News on Janet Jackson, Martin Gilks, Clapton

Janet Jackson's new studio album has been given the tentative title "20 Years Old," an apparent reference to the 20-year-anniversary of her 1986 smash album "Control." As previously reported, the set is being produced by Jackson's boyfriend, Virgin Urban president Jermaine Dupri, as well as longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

Dupri told Billboard a single could arrive as early as May, with the album to follow in late September. "20 Years Old" will be the follow-up to 2004's "Damita Jo," which was released amidst the aftermath of Jackson's controversial Super Bowl appearance. The set debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 985,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Wonder Stuff drummer Martin Gilks died yesterday (April 3) in London after injuries sustained a day earlier in a motorcycle accident. He was 41. Gilks was not a member of the latest incarnation of the Wonder Stuff, who thrived in the early 1990s but disbanded in 1994. Original members Miles Hunt and Malc Trease now tour under the Wonder Stuff name with a new lineup.

In recent years, Gilks worked with his brother Tank for the U.K.-based Furtive Management, overseeing such acts as Reef, A and Hundred Reasons. He is survived by two children.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Eric Clapton will finish his upcoming European tour with a concert in Moscow's Red Square. The Aug. 3 show, also featuring a set by the Robert Cray Band, will mark the end of a trek that begins May 5 in Le Cannet, France, and will visit 14 countries.

Once host to Soviet-era military parades, Red Square has in recent years featured performances by Paul McCartney, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as a day of music during last year's Live 8 global concert that was headlined by the Pet Shop Boys.

Tickets for Clapton's show will go on sale soon via the Web sites Kontramarka.ru, Parter.ru, Concert.ru and Biletmarket.ru.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.