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.
Alicia Keys crushed her old record for most single sales, which comes from her second best seller ‘No One’ at 3,705,000 copies, while Jay-Z is a bit closer with his Rihanna assisted ‘Umbrella’ single, which has sold an impressive 4,089,000 copies to date.
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ smash single ‘Empire State Of Mind’ appeared on Jay-Z’s 11th studio album ‘The Blueprint 3,’ which was released in 2009.