TICKER: “Empire State of Mind” becomes highest selling single of all time

Rap mogul Jay Z and songstress Alicia Keys’ single, “Empire State of Mind“, has become the highest selling single of all time surpassing the 5 million sold mark recently.

Music superstars Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have just surpassed the 5 million mark in digital sales for their collaboration single ‘Empire State Of Mind.’ When Roc Nation head honcho Jay-Z teamed up with singing sensation Alicia Keys to drop their collaboration single ‘Empire State Of Mind’ back in October of 2009, fans everywhere already knew the song would be a massive hit. What many didn’t guess is that it would become the highest selling single of all time for both of the well accomplished music veterans. Today the duo’s track surpassed 5 million digital sales, and marks the first time either artist has reached the coveted 5x platinum mark for any of their singles. (The Versed)

Jigga’s second best selling single is his Rhianna collaboration “Umbrella“.

“Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the biggest-selling hit for both artists. Jay-Z’s second best-seller is Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” on which he was featured, which has sold 4,089,000 copies. Keys’ second-best-seller is “No One,” which has sold 3,705,000 copies. (Yahoo News)

Back in 2010, Nas expressed his thoughts on Jay Z’s smash single, which plays off the title of a song of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, “New York State of Mind“.

“It’s just keeping that whole thing alive — this New York thing,” Nas said in an interview. “There are a lot of people complaining about New York hip-hop, about it not being what it was, and he stood up and now we have another anthem to be proud of…I think [Jay-Z] pretty much handled it. Of course, I’m always gonna talk about New York — it’s the greatest city in the world. But I’m not in the studio making a New York record now to one up anybody, no.”


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