Chris Payne

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Chris Payne is a staff writer at Billboard.

The Alt in Our Stars Podcast featuring: Zac Farro

Zac Farro Talks New Paramore Album, Solo Project Halfnoise: Alt In Our Stars Podcast

Start with Paramore’s rise from tiny clubs to arenas, then back to tiny clubs with Halfnoise, then back to the studio with Paramore, with some time spent living in New Zealand -- welcome to the life of Zac Farro. What’s it been like working on the new Paramore music in the studio? He discussed it all on the latest episode of Billboard’s Alt In Our Stars podcast.
Matisyahu performs in 2015

Exclusive: How Matisyahu Beat a $50K Warrant to Bring Viral Street Performer to Hollywood

Last week, Matisyahu crafted a touching viral moment by singing “One Day” with a busker in a Maui coffee shop. At the time, Clint “Kekoa” Alama didn’t know he was performing a Matisyahu song alongside the real Matisyahu. He certainly does now, as the reggae-rap musician arranged to forego a $50,000 warrant to have him join his band at its Hollywood Palladium concert Friday night (Aug. 12).
Frances Bean Cobain photographed in 2016

Frances Bean Cobain Covers 'The Middle,' Courtney Love Says 'Your Father Is Very Proud'

Frances Bean Cobain has put in work in modeling and visual arts before, but here’s a glimpse into what she can do with her voice and a guitar. Yesterday (Aug. 7) she uploaded a brief Instagram video of her covering Jimmy Eat World’s pop-rock self-esteem boost “The Middle” and her mom came through with a big seal of approval.