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.