What's in a changed celebrity name?

With the news that rapper Dante Smith is to ditch his Mos Def alias and call himself Yasiin from next year, we give you five other artists who have changed their monikers.

Take Five... Jamie Foxx

Lie back and consider the name Jamie Foxx. Cool. Smooth. Suave. A real man's man, yeah? It's a name that just screams actor/singer/all-round entertainer. Now do the same for Eric Bishop. You'd probably change it, too.

Take Four... Prince

In an attempt to "emancipate" himself from the shackles of Warner Bros, Prince famously changed his name to what he called the "Love Symbol" but what everyone else referred to as the squiggle that looked a bit like a cross between a traffic sign and a sailor tattoo.

Take Three... David Bowie

The chances of The Thin White Duke being confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees are pretty slim, but back then it was enough for him to make the Jones to Bowie switch. Bowie came from Jim Bowie, an American frontiersman who died at the Alamo.

Take Two... Fatboy Slim

Norman Cook doesn't sound like the sort of person you'd find bopping behind the decks, which is no doubt why he went for Fatboy Slim rather than DJ Norm. But, bizarrely, he was originally called Quentin, which asks the question, why Norman?

Take One... Michael J Fox

If you think you know what the J stands for, you're wrong - it doesn't stand for anything! The time-travelling teenager was originally Michael A Fox (A for Andrew), but put in the J because there was already a Michael Fox registered with the Screen Actors Guild, and (probably) because he didn't want people thinking he was actually a woodland animal.

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FA Cup quarter-final draw

The matches will be played across the weekend of 21 and 22 March

Sheffield United v Arsenal

Newcastle v Manchester City

Norwich v Derby/Manchester United

Leicester City v Chelsea

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

TV: World Cup Qualifier 2018 matches will be aired on on OSN Sports HD Cricket channel

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