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Plus: Beyonce Not Pregnant, Lady Gaga Cancels in France

October 21, 2010 6:45 AM ET

Beyoncé Not Pregnant, Says Mom
Contrary to reports that Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child, B"s mother Tina Knowles appeared on Ellen yesterday to say that rumors of her daughter's pregnancy are "not true." [TMZ]

Kings of Leon, Sugarland Battle for 'Billboard 200' Top Spot
Sugarland's new album The Incredible Machine is expected to edge out Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown for the Number One spot on next week's Billboard 200. Forecasters predict Incredible Machine will sell in the 220,000 range, about 30,000 more than Come Around Sundown, which would prevent the Followill clan from scoring their first-ever Number One. [ Billboard ]

Lady Gaga's Paris Concert Postponed By Strikes
Transportation concerns stemming from a refinery worker's strike in France have forced Lady Gaga to postpone two concerts from this weekend. The shows will now happen in December. [Lady Gaga]

Far*East Movement Take Number One on Hot 100
It took 10 weeks and several Number Two finishes, but the Far*East Movement's "Like a G6" finally captured the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The band become the first artist since D4L and 2006's "Laffy Taffy" to take the top spot with their first charting single. [Billboard.biz]

Sirius XM Launches Pearl Jam Station
To celebrate Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, happening on October 22nd, Sirius XM will launch a station dedicated to the Seattle rockers. It will kick off with a broadcast of Pearl Jam's 10th anniversary show in Las Vegas on October 22nd, 2000, plus highlights from the band's first-ever concert at Seattle's Off Camp Café on October 22nd, 1990. The station will also feature unreleased music from the band's personal music library, tracks from their solo projects, their greatest hits and more. [Press Release]

Plus: Smashing Pumpkins plan new EP, White Stripes single sells for $18,000 and more.

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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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