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

    Q-Tip and Busta Rhmes Drop Free Mix Tape

    Here we go, yo -- that's the scenario

    Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Missy Elliott and a bunch of other guests make this one totally worth the money. [Brooklyn Vegan]

  • 4

    U2, Coldplay Nab Golden Globe Nominations

    It's master vs. apprentice at the Hollywood soiree

    Maybe they'll cancel each other out and Justin Timberlake will win? [Stereogum]

    Mike Coppola / Brendon Thorne, Getty Images
  • 3

    Beatles Getting Lifetime Achievement Grammy

    Finally, some recognition for these lads

    We'd have waited a bit longer, just to be sure of the band's staying power, but those Grammy folks are c-r-a-z-y! [Contact Music]

    Ron Case, Hulton Archive
  • 2

    Black Lips Announce New Album

    And they got some help from a Black Key

    Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney produced 'Underneath the Rainbow,' a Southern Rock-inspired record from the Atlanta garage greats. [Consequence of Sound]

    Noel Vasquez, Getty Images
  • 1

    The xx Announce NYC Residency

    U.K. heroes doing 25 shows in 10 days at Park Ave. Armory

    Each audience will be limited to 40 people, so indie's most intimate-sounding band is finally getting the setup it deserves. [Consequence of Sound]

    The xx