Chris Payne

Editorial Assistant, 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.

April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

Jokes and hijinks are baked into the spirit of rock 'n' roll, but some stars are masters of the form, pulling elaborate, hilarious pranks that reel in the unsuspecting public. As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at Billboard.com's list of the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's alter ego. We bet you won't be able to hold back laughter.
Flaming Lips Craft Companion Album to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon': Listen

Flaming Lips Craft Companion Album to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon': Listen

The Flaming Lips have provided the world with another trippy activity to perform while listening to Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." Oklahoma's greatest rock band have just shared a 43-minute opus titled "The Flaming Side of the Moon," which is meant to be played simultaneously alongside the classic Pink Floyd album.
Play Ball: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey Previews Boston Red Sox 2014 Season

Play Ball: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey Previews Boston Red Sox 2014 Season

Today (March 31) marks the opening day in the 2014 season for most of Major League Baseball's 30 teams. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of their favorite squads. We're leading off with the 2013 world champion Boston Red Sox, previewed by the hometown heroes who celebrated their triumph right along with them -- the Dropkick Murphys.
Fans cheer as Diplo performs during the Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival Security Guard Trampled, In 'Critical' Condition

28-year old security guard Erica Mack is in "extremely critical" condition at Miami's Jackson Memorial hospital after being trampled by unruly gate crashers at Ultra Music Festival last night (March 28). According to the Miami Herald, the Contemporary Services Corporation guard is suffering from severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg, in "critical, yet stable" condition.
Fans cheer as Diplo performs during the Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival Security Guard Trampled, In 'Critical' Condition (Report)

28-year old security guard Erica Mack is in "extremely critical" condition at Miami's Jackson Memorial hospital after being trampled by unruly gate crashers at Ultra Music Festival last night (March 28). According to the Miami Herald, the Contemporary Services Corporation guard is suffering from severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg, in "critical, yet stable" condition.

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