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Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, David Bowie Top Pop Moments Poll

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Veteran stars including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie have proved they are still top of the pops by leading a poll of the biggest music moments of 2013.

The Brown Sugar hitmakers’ headlining set at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival in June — their first ever appearance at the event — came first in the U.K. survey.

The death of Lou Reed in October was voted second, and Bowie’s surprise release of a new album in March has come third. The top five was rounded out by British pop stars McFly and Busted forming supergroup McBusted, and Adele scooping an Academy Award for her Skyfall theme.

Miley Cyrus’ headline-grabbing twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards in August just scraped into the top 10 at number seven, and British boyband JLS’ split announcement only managed ninth place in the survey for free music streaming service Blinkboxmusic.com.

Hit boyband One Direction only managed one entry – their movie One Direction: This Is Us came in at a lowly number 20.

Blinkbox boss Rowan Adams says, “Whilst most Brits think it hasn’t been a golden year for pop, the same can’t be said for seasoned pros the Rolling Stones, who claim the biggest music moment of 2013. The question is, will we be talking about One Direction’s Glastonbury show in 50 years’ time?”

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Rock legend, Lou Reed Dies at 71

Lou Reed, who took rock ‘n’ roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71.

“It is now officially confirmed that Lou Reed did pass away several hours ago,” said Peter Noble.

Noble didn’t disclose details of Reed’s death.

Reed was a rock pioneer who went from record label songwriter to a member of a short-lived, but innovative and influential band.

“Lou Reed’s influence is one that there are really only a tiny handful of other figures who you can compare to him,” said Simon Vozick-Levinson, a senior editor at Rolling Stone, which first reported Reed’s death.

Rocker Lou Reed Inspires Spider Name

A newly-discovered genus of spider has been named after rocker Lou Reed.

An international group of biologists recently stumbled across the never-before-seen velvet spiders, which live underground, and decided to use the former Velvet Underground frontman as inspiration when coming up with a name.

According to Sci-News.com, the arachnid, now called Loureedia annulipes, lives in Israel.

Reed now joins a select group of celebrities who have had spiders named in their honor – among them, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.