So, here goes Alicia going for solo live on her version of the #1 (and now overplayed) record in the country. I know the final version which will appear on her album December 15th will have Jay on it, but no worries as Ms. Keys version is somber and way more likely to be remembered by those who aren’t hip-hop fans (see those who prefer Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” as the official anthem of New York City).

DOWNLOAD: Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind II (Live)