News: Jay-Z's "Empire State Of Mind" Co-Writer Revealed, "I Come From The Same Building Where He Lived"

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 12:05PM

Written by Rosario Harper

The co-writer behind Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" smash hit has come forward to discuss her reaction to the song's success.

Singer/Songwriter Angela Hunte said she could still not believe how big the record has been.

"I come from the same building where he lived, and we knew each other from BK, but we never worked together. Not in a million years did I think I'd make this hit for him," says Hunte, who actually grew up at "560 State Street," the street address Jay-Z mentions on the track. "I still have no words even for the World Series performance. You get your hopes up with artists but then things happen and the record doesn't make it for whatever reason. But Jay loved the song, it made the album and it sounds crazy...[Alicia Keys] made the song sound so close to the original," says Hunte. "She just nailed it and brought it home. It was a great choice...The original is so powerful it's only a matter of time till you hear it down the line." (Billboard)

The hit 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. (Hot 100 Charts)

In addition to performing at the World Series 2009, Jay and Keys showcased their duet at the American Music Awards last month.

After the intro, Keys was on the main stage, accompanying herself on the piano while she sang "New York, New York," the classic made world-famous by Frank Sinatra. Meanwhile, the man who says he's the the modern-day version of Ol' Blue Eyes leaned on the piano, wearing a white tux jacket, black pants, a bow tie and sunglasses. After a few moments, the beat for "Empire State of Mind" kicked in and most of the audience rose to their feet. Mary J. Blige, Perez Hilton, Whitney Houston and many others were seen dancing in the audience. "Concrete jungle where dreams are made ..." (MTV)

Keys has already penned an "Empire State of Mind Part II" song.

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)

Check out Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performing "Empire State of Mind" together down below:

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