Chris Willman is a features editor at Variety and covers music as a critic and reporter. He was previously Entertainment Weekly’s chief music critic and enjoyed long tenures with the Los Angeles Times, Billboard and TV Guide, where he somehow logged more than 15 cover stories just on the “NCIS” franchise alone. He is the author of “Rednecks & Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music,” cited by Stephen King as one of the three best music books of all time. Kanye West, meanwhile, once blogged: “Chris Willman, kill yourself!” Other accolades include wins at the SoCal Journalism Awards and Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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