West Says ‘Thank You’ With New Book

Rapper Kanye West will make his literary debut early next year with a book titled “Thank You and You’re Welcome,” co-authored by Sakiya Sandifer. “It captures the same wit, playful irony and piercing insight found abundant in my lyrics,” West claims.

Annuals Busy With Debut For Sony Imprint

In between large bouts of touring, indie rock act Annuals has been able to carve out about a month’s worth of studio time for the follow-up to its 2006 debut, “Be He Me.”

Donovan Seeks Liftoff For Meditation University

Donovan, famous for ’60s pop hits such as “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and “Mellow Yellow,” has announced plans to open the Invincible Donovan University, where students will adhere to the principles of transcendental meditation.

Hoosiers, Leona Lewis Top U.K. Charts

London band the Hoosiers completed an outstanding few months on the U.K. sales charts yesterday (Oct. 28) as their debut album, “The Trick to Life” (RCA), debuted at the top of the new album survey. Meanwhile, former “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis made a winning start with her new single “Bleeding Love” (Syco Music/Sony BMG).

Report: Kelis Splits With Jive

Quirky R&B singer Kelis has been dropped from her Jive contract, according to a published report.

Porter Wagoner Moved To Hospice Care

Porter Wagoner, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, has been released from the hospital and moved to hospice care.

Swervedriver Aiming For Spring Relaunch

U.K. rock act Swervedriver is aiming to hit the road in the spring for its first tour in nearly a decade, frontman Adam Franklin tells Billboard.com.

Doherty Gets Four-Month Suspended Sentence

Pete Doherty was handed a suspended four-month jail sentence today (Oct. 26) for a series of drug and driving offenses.

Porter Wagoner Moved To Hospice Care

Porter Wagoner, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, has been released from the hospital and moved to hospice care.

Swervedriver Aiming For Spring Relaunch

U.K. rock act Swervedriver is aiming to hit the road in the spring for its first tour in nearly a decade, frontman Adam Franklin tells Billboard.com.

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