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Kanye West's new album is all about 'giving'

Plus: Community reunited with Dan Harmon; Helen Mirren downplays Dr Who buzz; rapper 2 Chainz robbed at gunpoint; Swedish producer takes on American Idol.

Kanye West performs at The Governors Ball Festival at Randalls Island Park in New York City. Walik Goshorn / Retna Ltd
Kanye West performs at The Governors Ball Festival at Randalls Island Park in New York City. Walik Goshorn / Retna Ltd

Kanye West’s new album is about ‘giving’

Kanye West says his new album is all about giving. The multiplatinum rapper held a listening for Yeezus on Monday in New York, where Beyoncé was one of the few hundred attendees. West said that his sixth effort will showcase his growth over the last two years and that he had to “learn about giving – this whole process is all about giving”. West, who turned 36 on Saturday, added: “I feel like I know who I am.” Yeezus will be out on June 18 and features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the rapper Chief Keef. – AP

Dan Harmon returns to Community

The quirky sitcom Community is bringing back its creator Dan Harmon for the fifth season. Harmon was replaced for season four after a clash with the cast member Chevy Chase, who has since left the series. In voicemails that Harmon released last year, Chase called Community a “mediocre sitcom”. The cast includes Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Alison Brie. – AP

Helen Mirren downplays Dr Who buzz

Helen Mirren has been suggested as the next star of Doctor Who, the beloved BBC sci-fi series about a space-hopping, time-travelling alien hero. Eleven actors have played the role since the show began in 1963, and a 12th is to be announced soon. This has sparked intense speculation among the show’s millions of fans, with some wondering whether the role might go to a woman for the first time. One bookmaker is offering 25-1 odds on it being Mirren. “Oh, please – I would put much longer odds on it than that,” the 67-year-old Mirren told reporters. “But I think it’s absolutely time for a female Doctor Who. I’m so sick of that man with his girl sidekick. I could name at least 10 wonderful British actresses who would absolutely kill in that role.” – AP

Rapper 2 Chainz robbed at gunpoint

The platinum-selling rapper 2 Chainz was robbed in San Francisco on Sunday hours before he was scheduled to perform at a concert. The hip-hop star, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was with five members of his entourage on Sunday afternoon when they were approached by three men, one with a handgun. Police say a shot was fired and the rapper’s mobile phone and wallet were stolen. The suspected shooter apparently got away in a sedan. The Atlanta-based rapper was in the Bay Area to stage a show that night. – AP

Swedish producer takes on American Idol

The Swedish producer Per Blankens will be taking the lead on a revamped season of American Idol after the long-time British producer Nigel Lythgoe said he was fired from the show because of falling ratings. Blankens was the executive producer of Idol, Sweden’s version of the singing competition. He will oversee the 13th season of American Idol, because of premiere in January 2014. Lythgoe tweeted over the weekend: “Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain every day. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad!” – Reuters


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