How does a venerated Jamaican Jazz heritage artist like Monty Alexander, 67, whose performed and recorded with everyone from the Skatalites and Frank Sinatra to Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones stay relevant today? Well, he might want to book two solid weeks at NYC's famed Blue Note, bring in artists like Sly & Robbie, Shaggy, Dean Fraser and Diana King to play, and grab a 2012 Grammy nomination for good measure.
Beyond chart-topping mainstays Rihanna and Adele, other artists who shined this week included: the band Train, who released the first single off their upcoming sixth album; Van Halen, who dropped a reunion single; the UK pop vocal quintet The Wanted, who got a boost from Ellen; veteran rock band Nightwish; and popular DJ Steve Aoki.
New Edition's trail to the 2013 30th anniversary of the group's first album ("Candy Girl") will include live shows, a new studio album, a book, a movie, possibly a play and a blow-out gig that could result in a DVD -- at least if the group members have their way.
As previously reported, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" lights up the top slot on the Billboard 200 as it arrives with 964,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But Weezy's achievement is a mere chunk of the chart news this week, as we take a look at the rest of the top 10 best-selling albums and songs.