REM announce they are to split

Legendary US rock band REM have announced they are splitting up after 31 years.

"We have decided to call it a day as a band," the group said in a statement. "To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."

The group found fame with a string of hit albums, notably multi million-selling 90s records Out of Time and Automatic for the People.

Losing My Religion music video courtesy of Warner Bros.

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