Chris Payne


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.

Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, 2014 Emmy Awards.

Hear Maroon 5's Gwen Stefani Collaboration 'My Heart Is Open'

Back in July, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told Billboard his band was collaborating with Gwen Stefani for their new album, V. Well, that track, "My Heart Is Open," has finally surfaced, and it's an emotional piano ballad clearly crafted for Adult Contemporary radio domination.
Weezer at Firefly 2014

Who Should Play Rivers Cuomo on Weezer TV Show?

Weezer already has a cruise to its name, so at this point, a TV show should be a no-brainer, right? With the band’s new studio album approaching ("Everything Will Be Alright in the End" is due Oct. 7) fans will also be treated to a Rivers Cuomo-inspired comedy series.
Robbie Hummel, 2012.

The Brief Rap Career of NBA Player Robbie Hummel

Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Robbie Hummel isn’t exactly a household name for his NBA career (yet!) but what about his hip-hop career? On Aug. 27, Hummel sent out a few tweets to hype what was apparently a burgeoning hip-hop career.