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.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue

Nikki Sixx Says 'Everybody Knows' Guns N' Roses Is Going On Reunion Tour

Thursday (Nov. 12), Nikki Sixx was on a 12-hour drive to Germany during Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour, so he asked his Twitter followers to hit him with some questions. One of them did some quality reporting, asking about the heavily-rumored Guns N’ Roses classic lineup reunion tour.

Santigold Calls Streaming 'F---ed Up,' Says She Might Work With Dave Chappelle

“I think there should be better [streaming] deals, honestly, and I think that there should be better deals cut where the artist actually gets some money from that,” Santigold said in a recent interview with Pitchfork. No wonder her new album (due Jan. 22, 2015) is cheekily titled "99¢."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This 'Star Wars'/'Always Sunny' Mashup Will Awaken Many Forces Inside You

By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and you’ve been able to decide if it’s bold continuation of the classic trilogy for the modern age or an unnecessary Disney cash-grab, because reboots. But whichever way you sway, you’re going to be glad someone mashed up the new trailer with an absurdly funny "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" song.