This is a soulfully soaring solo sequel to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys hometown anthem, "Empire State of Mind." Jay-Z was originally scheduled to contribute a new verse to the remake but the rapper does not appear on the final version.
Keys told The Sun November 13, 2009: "It's just exciting to be able to put together a song about the city I was born and raised in and then to be able to make it an anthem the world can feel. I just love the energy that's behind it."
When this debuted at #55 on the Hot 100 chart dated January 2, 2010, it marked the first chart appearance of a sequel to a #1 since Usher followed "Love In This Club" with "Love in This Club Part II" (#18) in 2008.
Pedro from PortugalI love this song. Alicia is great The Jay Z is fine. But this one is great, suberb. But i understand americans don't like this one so much. You don't know much classical music . And by classic music I mean Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart. etc Sorry. You don't know what you are missing.
Oto from SlovakiaPerfect song! So much energy from sung melody...
Joseph from Brooklyn, NyMe and my mother love this song. Jay-z's version was good too.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson conceived "Dancing Queen" as a dance song with the working title "Boogaloo," drawing inspiration from the 1974 George McCrae disco hit "Rock Your Baby." Their manager Stig Anderson came up with the title "Dancing Queen."
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."