Chart Roundup: Rick Ross, Breaking Benjamin, Slayer

August 16, 2006 9:22 PM ET

• Miami rapper Rick Ross, whose hit single "Hustlin'" has sold more than a million ringtones, moved 187,269 copies of his album (featuring Jay-Z) its first week out.

• Pennsylvania post-grunge rockers Breaking Benjamin, who spent the summer on the road with Staind, sold 124,790 copies of their third album its first week on shelves.

• The first Slayer album in 16 years to feature the original lineup seems to have reignited the group's fanbase. Their latest, Rick Rubin-produced effort sold 62,449 units — their best since 1994.

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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