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.

5 Seconds of Summer on the Today show

5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

5 Seconds of Summer wants you to know it's a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe (you know, no one in the JoBros actually drummed).
Karen O

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O's Chilling Video for Solo Single 'Rapt'

When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced plans for her first solo record June 25, she curiously didn't share any new music. Well, here it is -- a two-minute lo-fi acoustic dirge called "Rapt" that certainly coincides with Karen's promise for a breakup album.
Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a string of major label albums during the 1990s (who also had a basketball career on the side) hit up Williams with a freestyle to help win him over.

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