There's nothing new about Linda Ronstadt strolling through the Great American Songbook. She established a respectable post-rock career with her three 1980s big-band albums arranged with Sinatra-esque swing by Nelson Riddle.
What better way to appeal to today's young audience than to have Avril Lavigne kick off a SpongeBob SquarePants soundtrack with the theme song? "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (opening in theaters Nov.
Chris Thomas King has earned a reputation as a blues innovator. He hasn't been afraid to explore hip-hop, sampling and unorthodox mixing techniques. His bravado paid major creative dividends on his 2002 album, "Dirty South Hip-Hop Blues.