessie Ware's New Album: Check Out the Cover Art & Title

Jessie Ware's New Album: Check Out the Cover Art & Title

Sentimental R&B siren Jessie Ware will gloss the cover of her highly anticipated sophomore album staring longingly out a window, love no doubt on her mind. At least that's what we can gather from the freshly-released artwork for her new album, which will share the title of its first single.
James Blake, Bonnaroo 2014

New James Blake Song Debuted by The xx's Jamie xx: Listen

James Blake has a lot of new music on the way. His third studio album is nearing completion and at Bonnaroo last month, he told Billboard he's been collaborating with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. And now we have some new Blake music to actually hear.
Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst Accepts Rape Accuser's Apology: Read His Statement

This Monday, the woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman/singer-songwriter Conor Oberst of raping her in an XO Jane post last year finally admitted to fabricating the whole story. Today, Oberst accepted the apology of Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris) in a public statement.