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REM split

Legendary indie rock band REM have announced that they are to split after 31 years together, drawing a line under one of the most acclaimed and successful acts in the history of popular music.

The band decided to call it a day after they finished their greatest hits retrospective, which comes after their last recorded album, this year's Collapse Into Now. The band thought that it was the natural time to end their professional relationship, and to sink into rock dotage, where they will no doubt rake in the cash from sales of their classic albums like 'Murmur' and 'Automatic For The People', as well as their greatest hits.

'To all our fans and friends: as REM, and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band,' read a joint band statement. 'We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.'

'A wise man once said: 'The skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave,' said frontman Michael Stipe. 'We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it. I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way. We have to thank all the people who helped us be REM for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this thing. It’s been amazing.'

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