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Van Halen returns; Music biz takes its temperature; Bjork is for the children

Van Halen — pictured here back-in-the-day, circa 1982 — are back. Again. (AP Photo/File)

- How did the music industry fare in 2011? Spin has parsed Nielsen SoundScan’s year-end album sales review and Pollstar has analyzed the top 200 North American concert tours.

- Bjork will kick off a residency-style string of shows in New York City starting in February — and she’ll be hosting an educational workshop for middle school students, too. Pretty cool.

- In today’s Weekend section, read album reviews of Buraka Som Sistema, Jeffrey Focault, Melodime and Washington’s own Drew Gibson.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about Adele's sadness, Kendrick Lamar's fury, Young Thug's genius and T-Pain's vulnerability.


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