Andrew W.K.'s Identity Confusion, Roland S. Howard's Passing and Eddie Vedder's Legal Woes Lead This Week's News Round-Up

Andrew W.K.'s Identity Confusion, Roland S. Howard's Passing and Eddie Vedder's Legal Woes Lead This Week's News Round-Up
Well, the new year is finally here, as is a whole new decade. Of course, we have a strong desire to wipe the slate clean and start things off fresh. But just in case you've been too busy to keep up to date on things, we thought it best to break out Exclaim!'s News Round-Up, our weekly recap on the week's top stories.

First up, there's once again a whole lot of confusion over Andrew W.K.'s true identity, thanks to the party rocker seemingly admitting that he's not the original W.K. He made the confession during a recent lecture in the UK, adding that the W.K. character was developed by a committee "in the spirit of commerce."

Meanwhile, the end of the year was met with its fair share of deaths. Birthday Party guitarist Roland S. Howard lost his battle with cancer, Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy Sullivan died at 28 and much-loved singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt passed away, with friends such as Michael Stipe, Patti Smith and Jeff Mangum this week remembering their fallen friend.

To wrap things up, we also found out Thom Yorke is composing some music for a new documentary about Tibet and Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder is getting sued over his Into the Wild soundtrack.

All right, that's it 2009. Time to move over for 2010.