After thirty one years of working together and putting out fifteen studio albums including one this year the alternative rock group REM decides to call it quits. There is no reason yet as to why they broke up but this was posted on their website
To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. 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.
Lead singer Michael Stipe posted on his own personal Tumblr: THANKS PETER, MIKE, BILL, BERTIS AND EVERYONE WHO WAS EVER THERE, WHAT AN ADVENTURE!!! XXX MICHAEL.”