News Of R.E.M.'s Split, As Sung By NPR's Robert Smith By Bob Beck • Sep 21, 2011 TweetShareGoogle+Email The singer Michael Stipe of the US rock group R.E.M. performs on July of 2003. Marcus Brandt / AFP/Getty Images We already delivered the news earlier, but NPR's Robert Smith just delivered it in a more lyrical manner for our Newscast unit. There's not much more we can add. You just have to listen:Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.