'WELCOME' BACK: Another veteran artist, although quite different in musical style from Tony Bennett, makes an impressive return to the Billboard 200.
Rock legend Alice Cooper celebrates his highest-charting Billboard 200 title in 22 years, as "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" bows at No. 22. Cooper last ranked higher on the chart when "Trash" climbed to No. 20 in 1989, fueled by the No. 7 Hot 100 hit "Poison."
Cooper's best Billboard 200 showing remains his sole No. 1 set, 1973's "Billion Dollar Babies."
"Welcome 2" is the sequel album to Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," which reached No. 5 in 1975. The new collection includes a cameo by Ke$ha, who duets on "What Baby Wants."
"I met (Ke$ha) at the Grammys," Cooper told Billboard last month. "I immediately looked at her and went, 'This girl is not a pop diva. She's a rock singer.' She would much rather be the female Robert Plant than the next Britney Spears.
"There's a little bit of defiance in me. Even when my fans think they know what I'm gonna do, I'm like ... nobody's going to expect Ke$ha on my album so, great, let's do it."
COUNTRY RHODES: Kristin Chenoweth notches her best-charting album on the Billboard 200, as "Some Lessons Learned" opens at No. 50. The Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress/singer concurrently bows on Country Albums at No. 14, marking her first entry on the list.
The versatile Chenoweth has previously visited the Christian Albums chart ("As I Am"; No. 31, 2005) and Holiday Albums ("A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas"; No. 7, 2008).
Chenoweth's talents have found a wider audience thanks to her multiple guest appearances on Fox's "Glee," where she has portrayed the comical and big-voiced April Rhodes. She has appeared in a featured role on six Hot 100 hits by the "Glee" cast, led by the No. 51-peaking "Alone" in 2009.
'ROLL'-ING 'STONE': Mumford & Sons chalk up their third Alternative Songs top 10 from their debut album, "Sigh No More," as "Roll Away Your Stone" rises 11-10.
The song follows the No. 1 "Little Lion Man" and No. 3 follow-up "The Cave."
"Sigh" spends its record-extending 55th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart.
ROX ON: Venerable Swedish pop duo Roxette makes its first appearance on Adult Contemporary since the No. 27-peaking "Wish I Could Fly" in 2000, as "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" tunes in at No. 30.
The song appears on the pair's first album since 2001, "Charm School." Released digitally in the U.S. in February, the set arrived at No. 1 on the German Albums chart in March. Roxette had last led a Billboard chart 10 years earlier, when "Room Service" topped the Sweden Albums list.
Roxette has now placed titles on the AC survey in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s, becoming the only duo to do so.
The twosome twice rose as high as No. 2 on AC, with first chart entry "Listen to Your Heart" in 1989 and "Pretty Woman" love ballad "It Must Have Been Love" in 1990.