*Jay-Z is always making headlines with something new. One of the best over-played singles, “Empire State of Mind” has affected audiences everywhere, but it especially has won the hearts and ears of millions of New Yorkers, including the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
The AP reports that the NYRA has replaced Frank Sinatra’s classic “New York, New York” with Hov’s hit to be the opening record at the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes this past Saturday. He did say he is the new Sinatra in the song. We guess he’s right about that.
Sung by teen singer Jasmine Villegasas, the song has officially been dubbed the New York theme song by NYRA, saying the song is the “quintessential 21st century theme song for New York City.”
This isn’t the first time song has won over old classics. It also became the theme song for the New York Yankees during the World Series.
But this is big of the NYRA, being that Sinatra’s has been the opening theme song since ’97 after it replaced “Sidewalks of New York.”