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Jay-Z ‘Empire State Of Mind’
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The king of hip-hop, Jay-Z, returns once again with his impressive new single ‘Empire State of Mind’. The track features singer songwriter Alicia Keys, who blesses the chorus with her amazingly soulful voice and flawless piano playing. The track is listed at number 3 on Jay-Z's 11th studio album ‘The Blueprint 3’ and is broadly viewed as the best overall pop track on the album.

The song is dedicated to New York City, a location native to both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and features a sample of ‘Love on a Two-Way Street’ by The Moments. It only just missed out on reaching the number 1 spot in the UK singles chart on October 4th, but nevertheless made a giant leap when the album, ‘The Blueprint 3’, was released. It even outsold the song that was meant to be the album's main track, ‘Run This Town’, in which Jay-Z collaborates with Rihanna.

The track's main influences appear to be orchestra, electro pop, ‘Love on a Two-Way Street’ by the Moments and New York City. Orchestra pop and electro pop is perhaps taking over the charts at the moment, with high flyers such as N-Dubz and Dizzee Rascal both using this genre to promote their own material. Although the track is loosely based around ‘Love on a Two-Way Street’, it is far slower and has entirely different lyrics. New York City is obviously a huge influence in both the video and the lyrics. References are made to NBA superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who play for the New York Knicks, as well as 560 State Street, the place in New York City in which Jay-Z grew up. The music video, which features both a collage of pictures and videos, was recorded in various locations including Ground Zero, Times Square, The Chrysler Building, Ebbets Field and the Yankees Stadium. It was directed by Hype Williams who has worked with the likes of ex-hip-hop superstar Biggie Smalls, R&B Queen Missy Elliott and hip-hop legend Nas.

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The album, ‘The Blueprint 3’, was released on September 8th and sold 476,000 copies in its first week. It was released on Jay-Z's record label, Roc Nation and distributed by Atlantic Records. Unfortunately for Jay-Z, he missed out on having the biggest selling hip-hop album of 2009 to Eminem's ‘Relapse’, but with illegal downloads jeopardising album sales, it's becoming harder and harder to gauge real popularity in the music industry.

‘The Blueprint 3’ features guest appearances from artists including Alicia Keys, Drake, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and many more. Helping Jay-Z produce the tracks on the album are big time rap icon Kanye West and producer extraordinaire Timbaland. In an interview with DJ Semtex, Jay-Z stated that his favourite track on the ‘Blueprint 3’ album was ‘Empire State of Mind’.

Click here for free music video downloads of Jay-Z ‘Run This Town’ featuring Rihanna & Kanye West.

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