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Warner Bros. Records chairman and producer Rob Cavallo said, “To call R.E.M. one of the greatest bands in contemporary music is an understatement. They leave behind a body of work whose breadth, honesty, creativity and power has not only inspired millions of fans around the world, but also has influenced — and will continue to influence — generations of songwriters and performers for years to come.”

Warner Bros. is releasing the greatest hits retrospective in November.

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Associated Press writer Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.