Music, like politics, is now subject to the dreaded 24-hour news cycle, and as such, it's damn near impossible to keep abreast of the day's myriad rock 'n' roll tidbits. But fear not: In the spirit of simplification and efficiency, we've collected the top 5 items and ranked them in terms of newsworthiness. Scroll down to see our picks.

  • 5

    Sharon Jones Playing Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

    Come for the balloons, stay for the retro-soul

    Following her treatment for cancer, the soul diva and her Dap-Kings are back in action, and that's certainly reason to be thankful. [Brooklyn Vegan]

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    James Murphy's Remix of David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost' Gets Second Video

    And this one's not safe for work!

    Director Barnaby Jones makes shapes turn into naked people. Where was this guy when we were in 9th grade geometry class? [Stereogum]

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  • 3

    Eminem's Latest Second-Biggest Seller of 2013

    Only Timberlake has moved more units this year

    Expect lyrics about JT tied up in a trunk on Em's next album... [Contact Music]

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  • 2

    Lily Allen Says 'Hard Out Here' Video Ain't Racist

    Critics say hip-hop spoofing went too far
    "The message is clear," she says. "Whilst I don’t want to offend anyone. I do strive to provoke thought and conversation." Mission accomplished! [NME]
  • 1

    U2's New Album Due In April

    Irish rockers plan to announce LP at Super Bowl

    With Danger Mouse back at the helm, this little-known foursome may have another corker in 'em. [Consequence of Sound]

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