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News: Yusuf / Cat Stevens Returns With New Album ‘Tell ‘Em I Gone’

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Iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens today announced that his new studio album ‘Tell ‘Em I Gone’ – his first in five years – will be released on 27th October in the UK and on 31st October in Australia.

Yusuf Cat Stevens Peace Train Late AgainRecorded across the globe, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five original tracks and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ’Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusuf and Paul Samwell-Smith.

Click here to watch the worldwide premiere of “Dying To Live,” the first single from ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’.

Today also sees the announcement that Yusuf will perform a one off UK date at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Tuesday 4th November 2014. The show marks his first return to the country in five years. Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday 19th September priced from £45.

The show, which is part of the European leg of his ‘Peace Train… Late Again’ tour, will give fans the chance to hear his remarkable catalogue – including tracks such as “moonshadow,” “Father and Son,” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest” – live for the first time in years, as well as brand new songs.

Having first found fame as a teenage heartthrob singer in 1960s England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions such as “Wild World,” “Moonshadow,” and “Father and Son” remain staples of the folk genre to this day. Following a conversion to the Islamic faith in 1977, Stevens retired from the music business to work with and support causes in education and humanitarian relief. In 2006 Yusuf returned to pop music with the album An Other Cup, and in March of this year, Yusuf was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.