Rap star Kanye West has already made his New Year’s resolution – to be more pleasant to paparazzi photographers in 2009.

The announcement follows the American’s clash with photographers in recent months – the latest involving UK freelance photographer Terry Blackburn outside a Newcastle nightclub on 14 November.

Police arrested West on suspicion of assault but he was later released without charge.

The rapper then used his website blog to launch an attack on the paparazzi in general.

‘Let us not forget that paps killed Princess Diana,’ West wrote. ‘When will there be a law passed that simply enforces that someone has to ask to take a photograph of you?

West has since told celebrity website TMZ.com: ‘I love you guys. That’s my New Year’s resolution. Me and the paparazzi.’