Michael Jackson, Oasis, Blur, Rihanna, RATM – NME.COM's biggest stories of 2009

Find out what news you've been reading the most this year

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With 2009 nearly finished, it's time to look back at a busy and eventful year in music.

Below are the ten most popular music news stories on NME.COM this year, and you can also review our albums and tracks of the year too.

Plus with the decade coming to an end, we also looked back as the decade as a whole came to an end we have the 100 greatest albums and 100 greatest tracks of the 2000s online too.

Here now though is the top ten below of the stories from NME.COM that you've been reading the most this year:

1. News of Michael Jackson death breaksjust as Glastonbury gets underway
2. Pictures of a beaten Rihanna emerge online following an incident with then boyfriend Chris Brown after the Grammys
3. Noel Gallagher quits Oasis after a interband scrap backstage in Paris
4. Eminem announces his new album plans
5. Oasis' first night at Manchester's Heaton Park is interrupted by a power failure
6. The line-up for the 2009 Glastonbury festival, including headliners Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Blur, is officially announced
7. Rage Against The Machine beat 'X Factor''s Joe McElderry to the Christmas Number One spot following a fan-led, Facebook campaign
8. Muse confirm their the release of new album 'The Resistance'
9. Blur round their London Hyde Park reformation shows in dramatic fashion.
10. At the climax of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009, The Cure are proclaimed Godlike Geniuses by Hollywood director Tim Burton

See how 2009 compared with last year by reading 2008's top ten music news stories now.

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