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.

Sleater-Kinney, 2005.

The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: 2015's Most Anticipated Albums

For the first episode of the new year, host Chris Payne chats with Billboard magazine correspondent Harley Brown and rock charts manager Emily White about new music to be excited for in 2015 -- Sleater-Kinney, Grimes, Fall Out Boy, and more.
M.I.A. performs during the Sasquatch! Music Festival

M.I.A. Not Happy She's In Diplo's New Video

Diplo shared a 20-minute documentary video titled 'F10RIDA.' It's a retrospective that focuses on the early stages of his career, especially assembling its namesake 2004 album. But M.I.A. -- Diplo's former collaborator and girlfriend -- revealed via Twitter that she's not happy about appearing in the clip.