Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

Album: The Element of Freedom (2009)
Charted: 4 55

Songfacts®:

  • 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.

Comments: 3

  • 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.
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