Chris Payne

Correspondent, 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.

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Watch U2 Revisit Its Irish Punk Past in 'Every Breaking Wave' Short Film

U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project to bring two "Songs of Innocence" tracks to life via a 14-minute longform music video. The 13-minute piece is set amongst the conflict and violence of 1980s Northern Ireland.
Jimmy Buffett performs as a special guest of Allen Toussaint during the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Jimmy Buffett Adds Dates to 2015 Workin' n' Playin' Tour

Parrotheads can rejoice, as Jimmy Buffett has announced summer 2015 tour dates. Buffett and his band the Coral Reefers just dropped a handful of U.S. concerts for the warm weather months.
Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Reasons Imagine Dragons Aren't Your Typical Rock Stars

Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Reasons Imagine Dragons Aren't Your Typical Rock Stars

Chart success, with an awful lot of synch love (like last week’s unprecedented, four-minute Target sponsored Grammy ad) isn’t the only reason Imagine Dragons isn’t your typical rock band. They may call Las Vegas home, but aside from some occasional naked gallivanting (more on that below), they’re not exactly leaving death and destruction in their path.

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