Sunday Music #15

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite

“Empire State of Mind” is a song performed by the rapper Jay-Z featuring vocals by Alicia Keys, from Jay-Z’s 11th studio album, The Blueprint 3 (2009). The song was originally written by Angela Hunte and Janet Sewell-Ulepic as a tribute to their hometown, New York City. The following month, they submitted it to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation, whose reviews were a discouragement. They later took the suggestion of an associate of EMI Music Publishing and resubmitted it to Jay-Z, who kept the “New York” singing part on the hook but changed the verses and recorded it.

The song originally featured Hunte on the hook, but when Hunte and Sewell-Ulepic were asked if they thought anyone else would be more appropriate for the chorus, Hunte suggested Keys. Mary J. Blige was also considered for the part, but Keys was chosen after Jay-Z heard the song’s piano loop. “Empire State of Mind” contains songwriting contributions from Keys and Shux. The song was described by critics as an “orchestral rap ballad” with “crashing piano chords” and a “soaring” hook. It contains references to various locations in New York and its famous residents, while describing the city’s essence.

A critical success, the song was included in multiple critics’ top 10 lists of the best songs of 2009, including Rolling Stone magazine and The New York Times. It was also nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The song achieved commercial success worldwide. It peaked within the top 10 in many countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Italy and Sweden. In the US, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks, becoming Jay-Z’s first number-one single on the chart as a lead artist.

It has been performed by Jay-Z and Keys multiple times, including during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and the American Music Awards of 2009. Usually when the duo performs the song, an overhead screen shows images of places in New York.


Jay Z Ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind

Jay Z Ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind.

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61 Comments on “Sunday Music #15”

  1. Finally made it to series four of the Crown. Fair play, they’ve made her look a bit like Thatcher, but I dunno why she sounds like she’s permanently straining for a shit.

  2. Thank you so much for all the well-wishes on my 18th birthday!

    Tonight you will find me down at the local pub exposing all the dark secrets behind the climate- and school strike conspiracy and my evil handlers who can no longer control me!

    I am free at last!!

  3. Rolf report 4 Jan

    I have such a close bond with my American human. I curl up on his lap when he’s working in the home office so I can be his inspiration. I do create a few challenges for him as I take away his ability to type sometimes but he seems to like me being there.

    Rolf x

  4. Good morning & welcome to Marvellous Marmalade Monday, the first working Monday of the year and the holiday season has ended.

    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
    ~Dr. Seuss

  5. I think I need to practice my balancing skills a bit more. I was alright on the straight part but found it a bit difficult to get around the corner. My human was still impressed though, she’s easily pleased.

  6. The first Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered this morning and all eyes will be on the name of the first patient.

    I’m sticking my neck out and going for a Mrs Anne Boleyn 90 from Wigan…

  7. Gerry Marsden was such a kind man… always smiling and always up for new life and new music as well as celebrating the past. I feel very honoured to have known him.

  8. A shark could swim faster than me, but I could probably run faster than a shark…

    So in a triathlon, it would all come down to who is the better cyclist!

  9. Have any of your readers lost a pigeon, only there’s one that’s been hanging around outside my local Greggs for a couple of days. It’s grey in colour with a shiny neck and walks with a limp.

    Johnny Turnbull, Hartlepool.

  10. Millions of people in the United States are either being evicted or they are about to be evicted and the government is not helping them. They have no food and no shelter and the government has turned their back on them.

  11. This situation is dangerously out of control, and we need to pool all our resources, expertise and talent. This is a wartime situation and we need a government of National Unity now.


  12. Lots of people asking me what Boris Johnson is up to. I’ve checked all his usual hiding places (Chequers, Caribbean islands, the fridge…) but can’t find him. If you see him please tell him to get to work.

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