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.