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

  • 5

    Lily Allen Blasts Pop Peers

    U.K. spitfire calls modern musicians "botoxed idiots"

    Allen also tells Esquire she misses the Britpop days, when rockers took lots of drugs and engaged in casual sex. Us too, love. [NME]

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  • 4

    Brian May Faces Cancer Scare

    Queen guitarist has been undergoing testing throughout the holidays

    The virtuoso shredder and sometime astrophysicist is "cautiously optimistic" going into his final scan, since previous ones have luckily "eliminated a lot of nasty things." [Contact Music]

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  • 3

    Stevie Nicks Officiates Deer Tick Singer's Wedding

    John McCauley and bride Vanessa Carlton snag legend for ceremony

    Think they paid extra for the 'Landslide' package? [Stereogum]

    Paul Brasil
  • 2

    Ani DiFranco Cancels Retreat at Former Slave Plantation

    Decision follows outcry from critics angered by the location

    Even though she's abandoning Louisiana's Nottoway Plantation, the outspoken singer-songwriter ain't exactly apologizing. Further, she hopes Americans will "continue to confront our country's history together." [Rolling Stone]

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  • 1

    Courtney Love Teases Hole Reunion

    Love posted a photo of herself with guitarist Eric Erlandson