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.

South Park's 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

To celebrate over a decade and a half of genius (and, well crudely-genius) intersections with Billboard's world, we picked out the "South Park's" most memorable music moments, from gay fish denier Kanye West to J.Lo as a hand-puppet to Justin Bieber as the enemy.
Aretha Franklin performs at the 2014 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

Stream Aretha Franklin's New Album, Featuring Adele & Alicia Keys Covers

Back on Sept. 29, Aretha Franklin got music fans young and old talking via her rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on "Late Show with David Letterman." That performance previewed Aretha’s new album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics; now you listen to her belt all of those great diva classics.
Chris Brown, Billboard 2014.

Chris Brown Has a Theory on the Ebola Epidemic

Sometimes the best tweet is a tweet not sent. For Chris Brown, this is often the case. On the morning of Oct. 13 -- the same day someone first contracted the Ebola virus inside the United States -- Brown tweeted the following theory:

Watch Lorde Sing 'South Park' Lorde Parody Song 'Ya Ya Ya'

We already knew that Lorde approved of "South Park’s" parody of her, but we didn’t expect her to actually sing Randy Marsh’s poignant, stirring, “I Am Lorde” song. In a recent interview with New Zealand’s TV3 News, she did just that -- even if it was only a three-second snippet.