Well, it happened to Michael Jackson, it happened to Prince, now it looks like Terence Trent D’Arby’s gone wacko, too.

According to his official website, he’s changed his name to Sananda Maitreya. Here is how he puts it:

“I took the name Sananda, which I will not use professionally for awhile yet, however, my friends and fellow servants reply to me as that. It was suggested that I take the name Sananda in a series of dreams . I resisted at first, which is usually our first reaction to change; but once I surrendered, however, I noticed how very familiar it felt; now, Sananda is much closer to who I really am and Terence Trent D’Arby is the vehicle through which Sananda will let his light shine. I don’t know what Sananda means and I have not allowed myself to find out. I accepted it on faith, but I know it’s positive and I know it’s good. In conclusion, I would like to finish by saying I consider it a tremendous blessing to be on the planet Earth at the same time as all of you.”

For the record, I think the guy’s a gifted artist, and I really like a lot of his music, especially INTRODUCING THE HARDLINE… and SYMPHONY OR DAMN. And I’m sure I’ll be buying the new album, too.

But man, can’t that guy do ANYTHING original?

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