Even with a new collaborative album with R. Kelly just released, Jay-Z is still mining his 2001 solo album for singles. "Song Cry" is the latest track extracted from the hip-hop star's Roc-A-fella/Def

Even with a new collaborative album with R. Kelly just released, Jay-Z is still mining his 2001 solo album for singles. "Song Cry" is the latest track extracted from the hip-hop star's Roc-A-fella/Def Jam album "The Blueprint." Despite no previous promotion from the label, the song has already appeared on Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles airplay chart, peaking at No. 12 in January.

A video for the track was recently shot in Los Angeles with director Sanaa Hamri. Along with Jay-Z, the clip features Dame, Biggs, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Carla Maria.

Released last September, "The Blueprint" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and also topped Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It has already spawned several hit singles, including "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and "Girls Girls Girls," which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and "Jigga That N****," which peaked at No. 29.

Although "The Best of Both Worlds," Jay-Z' Roc-a-fella/Jive/Def Jam collaboration with R. Kelly, was only released yesterday (March 19), three songs from the set have already reached Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The title track peaked at No. 39, while "Get This Money" peaked at No. 55 and "Take You Home With Me A.K.A. Body" recently topped out at No. 57.

As previously reported, Jay-Z will among the performers at the April 9 UrbanAID 2 benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, presented by LIFEbeat. The show will also feature Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Ja Rule, the Roots, Fat Joe, Ashanti, Musiq, and comedian Jamie Foxx at the show, which will be taped by BET for future broadcast. Kelly was originally set to appear, but recently dropped off the bill.

A limited number of "gold circle benefactor tickets" for the show were released today (March 20). Available through Ticketmaster, the $250 ducats guarantee seats in the first 12 rows of the theater. Proceeds from the event will benefit LIFEbeat's AIDS and HIV awareness and prevention programs. For more information, visit the LIFEbeat Web site.

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