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.

Simon Cowell Defends One Direction After Weed Smoking Video

Simon Cowell Defends One Direction After Weed Smoking Video

Last week, a video of One Direction's Zayn Malik smoking marijuana with bandmate Louis Tomlinson surfaced, sparking quite the outrage, and causing some fans to even burn their 1D tickets. But according to One Direction's mentor, Simon Cowell, there's nothing to be worried about.
Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley Mocks Westboro Baptist Church With Selfie (Video)

Brad Paisley has won some cool points back since "Accidental Racist." The "Rising Star" judge got word that the infamous Westboro Baptist Church would be picketing his Kansas City concert last Sunday, so Paisley decided to have some fun at their expense.
Lorde, Coachella 2014

Lorde Announces North American Fall Tour Dates

Recent Billboard Music Awards star Lorde continues a massive 2014 with a new string of North American tour dates this fall. Beginning Sept. 5 at Philadelphia's Mann Center, Lorde will tour the northeast, then the south, before heading out west by the start of October.
PSY, Snoop Dogg to Debut 'Hangover' June 8

PSY, Snoop Dogg to Debut 'Hangover' June 8

Just after his video for "Gangnam Style" surpassed the two billion views mark, Psy has announced rollout plans for a brand new single featuring none other than Snoop Dogg.

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