2000 - Yusuf Islam, born Stephen Georgiou and formerly known by his stage name Cat Stevens denies that he has in the past supported militant Islamic group Hamas. Islam was denied entry into Israel because he allegedly gave money to Hamas during his last visit to the country in 1998.
The latest and seemingly umpteenth Willie Nelson live album is the soundtrack from the recent USA Network special, recorded in April at New York's Beacon Theatre, which commemorated Nelson's 70th birthday.
The fact that this is such a calculated project, one obviously designed to tap into the fan base of crossover tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli, wouldn't necessarily have doomed it to disposable kitsch status.
John Mayer will issue his sophomore studio album, "Heavier Things," Sept. 9 through Aware/Columbia. The set will be preceded by the single "Bigger Than My Body," due to arrive at U.S. radio outlets in early August, with a video to follow shortly after.