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R.E.M., Kanye, Daft Punk, Decemberists! Today was the busiest day of 2010!

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    bono south park R.E.M., Kanye, Daft Punk, Decemberists! Today was the busiest day of 2010!

    Unless you were sitting by your computer for the entire day, you missed something. It’s just fact. We would equate today’s barrage of music news headlines as similar to when Bonnaroo decided to unveil one act off its 2010 lineup… every…. five…. minutes… via…. MySpace. One after another, today’s news stories rolled in, and for as much as they totaled in quantity they were also equally thrilling in quality. New music from R.E.M., Kanye West, and The Decemberists? A Bruce Springsteen webcast? Lineup news for the Ultra and Coachella music festivals? Our minds are blown just as much as Bono’s. Needless to say, a recap is in order.

    R.E.M. shared Collapse Into Now’s release date (3/8/11), album artwork, and lead track, “Discoverer”, which you can download for the price of an email address.

    — On the same day in which he was named our Artist of the Year, Kanye West released a Christmas song. Even better, the finished product is still to come.

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    — For the first time ever, Daft Punk have a Top 10 album. Too bad it’s for Tron: Legacy (jkkkk).

    Bruce Springsteen is streaming a 30-minute mini concert online. As you’d expect, it’s a must-watch.

    The Decemberists’ cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy” has hit the web.

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    — Damon Albarn revealed the title of the Gorillaz‘s new album. You know, the one made on an iPad that’s being released for free on Christmas.

    Ultra Music Festival released phase 1 of its 2011 lineup and it’s pretty impressive. Among those confirmed include The Chemical Brothers, Tiësto, deadmau5, Chromeo, Empire of the Sun, Klaxons, and Erasure!

    — Ireland’s Oxegen festival also released a portion of its 2011 lineup. Foo Fighters, Blink-182, and Arctic Monkeys are headlining.

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    Beck will produce and play on Thurston Moore‘s forthcoming solo album. We’re guessing Rosie O’Donnell is happy.

    — Mexico City rock band Caifanes is reuniting for Coachella 2011. In related news, the Coachella rumor mill is in full swing.

    — Gossip’s Beth Ditto and Simian Mobile Disco are teaming up for an EP.

    Trent Reznor sat down with PBS’ Tavis Smiley to discuss his Golden Globe-nominated score for the Social Network.

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    Joanna Newsom played “On a Good Day” for Letterman, while Broken Bells offered “The Ghost Inside” on Conan.

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