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EXCLUSIVE 'Empire' First Listen: Mary J. Blige Sounds Flawless in 'Shake Down'

by Leanne Aguilera 10:30 AM PDT, March 09, 2015
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The guest list on Empire just keeps getting better and better!

If you're not already obsessed with Empire -- TV's most addicting new drama -- you most certainly will be after this week's episode, which welcomes not one, but two music superstars to the smash series: Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige.

To help get you even more excited for the A-list filled episode, we at ETonline have your exclusive first listen at the hour's most download-worthy song, "Shake Down," featuring Grammy award winner Blige and Empire's musically gifted patriarch Terrence Howard.

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In Wednesday's all-new chapter, Blige plays Angie, a woman from Lucious' (Howard) past who makes her way back into his present.

"Shake Down," which will be featured in a very important flashback scene, is a piano-heavy duet that -- in true Empire fashion -- will be stuck in your head all day long.

Press play on our exclusive first listen above to be the first to hear "Shake Down," which will also be featured on the official soundtrack for season one. 

Blige will join a roster of hit singers -- Courtney Love, Estelle, Jennifer Hudson, Juicy J, and Rita Ora -- as well as the show's dynamite cast that performs each week's addictive new songs.

Two versions of the soundtrack will be released through Columbia Records on Tuesday, Mar. 10: A standard edition and a digital deluxe version, which includes the fan favorite track, "Drip Drop."

Standard Edition Track-list:

1. "Good Enough" feat. Jussie Smollett
2. "What Is Love" feat. V.Bozeman
3. "No Apologies" feat. Yazz and Jussie Smollett
4. "Keep It Movin’" feat. Serayah McNeil and Yazz
5. "Walk Out On Me" feat. Courtney Love
6. "Conqueror" feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett
7. "Remember the Music" feat. Jennifer Hudson
8. "Shake Down" feat. Mary J. Blige and Terrence Howard
9. "Power of the Empire" feat. Yazz
10. "Nothing to Lose" feat. Jussie Smollett
11. "Whatever Makes You Happy" feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J

Digital Deluxe Edition Track-list:

1. "Good Enough feat. Jussie Smollett
2. "What Is Love" feat. V.Bozeman
3. "No Apologies" feat. Yazz and Jussie Smollett
4. "Keep It Movin’" feat. Serayah McNeil and Yazz
5. "Keep Your Money" feat. Jussie Smollett
6. "Drip Drop" feat. Yazz and Serayah McNeil
7. "Can’t Truss ‘Em" feat. Yazz
8. "I Wanna Love You" feat. Jussie Smollett
9. "Money For Nothing" feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
10. "Walk Out On Me" feat. Courtney Love
11. "You’re So Beautiful" feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
12. "Conqueror" feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett
13. "Remember the Music" feat. Jennifer Hudson
14. "Power of the Empire" feat. Yazz
15. "Shake Down" feat. Mary J. Blige and Terrence Howard
16. "Nothing to Lose" feat. Jussie Smollett
17. "Whatever Makes You Happy" feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J
18. "NY Raining" feat. Charles Hamilton and Rita Ora

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