Jay-Z recently let it be known that Mary J Blige was first considered for his "Empire State Of Mind" hit, that he later did with Alicia Keys. According to HOV, he was basically "two seconds" away from calling Mary J to do the track. It's hard to imagine the track without Keys but as Jay-Z told the Miami New Times, something in the piano sound and melody struck him and so he went with Alicia.
In related news, Jay-Z is to headline the Wireless Festival in the United Kingdom. Jay will be joined by his protege Mr Hudson. Pink, the Ting Tings, Gossip and The Temper Trap will also perform at the three-day extravaganza.
Jay-Z – Empire State Of Mind (Behind The Scenes)
Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind