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.

Courtney Love performs in Brooklyn on June 26 (credit: Taylor Hill, WireImage)

Courtney Love Is Going to Be in an Opera (Yes, Really)

Courtney Love is going to be an opera star -- an offbeat, non-traditional opera star, but an opera star nonetheless. Love has been cast in the upcoming pop opera 'Kansas City Choir Boy.'
Kanye West in New York City

Check Out Kanye West Balling With an NBA Star

Kanye West and Kobe Bryant are just a couple veterans looking to stay on top of their game. In that spirit, they hit the court on Oct. 1 to flex their brands, pose for the camera, and maybe shoot some hoops, too.
Lorde in the press room at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

Watch Lorde on 'South Park'… With a Mustache

“Lorde” made an appearance on last night (Oct. 1)’s episode of South Park, “Gluten Free Ebola.” We say “Lorde” in quotation marks because Trey Parker and Matt Stone didn’t quite go through the trouble of doing a convincing impression of the New Zealander.
Krewella

Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

Yesterday (Sept. 30), news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf. Trindl seeks at least $5 million in damages for allegedly kicking him out of the EDM group unfairly.
Krewella

Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

Yesterday (Sept. 30), news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf. Trindl seeks at least $5 million in damages for allegedly kicking him out of the EDM group unfairly.
 Coolio

Coolio Wishes He Collaborated With Nirvana Prior to Kurt Cobain's Suicide

What would have happened if Kurt Cobain hadn't died in 1994? Rock historians might not have vaulted Nirvana to instant classic status, but the world would have one more transcendent artist, and hey, he might still be making music with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl… and Coolio?

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