Jay Z and Nas Join Alicia Keys to Perform “Empire State of Mind” and “One Love”
Alicia Keys is preparing to drop her first album in nearly four years with Here next month, and performed a special concert in Times Square Sunday night (Oct. 9) to celebrate, bringing out Jay Z and Nas at different points in the show. Above, she performs "Empire State of Mind" with Jay Z, the crowd erupting as Jay's verse starts and then he appears on stage. Afterward, Nas comes out to perform "One Love" which doesn't feature Keys but is consistent with some of the themes on her new album.
Here is set to drop on Nov. 4, with Keys releasing a new single, "Blended Family," with A$AP Rocky late last week (Oct. 7). The song is dedicated to the children that Swizz Beatz had with Mashonda before his marriage to Keys, with Keys writing on her website, “It means so much to me and our whole family. The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”
The album is available for preorder via iTunes with previous releases "In Common" and "Back to Life" not yet confirmed to be on it. Watch Keys, Jay Z and Nas perform in clips both above and below, with Jay having joined Beyonce to perform "Drunk in Love" at a Formation stop in New Jersey just a few days prior.
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