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Raphael Saadiq

Top 10 'Empire' songs and the stories behind them

Top 10 'Empire' songs and the stories behind them

With songs overseen by Timbaland (who produced hits for Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z) and partner Jim Beanz, "Empire" has boasted plenty of tunes that could easily fit on radio. Here are 10 great tracks from its debut season with comments from those behind the music.

10. "Conqueror" — Estelle and Jussie Smollett

The soaring ballad, lifted from the British R&B singer's latest album, was flipped into a duet after Columbia's senior Vice President of A&R Shawn Holiday brought it to Smollett. ("A lot of songs get rejected," Holiday says of the process.) It rocketed to No. 1 on iTunes' hip-hop/rap...