Billboard Bits: Joe Jackson, Arista, The Gits

News on Joe Jackson, Arista, The Gits

JacksonInitial pressings of Joe Jackson's upcoming album, "Volume 4," will include a bonus six-track live disc of old favorites. Recorded in September during a brief U.K. tour with the reunited Joe Jackson Band, the disc will feature the classics "One More Time," "On Your Radio," "It's Different for Girls," "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Got the Time," and "I'm the Man."

"We did seven shows prior to recording [the new album]," Jackson tells "Just little club shows, 'cause I really feel like playing live just takes things up to another level."

Due March 11 from Restless/Ryko in the U.S., "Volume 4" marks the 25th anniversary of the recording of Jackson's debut album, "Look Sharp!" (A&M). He and the band will kick off kick off a 19-date North American tour March 14 in New Orleans.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

AvrilArista Records is relaunching the DVD single and will release titles from Avril Lavigne, Clipse, and Pink on March 11, Billboard Bulletin reports. Lavigne's DVD single has videos for "I'm With You" and "Sk8er Boi"; Clipse's has "When the Last Time" and "Grindin'." Both titles will include the artists' electronic press kits and a photo gallery. Pink's DVD single has videos for "Family Portrait" and "Don't Let Me Get Me," plus live versions of "Family Portrait" and "Numb."

The DVD singles will list for $7.98, down from the $9.98 price they carried when the company initially launched the configuration in November 2000. Also, in an attempt to have DVD singles displayed with music titles in stores, Arista is using jewel-case packaging that is specially marked to alert consumers that the product inside is a DVD. Previous DVD singles had clamshell packaging and were stocked in the movie sections of retail outlets.

-- Ed Christman, N.Y.

ZapataThe surviving members of the Gits are working with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney) on reissues of the band's two full-length albums, due this summer via the independent Broken Rekids label. The new editions of 1992's "Frenching the Bully" and 1994's "Enter... The Conquering Chicken" will each be expanded with bonus tracks.

Additionally, bandmembers Joe Spleen (real name: Andrew Kessler), Matthew Fred Dresdner, and Steve Moriarty are working with director Kerri O'Kane and producer Jessica Bender on "The Gits," a film about the band and its late lead singer Mia Zapata. A March 7 screening of the work-in-progress at Seattle's Experience Music Project will raise funds to finish the film.

On July 7, 1993, Zapata was found strangled with the drawstring of her Gits sweatshirt, more than a mile from the Seattle neighborhood in which she was last seen alive. Last month, Jesus C. Mezquia was arrested in Florida after his DNA profile matched a sample taken from the crime scene. He is being held without bail at the Miami-Dade County Jail on a fugitive warrant for murder and violation of probation while awaiting a Feb. 12 extradition hearing.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.