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Daily Top 5 News Countdown: Conor Oberst Denies Rape Allegations + More

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Rock ‘n’ roll, like politics, is now subject to the dreaded 24-hour news cycle. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to keep abreast of the day’s myriad music tidbits. But fear not: In order to keep you connected to the music that matters most, we’ve collected today’s top 5 items and ranked them in terms of newsworthiness. Scroll down to see our picks.

Lily Allen
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Lily Allen Said No to £61 Million Gig

She’d have been paid in Bitcoins, which are now quite valuable



Don’t beat yourself up too bad, Lily. “Digital currency” still strikes us as a scam… [Contact Music]


Ray Manzarek


BBC Airing One of Ray Manzarek’s Final Interviews

Doors keyboardist spoke to the U.K. station before his death in May 2013



The Manzarek footage appears in ‘Born To Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock,’ which also features Tom Petty, Alice Cooper and John Densmore. [NME]




SXSW Announces Tons More Bands

Pretty much everyone you’ve ever heard of is headed to Austin



Wouldn’t it be easier to list the bands that aren’t playing SXSW? [Stereogum]




Kanye West Extends Yeezus Tour

Ye ain’t done spreading the megalomaniacal weirdness



February just got awesome. Happy Valentine’s Day, Baltimore!  [Pitchfork]


Conor Oberst
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Conor Oberst Denies Rape Allegations

Bright Eyes main man is consulting with a libel attorney


You’re just gonna have to run back the interviews and shit if you wanna hear some realness.”
Internet allegations Oberst raped a young fan a decade ago are “absolutely, unequivocally false,” according to an official statement. “Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of such crimes of sexual violence,” his lawyers add. “The behavior attributed to him by this individual is in direct opposition to his principles.” [Consequence of Sound]

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