Hov had reached #1 before via cameos on Rihanna's "Umbrella," Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker," but none of the songs from his albums had ever made it. Earlier this year, "Run This Town" came close to the #1 spot, reaching as high as #2.
"Empire State of Mind" — which features
Jay said the record resonates with everyone, even if they aren't from NYC, because of the underlying message. "Really, 'Empire State of Mind' is about inspiration, it's about hope," he reiterated in a statement Thursday. "I think that's what connects with people."
Earlier this week, Alicia Keys debuted "Empire State of Mind 2" at the PC Richard & Sons Theater in the Big Apple. "I'm gonna play this for you, different than you've ever heard," she told the crowd.
"If I could make it here, I could make it anywhere, that's what they say," she sang. "Seeing my face in lights or my name in marquees all down Broadway/ Even if it ain't all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams/ I'm from New York/ Concrete jungle where dreams are made of/ There's nothing you can't do."