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Islam: 'My Son Instigated My Return To Music'


Yusuf Islam Father and Son

The artist formerly known as CAT STEVENS credits his son with reviving his musical career when he left a guitar lying around the family home.
Muslim convert Yusuf Islam retired from music in 1978 to devote his life to religion, but he released his first album in 28 years last month (NOV06) after writing new songs on his son's guitar.
Shortly after his conversion, Islam got rid of all of his musical instruments because he was instructed music contravened his faith.
He recalls, "There's a nice irony because I wrote a song called Father and Son about the son running off to do his own thing. Now the story is about my son coming back and bringing a guitar into the house.
"A couple of years ago, one morning after prayers, his guitar was lying around. I picked it up and my fingers knew exactly where to go. I'd written some words and when I put them to music, it moved me and I realised I could have another job to do. Things just grew from there."

Cat Stevens Still Fears 'Journalistic Malice'


Yusuf Islam Salman Rushdie Father and Son

The artist formerly known as CAT STEVENS is so wary of the press he records every interview he conducts for fear of being misquoted.
Muslim convert Yusuf Islam, who devoted his life to the religion in 1978, successfully sued British newspapers The Sun and The Sunday Times for libel in October 2004, after he was named on a 'no-fly' list and denied entry into the US in September (04).
Islam also caused controversy in the late 1980s when he was misinterpreted by journalists who reported he favoured a call for the death of THE SATANIC VERSES author Salman Rushdie.
The Father and Son star says, "I had a few occasions when I had a brush with the press and it was very harsh, very hostile to my conversion.
"I can't help but think that somewhere along the line there's somebody who has a position, and perhaps something to guard and protect, that stops people from knowing about Islam."

Keating To Play Islam In Movie


Ronan Keating Father and Son Yusuf Islam Boyzone

Irish singer Ronan Keating's fledging quest to launch a successful movie career has been dealt a major boost - courtesy of his Father and Son collaborator Yusuf Islam.

Muslim convert Islam - formerly CAT STEVENS - teamed up with Keating to cover his 1970 track last year (04) and has since formed a strong friendship with the ex-Boyzone hunk.

Having experienced fame once again after years out of the limelight, Islam is now eagerly working on a big screen musical of his life story - and he wants Keating to play him.

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Band Aid Rules British Christmas Charts


Band Aid Coldplay Robbie Williams Dido Bono The Darkness Steve Brookstein Phil Collins Ronan Keating Yusuf Islam Father and Son Kylie Minogue Lemar

Band Aid 20's reworking of hit charity single DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS is the British Christmas number one - after spending four weeks ruling the airwaves.

Top stars including Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Dido, Bono and The Darkness contributed to the cover of the 1984 hit, to raise money for victims of the civil unrest in the Darfur region of Sudan.

On Sunday (26DEC04) the song topped the charts for a fourth week, while THE X FACTOR TV talent show winner Steve Brookstein was the highest new entry with his cover of Phil Collins' track AGAINST ALL ODDS.

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Band Aid 20 Single Is Uk's Christmas Number One


Band Aid Robbie Williams Dido Father and Son Ronan Keating Yusuf Islam Kylie Minogue Leigh Francis

Band Aid 20's charity single DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? has claimed Britain's Christmas number one slot after topping the UK singles chart for a third week.

The track - featuring stars including Robbie Williams, Dido and BONO - has sold more than 600,000 copies in just three weeks, knocking its festive rival Father and Son, by Irish hunk Ronan Keating and Yusuf Islam, to number two.

The track was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1984 original, which sold 3.5 million copies, while this year's (04) version is expected to sell one million copies, which would raise almost $6 million (GBP3 million) for charity projects in Africa.

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Keating And Stevens To Donate Single Proceeds To Band Aid


Ronan Keating Yusuf Islam Father and Son Band Aid

Irish pop star Ronan Keating and singer CAT STEVENS are donating all the proceeds from their new single together to the Band Aid Trust.

Former BOYZONE star Keating and Muslim convert Stevens, who now goes by the name of Yusuf Islam, have teamed up to record a duet of Stevens' classic Father and Son.

The track is released in Britain on Monday (13DEC04) and although it's unlikely to knock BAND AID 20's DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? off the UK top spot, Keating is prepared to settle for second best.

Continue reading: Keating And Stevens To Donate Single Proceeds To Band Aid

Stevens Returns To Music


Yusuf Islam Father and Son Ronan Keating The Sun

Yusuf Islam will return as CAT STEVENS in a quest to land the British number one single this Christmas (04) - by covering his classic Father and Son tune with Irish hunk Ronan Keating.

The converted Muslim hit newspaper headlines on Tuesday (21SEP04) when the Washington-bound flight from London he was travelling on was diverted by officials, who spotted his name on a US security 'watch list'.

But Islam, who abandoned a successful music career in 1977 after deciding to devote his life to religion, has given upset fans a reason to smile again following the plane incident - he plans to rocket up the UK singles charts once more.

Continue reading: Stevens Returns To Music

Boyzone Stars Heal Rift


Stephen Gately Father and Son Ronan Keating Keith Duffy Coronation Street

Ex-BOYZONE star Stephen Gately has spoke candidly about the rift that developed between the boyband members following their split.

Gately, now appearing on the West End stage in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, admits the Father and Son group fell out dramatically - especially with lead singer Ronan Keating.

Stephen says, "It was true we weren't speaking.

Continue reading: Boyzone Stars Heal Rift

Duffy And Keating: Friends Again


Boyzone Keith Duffy Ronan Keating Father and Son

Former Boyzone hunks Keith Duffy and Ronan Keating have put an end to their bitter feud - after meeting in an Irish pub.

The Father and Son hitmakers recently stumbled into each other in a crowded Dublin bar, and Duffy - who has publicly slated Keating since the group's demise - used the unexpected opportunity to apologise to his former bandmate.

An onlooker says, "Keith has said some horrible things about Ronan since the band split.

Continue reading: Duffy And Keating: Friends Again

Flaming Lips Settle With Cat Stevens Over Copyright


Flaming Lips Father and Son

American rockers THE Flaming Lips have settled out of court with legendary singer CAT STEVENS - over similarities between their track FIGHT TEST and his classic Father and Son.

Cat - now known as YUSUF ISLAM - had the likeness brought to his attention after British RADIO 2 presenter JANICE LONG played the two songs back to back.

A statement on Cat's website reads, "Royalties over the single FIGHT TEST will now be divided between both parties according to the agreed settlement."

Continue reading: Flaming Lips Settle With Cat Stevens Over Copyright

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