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.

Metallica photographed in 1986

What Is the Greatest Metallica Album? Vote!

These days, new tunes and the classics are very much a part of the Metallica discussion. We want to hear from you -- what’s the best Metallica album?

New Metallica Is Here: Watch Video for 'Hardwired' & Get New Album Details

Seven years and countless new music teases since their last studio album, Metallica has finally delivered on its intent to share new music in 2016. The long-awaited LP is called Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and it’s due Nov. 18 via Blackened Recordings, the band’s own imprint, distributed through Universal.
Iggy Pop performs in Los Angeles

Iggy Pop-Narrated Stooges Book 'Total Chaos' Due Nov. 17

It’s called "Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop," and it hypes itself as “the first time the story of this seminal band [has been] told entirely in Pop's own words.” It’s due out Nov. 17 via Third Man, the vinyl-obsessed record label headed by Jack White.
James Woolley with Nine Inch Nails.

Former Nine Inch Nails Keyboardist James Woolley Dies at 50

James Woolley, who played keyboards for Nine Inch Nails during their early 90s heyday, passed away last weekend at the age of 50. Woolley’s ex-wife, Kate Van Buren, shared the news on Tuesday with a touching Facebook post, reflecting on meeting him while NIN was recording its landmark 1991 album, "The Downward Spiral."