Legendary American alternative rock band R.E.M have split after 31 years together. The announcement was made on the band’s website. Lead vocalist Michael Stipe said “it wasn’t an easy decision”.”All things must end, and we wanted to it the right way, our way.” They released 15 studio albums. Many artists have paid tribute to band on twitter. Strokes front man Julian Casablancas left avideo tribute on his website. BBC radio DJ Zane Lowe also remarked on the influence the band had on others. “REM never dumbed down. Look at the bands they influenced.. The Smiths, Radiohead, Nirvana and so on. And they end with dignity. Most won’t.” The band will release a compilation album titled ‘Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011’.