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Crawling from the wreckage

The headline above is strictly metaphorical, but I do feel a bit dazed returning to the blogging fray after a prolonged absence. (Well, I did a short post last night, but that was more of a soft-launch return.)

I wanted to thank Korina Lopez for a great job of filling in. You've read her concert reviews here before, and I hope she's able to continue contributing.

It's still full American Idol mode around the USA TODAY territories, so that's going to be my primary focus until it's over, but you'll still see the regular features on sales and airplay updates, reviews, playlists, and other topics and news that emerge -- plus a whole bunch of capsule commentaries on new and upcoming albums (there are tons coming out now).