Chris Payne

Staff writer,

Chris Payne is a staff writer at Billboard.


Sulene Premieres 'What We Had,' Blissful Bedroom Synthpop From a Globetrotting South African Guitarist

When the 26-year old, South African-born Sulene van der Walt applies for her visa, she lists music as her trade. The eyebrow-raising intrigue that comes with intruding yourself as a full-time musician is lost on United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; it’s incredibly difficult to secure this kind of visa and if you do, you’re not allowed to earn income through anything else. Enter, Sulene’s hustle.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dance at the Freedom Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump will attend a series of balls to cap his Inauguration day. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

6 Highlights From Donald Trump's 2017 Inaugural Balls

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20. Following the daytime festivities in Washington, D.C., the families of the new President and Vice President made their way to a trio of official inaugural balls around town.

Pop Star Performances at Presidential Inaugurations: A Modern Timeline From JFK to Obama to Trump

Given our new commander-in-chief’s struggle to secure noteworthy talent for his inauguration, we decided to look back at the relationship between pop stars and Presidents over the years. And although Mickey Rooney did sing for FDR back in 1941, we stuck to the modern, post-rock n’ roll era, since — let’s face it — 2017 will probably call for more filibustering than any of us can handle.
Cherry Glazerr

Get to Know L.A. Punks Cherry Glazerr & Their Overachieving Slacker Rock Album to Kick Off 2017

The music industry is prone to notoriously slow starts to as far as album releases go, but today (Jan. 20) features a few exciting rock releases to jolt us out of our new year stupor -- Vancouver rabble rousers Japandroids, goth vets AFI, and scrappy L.A. punks Cherry Glazerr, a name -- with any luck -- those outside the punk world will be hearing a lot more lately.