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

    David Bowie Imitates Elvis In BBC Xmas Greeting

    Rocker says the holidays help him remember his "British-ness"
  • 4

    Jarvis Cocker Taking Breather From BBC Show

    Pulp frontman stepping away for a year to recharge batteries

    When Cocker comes back, he'll preside over a "stronger and more vigorous" version of his show, 'Sunday Service.' In the meantime, we weep. [Rolling Stone]

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  • 3

    Kanye West Gets Text Book Treatment

    Get ready for 'The Cultural Impact of Kanye West'

    Contributors "consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them." Parents of college students, meanwhile, consider the possibility they're wasting their money... [Consequence of Sound]

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  • 2

    Beck Embroiled In Property Dispute

    Damage at rented mansion the source of many headaches

    Did the rap-folk funkmeister mess up director Til Schweiger's Malibu pad, or was it wrecked when he got there? Stay tuned. [Pitchfork]

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  • 1

    Kanye West Won't 'Talk S---' for Six Months

    We give him three, tops.
    You're just gonna have to run back the interviews and shit if you wanna hear some realness."
    "You're just gonna have to run back the interviews and s--- if you wanna hear some realness," Ye says. To the archives! [NME]
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