News: Alicia Keys Reveals "Empire State Of Mind Part II" During Live Performance [Video]

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 1:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Alicia Keys has treated fans to "Empire State Of Mind Part II", the highly-anticipated follow up to her hit with Jay-Z, when she debuted the song during a live performance this week.

The singer confirmed recent reports which suggested the track was in the works at an iHeartRadio Stripped set.

A sequel to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' duet track "Empire State of Mind" has just been unveiled. Alicia showcased the new song titled "Empire State of Mind Part 2" live when visiting iHeartRadio earlier this week. She played the piano during the performance. (Ace Showbiz)

Initial speculation of the track's existence landed online earlier this month.

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys couldn't contain their enthusiasm for New York to one song, so the pair have decided to team up again for a sequel to their hometown anthem. Keys will include "Empire State of Mind Part 2" on December's The Element of Freedom. The sequel will feature a new verse from Jay, a rep for Keys confirmed to MTV News. The first version of the song was featured on Jay's Blueprint 3 album, and the duo performed the track at the Video Music Awards and before game two of the World Series. (MTV)

Their original record has also landed atop Billboard's Hot 100.

Jay-Z will earn his fourth Hot 100 No. 1, but his first as a lead or co-billed performer, as his collaboration with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," will top the chart to be released tomorrow. "Empire" takes Hot 100 Airplay Gainer honors as it rises 6-1 on the Radio Songs chart (up 15 million listener impressions to 109.5 million), the largest climb to No. 1 on that chart since Kanye West's "Stronger" jumped 7-1 on the chart dated Oct. 6, 2007. (Billboard)

The duo will also hit the stage this weekend for the American Music Awards.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 22 on ABC: Superstar Jay Z and hubby-snatchin' songbird Alicia Keys are set to perform the chart-topping collabo "Empire State of Mind" at the 2009 American Music Awards next month. The duo performed the single -- featured on Hov's Blueprint 3 LP -- at the MTV VMAs last month, but irksome rapper Lil Mama crashed the stage during the performance. (Pop Crunch)

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