Music, like politics, is now subject to the 24-hour news cycle. As a result, 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 today's top 5 items and ranked them in terms of newsworthiness. Scroll down to see our picks.

  • 5

    Beastie Boys Nearly Made Movie With Spike Jonze

    Project was shelved post-development

    The film, titled 'We Can Do This,' was to have featured one of the characters from Spike's 'Sabotage' video. How was this not greenlit? [Consequence of Sound]

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  • 4

    Drake Hosting SNL on Jan. 18

    Drizzy will pull double-duty on the show's first episode of 2014

    Here's hoping he's Miley Cyrus good. [Contact Music]

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  • 3

    Pearl Jam Manager Admits to Stealing From Group

    Dude swiped $380K over four years

    They shoulda found a "better man" to handle their finances, eh? [NME]

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  • 2

    Gnarls Barkley Reuniting

    Cee Lo confirms the good news in a TMZ interview

    Word is they may reform alongside Outkast at Coachella. Just don't play 'The Voice,' OK, guys? [Stereogum]

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  • 1

    Freed Pussy Riot Members Still Blasting Putin

    Newly released art-punks call amnesty a "publicity stunt" by Russian president

    Yeah, Putin is probably just trying to make himself look good before the Olympics, but we prefer to think he's got the holiday spirit. [Brooklyn Vegan]

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