Billboard Bits: Janet Jackson, Touch & Go, John Mayhew
News on Janet Jackson, Touch & Go, John MayhewJanet Jackson's new studio album, "20 Years Old," will arrive Sept. 26 via Virgin. First single "Call on Me," which features rapper Nelly, will hit U.S. radio outlets June 19. As previously reported, the set was produced by Jackson's boyfriend, Virgin Urban president Jermaine Dupri, as well as longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
"20 Years Old," which is an apparent reference to the 20-year-anniversary of Jackson's 1986 smash album "Control," is the follow-up to 2004's "Damita Jo," which was released amidst the aftermath of her controversial Super Bowl appearance. The set debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 987,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A host of bands, some of which have not played live in years, have been added to the lineup for Touch & Go Records' 25th anniversary party, which will be held Sept. 8-10 at Chicago's Hideout. Among the newly confirmed combos are Seam, the Shipping News, Uzeda, Quasi, !!!, the New Year, Three Mile Pilot, the Ex and Negative Approach.
Also regrouping with original members for rare performances are Girls Against Boys, Killdozer and Man ... Or Astroman?. They join previously announced performers Calexico, CocoRosie, Enon, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Shellac, Pinback, Black Heart Procession and the original lineups of Didjits and Scratch Acid.
Tickets for the party go on sale Friday (June 16), with proceeds to benefit the Chicago-based Literacy Works, Tuesday's Child and the Thomas Drummond Elementary School.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
John Mayhew, the drummer in an early lineup of Genesis who was replaced by Phil Collins, recently made a surprise return to his erstwhile profession for the first time in decades at a convention in the band's honor in London.
Mayhew joined Genesis as they were turning professional in 1969, after being recruited from an advertisement placed in the weekly music paper Melody Maker. He played drums on the Genesis album "Trespass" but had departed by the time it was released in October 1970. Collins made his debut on 1971's "Nursery Cryme."
On May 28, Mayhew sat behind the kit on the second day of the 2006 Genesis Convention at the Astoria, when he joined leading tribute band ReGenesis on an encore of "The Knife," the closing track from "Trespass." Mayhew, who now lives in Glasgow, told his temporary bandmates that it was the first time he had drummed in 36 years.
-- Paul Sexton, N.Y.