Week in Review: Welcome, Blue Ivy Carter

Also: Radiohead headlining Coachella 2012 and Snoop Dogg is arrested for weed

January 13, 2012 4:55 PM ET

Jay-Z, Beyonce
Welcome Blue Ivy Carter!
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The world got a bit more glamorous this week with the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, the sure-to-be fabulous daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The happy occasion was marred somewhat when another hospital patient claimed that the superstar couple’s security stopped him from seeing his own newborns, but Jay-Z was still on Cloud Nine, as evidenced by "Glory," the tender song he recorded in honor of his new daughter that included her first cries.

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Also, Rolling Stone announced the 2012 Coachella lineup, revealed Paul McCartney’s cheeky new album title and Madonna’s more succinct one, reported Snoop Dogg’s arrest for possessing weed, cracked open ODB’s FBI file, followed the health woes of Nick Cannon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis and investigated the Velvet Underground’s lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation. We also chatted with Tony Bennett about his lifelong pop success and Lady Gaga, announced the next batch of Grammy performers and BRIT Award nominees, explored John Lennon’s love of felines and took a look at this week in rock history.
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In pop culture, Peter Travers tossed The Devil Inside and Joyful Noise into his dreaded Scum Bucket, Scott Steinberg reported on the celebrity cameos and products at the Consumer Electronics Show and Colleen Nika explored Lil Wayne’s new skateboarding fashion line.

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Our question for you this week is: what's the best "Weird Al" Yankovic song parody of all time? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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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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