Weekend Rock Question: Who Is the Best New Artist of 2011?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

December 23, 2011 3:25 PM ET

Foster the People, Lana Del Rey Tyler the Creator
Foster the People, Lana Del Rey and Tyler the Creator perform.
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2011 has been a great year for new artists, with acts such as Lana Del Rey, Foster the People, Frank Ocean, Sleeper Agent, Yuck, Tyler the Creator, Wild Flag, Cage the Elephant, the Joy Formidable, Danny Brown and the Weeknd all making their first big splash in pop culture. Our question for you this week is: Who is your favorite new artist of 2011?

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

Last weekend, we asked you to choose the best song of 2011, and we compiled the results in this video gallery.

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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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