Islam Returns To Acknowledge Cat Stevens' 40th Anniversary
The artist formerly known as CAT STEVENS is timing his longawaited musical comeback to tie in with the 40th anniversary of his first release. The Muslim convert, now known as YUSUF ISLAM, has signed a new deal with Atlantic Records and will release his first pop music album in 28 years in November (06). The WILD WORLD hitmaker turned his back on music and became a devout Muslim scholar in 1978 after almost drowning off the California coast. He has since become one of the world's leading humanitarians, but his charity work with Islamic groups landed him in trouble in 2004 when he was prevented from entering America for a business meeting after his name showed up on a list of potential security threats. The humiliated star returned to Britain and blasted US officials over the incident. He is hoping he'll have an easier time travelling to America when he joins the DALAI LAMA and a dozen Nobel peace laureates at the upcoming PeaceJam 10th Anniversary Youth Conference in Colorado later this month (SEP06). Of his return to pop music, the 2004 Nobel Man for Peace says, "I feel right about making music and singing about life in this fragile world again. It is important for me to be able to help bridge the cultural gaps others are sometimes frightened to cross."